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5 Tips to a Better Selfie

Jan 20 2015

Love ’em or hate ’em, selfies are here to stay! It’s the new way to capture moments and cherish memories. Here are a few tips to stay looking fresh in yours:

lighting1. Lighting

Photographers agree:  light is one of the most important parts of any photograph. Natural light is best, so try to take your selfie near a window or outside if possible. Face the light source in order to highlight your features and avoid harsh shadows. The best times of day for photography are the golden hours of sunrise and sunset, when the light is low and diffused by the setting sun. Still not sure if your lighting is working? Looking at your reflection in the camera, rotate back and forth as you take note of the change in light, and from there you can see your best angles.

 

angle2. Angle

Not only are straight-on shots uninteresting, they can often be unflattering too. Find your good side by rotating and tilting your head, looking for balance and symmetry. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head also adds depth and intrigue. Strike a pose, or twelve, until you find the one for you.

 

 

 

 

 

background3. Background

The ultimate selfie is one that shows off more than just a face – what’s going on behind you? A breathtaking sunset? Fresh street art? The most beautiful color of green you’ve seen? Add some interest to your photo with an exciting backdrop. But beware, as the background is where the photobombers are lurking…

 

 

feature focus4. Focus on One Feature

If you’re planning on showing off your hot lipstick, downplay other facial features to give your lips that extra pop. If you’d like to show off a glam new manicure, choose a background without distractions.

 

 

 

 

beyourself5. Be Yourself

As long as you’re being you, you can never be wrong. As long as you’re being you, you will always be fierce.  Audrey said it best: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

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