In the renaissance era, there were self portraits; in the age of social media, seflies!
One too many times I’ve seen people post subpar selfies, and although this may seem like no big deal, it is.
Not only are these photographs physical expressions of your likeness, they are a representation of you and your aesthetic sensibilities.
In short, no matter how silly or useless you think selfies are, they still say a lot about you. That being said, here are some foolproof tips on how you can achieve that perfect photograph.
1. Find the light
When taking photographs, natural light works best. Well-lit open areas are the most ideal spots. Make sure the light isn’t too harsh, as this may wash out your features.
Pro tip: “Golden hour” is the perfect time to take selfies outdoors. This is the time of day when the sun is just about to set — it’s perfect natural lighting.
Literally “find your light” and make sure you don’t go against any light source when taking photos, because you may end up with dark, blurry shots.
But as with all things, there are exceptions. Sometimes, going against the light may work to your advantage. Depending on what camera you use and what your photography settings are, being against the light can also add to the photo’s drama.
2. Be the focus
In life and in selfies, you should always strive to be the center of attention. This is easily doable by taking selfies against any simple backdrop that isn’t too cluttered or busy.
Pro tip: Dual-camera phones usually have a bokeh feature which blurs out the background and automatically makes you the photograph’s focal point.
This works wonders for when the background is too busy, but you just really need to take a selfie.
3. Don’t go overboard with editing
It pays to have instant beautification mode on your selfie camera because it automatically makes you look fresh on days when you’re not feeling 100 percent super. But, too much of something is never a good thing, and this applies to photo buffing, as well.
The goal here is to blur out slight imperfections and not your face. It’s a selfie after all, so it should showcase your face, and not turn you into Voldemort!
4. Invest in a decent camera
Gone are the days of VGA phone cameras! These days, most smartphones carry power-packed shooters.
Traditionally, rear phone cameras were considered the main shooters and usually had better photo capabilities than front-facing cameras. This isn’t necessarily the case anymore. With the selfie revolution at hand, brands have recognized the need for optimizing front-facing snappers.
Take note: no matter how cute you are in it, a crappy photo will always be a crappy photo. Quality selfies are key!
5. Relax, be genuine
The best version of yourself, whether in photographs or in real life, is the genuine version. If you are uncomfortable, it will show in photographs!
Pro tip: Just be yourself and smile — think happy thoughts!
Remember to never settle for less than perfect when it’s your face you’re portraying!
Taking photos with these basic rules may take some getting used to, but today’s technology just makes it easier for us. You’ll be a selfie expert in no time!
Ready, set, selfie!
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Vivo.