The first “selfie” was taken in 1839 by an American photographer, Robert Cornelius. I won’t go into details, but the process of creating a photograph used to be a difficult, time-consuming task. Nowadays, taking a stunning selfie is a lot easier, but there’s still room for improvement.
Whether you’re looking to improve your Instagram feed or Facebook timeline, here are three tips on taking a great selfie!
Poor lighting can make the most attractive person look bad. If possible, find a window to stand next to. Natural, soft light is the best to show off your features. Avoid harsh lighting, like the sun at noon, because this will create bad shadows. Also, try not to use your flash because it produces an unflattering light.
The angle is almost as important as lighting, and it’s a close second. Lower angles will almost always make the smallest person appear they have a double chin. Make sure to hold the camera at least at eye level and extend your head/chin up slightly. Holding the camera a little above your head can slim down your face.
Be yourself and be natural! The whole point of a selfie is to show who you are. Try smiling naturally. A smile isn’t solely visible on your lips but also in your eyes and face. Be confident and don’t be scared to take more than one picture.
(bonus tip!) Rules are meant to be broken. Be creative while taking your selfies!
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