Young people take the largest number of ‘selfies’ in the world. The word selfie became popular in 2002, although the first ever selfie was taken in 1839 when the photographer Robert Cornelius was testing his new equipment. Am sure you are wondering how he held the camera, considering its weight at that time, well he didn’t. He set the camera, snapped it and ran into the shot because the process was very very slow.
I have seen a lot of selfies; the good, the bad and the ugly. You better tell yourself which one it is before your friends tell you. There are things you should avoid when you want to take a selfie and there are also things you should do to get a good selfie. For me I don’t think there is such a thing as the ‘PERFECT SELFIE’ because selfies are taken for different reasons. When taking a selfie, watch out for these selfie tips:
When taking a selfie, be as natural as natural can be, trust me it’s more fun to see your natural self. Your friends see you all made up all the time so seeing you natural gives a different angle to your personality, except if you have a monster to hide behind all that made up face. As my lecturer would say ‘You cannot run away from yourself can you’?
Pick well lit areas
When it comes to photography, light is the secret to great photos. So when you want to take a selfie, stand close to a light source from the door or window, better still take it outside. Natural lights do it best so avoid built in flash as much as you can because it can cause a forehead glare and that’s a no-no.
Don’t fake it
Girls girls girls pleassssee! avoid the duck face (aka ‘the pout’). Its well overrated and ugly. Someone said ‘are you a bird enthusiast? Is your favourite Disney character Donald Duck? Are you a big fan of the University of Oregon Ducks? If you answered yes to any of these questions – STILL DON’T DO THE DUCK FACE. So whether you’re smiling, making a crazy face, showing off your new glasses or anything, we have faces for a reason which is to express ourselves! So capture your feeling and make it real. You cant take a selfie while you are asleep and don’t tell us you didn’t even know when the picture was taken, we know what a selfie is. PS “duck face is not and will never be an expression
Facing the camera head-on
Some people don’t think that taking a selfie at a straight angle is good ‘selfieing’, rather a slight tilt to the left or right is just fine. But personally I think there is nothing wrong with a straight angle selfie if it is well taken. All you need to do is study your pictures and find which is the most flattering and keep it there.
Don’t stand above the camera
This goes to both girls and guys, when taking your selfie, make sure your phone or device is positioned above your head. When you angle your camera below your head and take a picture with the flash on, we might be forced to ask if you want us to see your face or the hair inside your nostrils. For girls who are busty, guys will love your lower angle selfies because they will be focusing more on your busts rather than your face. So when taking your selfies, make sure you completely eliminate this position from your selfie poses.
Finally take a selfie as a memory of an awesome event
When you are out with friends at a cool serene environment or even alone, if you are not shy, take a selfie with your background in sight to remind you of your awesome event.
We will be talking more on selfie do’s and don’ts in the next post.