How to take the best selfies

Just like there’s no one definite kind of selfie, there’s no one particular way to take the perfect selfie. Selfies are a great way of showing who you were with, the places you visited, the fun times you are having, and a lot more. But it’s very easy to get selfies wrong. So we’ve got […]

Written by Sabyasachi Biswas | Updated: May 10, 2018 4:47:02 pm

Just like there’s no one definite kind of selfie, there’s no one particular way to take the perfect selfie. Selfies are a great way of showing who you were with, the places you visited, the fun times you are having, and a lot more. But it’s very easy to get selfies wrong. So we’ve got a few pointers on what you should do to make your selfies interesting.

Let there be light!

Light is a photograph’s best friend. Always try facing the source of light – it illuminates your face properly. You should try turning your face towards a light source, otherwise the details of your face might get hidden by shadows, or darkened too much.

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Unless, you want a flare like effect behind you. Make sure you tap on your face so that the camera adjusts lighting accordingly.

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Frame it right!

It’s all about the frame. Get the correct angle. It’s usually a good idea to figure out the most flattering angle for you. Choose what works best for you. For most people, a top-angle shot is the best option, where there phone is held slightly above your head and is facing downwards towards your face. It has a slimming effect too.

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Unless, you want to show something special about your face. In that case, get your face bang in the centre of the frame.

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Watch your head-space!

Eliminate extra headroom. Empty spaces in a selfie, or any photo, do not look very good. You should always make sure that if there’s any space above your head, it shouldn’t be too much. Also, ensure that there are no distracting or unappealing elements in the headroom. You can, however, choose to have something interesting in the frame such as decorative lights.

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Unless, you want to specifically show something interesting in the background. Frankly, the best selfies are ones that show you with something exciting in the background, such as a beautiful landscape or a wedding.

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Keep it exciting

Selfies are best kept lively. Try getting in your best/funniest expressions, because at the end of the day, these photos become memories.

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Unless, you really want to show that you’re bored.

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Go full length

Use a full-length mirror for a full-body selfie. Smaller mirrors won’t do justice to the situation or the outfit you’re trying to show.

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Unless you have the option to use the self timer. Use a tripod, or prop the phone up against a solid surface, and take your own full-length photo when nobody’s around to do it for you.

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To be, or not to be!

Avoid the photobombers. Selfies don’t look good with unwanted faces blocking your frame or distracting the viewers from the actual story.

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Unless you really want them to be there.

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Get a hat!

Use head-gears or props to make selfies look even more interesting. Instead of using Snapchat filters, you can use your own interesting hats.

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Unless it’s your hair that you’re showing off.

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Having said all of that, we would like to mention that these are not exactly rules, but mere guidelines. Guidelines that can make your selfies more visually and aesthetically appeasing. A selfie can always be tailored to suit the story that you’re trying to tell.

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