First of all, we’re not huge fans of the word selfie; we’d prefer the term: self-portrait, but given the fact that Webster himself has opted to officially capture this word as a part of our lexicon, we throw our hands up in the air and say – “but first, let us take a selfie.”
No matter our opinion on the term itselfie, we acknowledge that our social media presence is playing more and more of a role in our everyday lives. No questions asked, future first dates, exes and employers all peruse our feed whether we like it or not. With this reality in mind, we thought we’d share some tips and tricks to help you put your best selfie forward.
This is your reflection. And we encourage you to make the best of sharing that beautiful mug with the world. Pay attention as we advise you how to not look like an idiot when taking a picture of yourself.
**disclaimer: each of the photos featured in todays blog were taken with our iPhones and filtered on instagram.
1. The view from the top
This might seem basic, but, as a photographer, Libertee has taken a lot of time taking people’s pictures, just as Lecina, as Lecina, has taken a lot of time taking pictures of herself, real talk – so believe us when we say that angle is everything. When you’re shooting as close a selfie entails, straight on or from below is never, we repeat, NEVER a good idea. Think double chin with a dash of bat in the cave. When taking a selfie, always shoot from above your eyeline; look into the lens and not at your reflection in the phone, and for Pete’s sake – turn the flash off. No one needs to know how many pores you have, just that you nailed those eyeliner wings. As a bonus tip, if you’re a lady with locks, pull your hair to one side of your face, as a centre part with hair hanging down both sides will make you look like the mask off of Scream. Last but not least, tilt your head; you know when you ask a dog a question, and it seems like they understood you? Like that.
2. Just Gimme the Light!
Sean Paul (Sorry, Pam – Shawna Paul!) wasn’t kidding when he asked for the light, and so too should you! Now that you’re not allowed to use the flash – find some natural light and face towards it – light coming through a window is usually your best bet. Also, do yourself a favor and avoid direct sunlight outside; if you’re wondering why, just look directly at the sun, and take a mental note of what your face feels like it looks like. Capiche? Shooting a selfie with the light coming from behind or beside you will do all sorts of wonderful things when it comes to making your nose giant and your crows feet cavernous. Ja feel? Also, for as tempting as it may be with all of that natural light pouring in through your car windows – don’t do this at a red light. . . just don’t. . . ok?
3.No! Not the stick!
Nothing says I don’t have friends to make my picture like a selfie stick. Let’s be real for a second – if you really are interested in getting a full view of your outfit, you have a couple of options. One – ask a friend. If you’re too embarrassed, just ask yourself: what’s worse – asking a friend to take a picture or having a stick fill in for a friend? If you’re in a pinch, and don’t have access to a friend, we encourage you to use your camera’s timer. There’s a little clock at the top of your camera function with a 3 and 10 second option – simply choose one, watch the countdown and strike a pose. Same logic applies – try not to place the camera below your eyeline – and careful it doesn’t fall off of the shelf; we’d hate to find ourselves liable.
4. Operation crop out the sink
We get that bathrooms are a safe place to take a selfie; you can lock the door, pull the shower curtain put on some music and basically create your very own studio space; we’re okay with this and agree that bathrooms and their soft light are a great place to take a selfie. What we’re not ok with is knowing what kind of medication you’re presently on, the brand of your depilatory cream you use and whether or not you’re on top of your bathroom cleaning duties. Just like there’s a little timer at the top right of your camera function, there’s a small square at the bottom left. This is called the “cropping tool” and we encourage you to use it to keep your secrets your own. The same can be said for decluttering a space pre-selfie; yes, we’re all messes on some level, but there’s no reason to advertise it.
5. Easy on the filters
First of all, everyone knows your nationality. There’s no reason that your Instagram feed should suggest otherwise. We mean it when we say, go easy on the filters. Of course, everyone looks lovely in Valencia, but try avoid the double filter unless you’re going for that arty feel. A lot of people fail to capitalize on the tool box in Instagram that allows you to adjust things like the picture’s highlights, shadows and vignette – allowing you to do things like highlight and focus on the foreground and blur out the background. Seriously – MAGIC! So look for the wrench and start wrenching