Opinium August 2013 study revealed that there are about 35-million self-portraits created monthly – 47% are shared on Facebook, 9% on Twitter, and 8% goes to Instagram. “Selfies,” as what most netizens call the act of taking a photo of yourself to be published online, is now gaining popularity not only with the teens but also with the elderly. The same study by Opinium showed that 75% of users aged 18-25 loves taking their self-portrait, while 29% of users 65 years and above are also into selfies. If you are one of those who are into taking their own photos to be shared online, we have a list of tips below that will make your stunning self photographs in a rocking, professional-looking selfie.
Fix those luscious locks
Don’t make your hair look flat and lifeless in photos. Jacqeline Bush, celebrity hairstylist and Creative Director of Assembly Salon said in on-The Fashion Spot, “your hair needs more volume both up top and around the sides, as photos tend to shrink it.” The proper hairstyle can make or break your look. The stylist suggested a neat up-do that shows off the texture of your hair for the lovely blonds. Darker haired ladies should let their locks cascade down, just focus on achieving shiny locks that show as each strand catches the light.
Edit your selfies minimally using your favorite app
We all know that Instagram is a good free tool to use when you want to apply filters and effects to your self-portraits. However, it won’t make your photos stand-out if others also have the same filter. Instead use Facetune, as recommended by Verizon Wireless public relations manager Heidi Flato. According to Flato, it can erase stray hair and skin blemishes to make your snapshot of yourself Facebook worthy.
Lights, pose and click
All good photographs are made with good lighting. If you want to create drama in your shot, find a place where the light shines and highlights your eyes. We suggest that you step outside when it’s cloudy and take a photo under a reasonable amount of shade. This prevents harsh shadows from forming and making the light look uneven. However, there’s a way to use shadows to your advantage. Make yourself look mysterious by hiding parts of your face in the shadows, while the other is bathed in diffused light.
Remember that the best way to take a stunning photograph of yourself is by knowing your “good side.” Rule of thumb: try to avoid pouting or what is commonly known as the duck face. It may look sexy on the models that we see in print ads, unfortunately though, not everyone can carry it with style and grace.
Find a cool background and enjoy
One of the things that you have to put into consideration is the location of your “mini-shoot.” In order to produce rocking selfies, you have to check your background before pressing the clicker. It’s imperative to choose a backdrop that is as stunning as the subject, which is you. Note: Never take a photo of yourself while in the bathroom or where the toilet can be seen. At least show a little respect to others who will view your pictures.
Remember that even professional cameras have shutter lag. It refers to the amount of time it takes your camera, or in this case, your phone to record the image after you tap the shutter button. Pushing this will not make it go faster; it might even be the cause of your blurry photos. Be patient, and wait for the device to finish recording the image.
Similar to the skills imperative to become a professional photographer – the tips above don’t happen overnight. You have to be patient and, most importantly, to continually practice.
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Kyle Albert is an Ed-tech writer who passionately loves photography and various trends in the industry, including MOOCs and augmented reality technologies. Usually reads and get his photo tips from “MyShutterspace”. Hang out with him at Twitter and Google+