How to Take Great Selfies & Be Photogenic
We all love taking self-portraits. People love it so much that it has its own slang now – ‘selfies’. More than 3 million pictures come under the #selfie tag on Instagram. It just goes to prove that we are a bunch of self obsessed generation. But lets face it, all of us are not born photogenic. There are people who are amazingly photogenic. In fact some people look better in photos than they do in real life. Me, on the other hand, am not photogenic at all. I look better in reality than in pictures. And I know a lot of you out there feel the same way. The reason is because, photo’s are 2 dimensional. That means, the camera doesn’t capture a lot of angles and shadows on your face which makes you look good in real life. So what? give up on selfies? Nah, all you got to do is know which angle and lighting will bring out the best of your features in the camera. I do have a few tricks and tips [from taking 1000’s of selfies] to help you understand the camera better.
How to Take Great Selfies & Be Photogenic:
1. Natural light is your best friend when it comes to selfies: So lets start with the most important part of photography: lighting. I find that lightning plays a huge role in making the pictures look good. And natural light is the best kind of light to take pictures in. So here’s how I make use of natural light.
- Take pictures facing the natural light not looking away from it.
- don’t stand directly in an open space, find a shaded place, like a room with a huge window where natural light is streaming through and take the pictures facing the natural light. Just avoid overhead light(like over head sun in a open space), because it tends to create too many unfaltering shadows on your face.
- If you have to use indoor lights then take pictures under orange lamp/bulb light rather than white tube light because, orange light is as close to the artificial sunlight as you can get.
- Again, as I said avoid over head lights even when taking pictures indoors.
|Facing the natural light.|
|Facing away from the natural light|
2. Angles: Understand which is your best and your not-so-best features and select an angle which emphasizes your best features, while at the same time downplays your not-so-best features. For example, my eyes and my lips are my best features while I am not a huge fan of my nose[I wish it was a lot sharper]. Here’s some tips to highlight your best features.
- If your eyes is your best feature, then take the picture from a little higher angle, tilting your face slightly upwards and smiling from your eyes.
- If your nose is your best feature, then hold the camera pointing straight to your face and take the picture. If your nose is not the best feature then tilt you head slightly towards one side before taking a straight picture.
- If your lips is your best feature then take the picture from slightly below, pointing the camera up towards your face.
|Face tilted upwards|
|Face tilted downwards|
3. Face shape: Similarly, figure out your face shape. I have a oval shape with chubby cheeks. So, if I take too straight a picture then my face will look HUGE in the photos.
- If you have hollow cheeks then look straight into the camera and take the picture, it will add mass to your cheeks.
- If you have long face then tilt your head slightly upwards or downwards when you are looking at the camera and taking a straight picture.
- If you have round or a oval face like me, then tilt your head a little towards your right or left when you are looking at the camera.
- If you have thin face then don’t tilt your face in any angle, just smile.
|Face tilted at an angle|
|Looking straight at the camera but face tilted at an angel to avoid huge illusions|
4.Smile: When you are taking a picture, I suggest you to smile from your heart. Laugh if you have to. Because fake smile looks too artificial, painful and unreal in the pictures. Showing a real emotion will make you look prettier. Even if you are not smiling and want to look seductive or angry or humorous, feel the emotion before posing it.
5. Camera: Lastly, take pictures from a good camera. I find that bad camera’s like the ones in iPod and iPad, zoom in too much and add unfaltering shadows to the face making it look granular. So the next time you go phone shopping remember to buy a phone with good camera quality. I would have said buy a digi-cam instead, but I know most of you take selfies only through mobile phones.
I hope this helped,