How to take the perfect selfie

April 28, 2014    

 

“Having your arm reached out in shot is only going to be so flattering,” says photographer Mindy Stricke. She advises experimenting with a mini tripod for your smartphone, or downloading a free self-timer app.

 

How to take the perfect selfie

1. Let there be light: Photographer Mindy Stricke says lighting is the key: “Natural light is best. The ‘magic hour’ is the hour after sunrise and just before sunset, and will produce the most flattering sunlight.” If natural light is missing, stand by a source of artificial light and make sure the flash is off.

2. Out of arm’s way: “Having your arm reached out in shot is only going to be so flattering,” says Stricke. She advises experimenting with a mini tripod for your smartphone, or downloading a free self-timer app.

3. Rule of thirds: “Try to think of how to compose in thirds, like eyes a third of the way up, head a third of the way into the picture – ideally from the top or side,” says Bedford-based photographer Stuart Kearey. He advises ensuring a space between you and the background, to achieve a depth of image.

4. Your ‘good’ side: “Positioning the camera slightly above your eyeline tends to be the most flattering,” says Stricke. She also advises angling your face or body to one side.

5. Be bold: You might feel silly, but trying out a new look or different hairdo can help you feel more confident. “Changing your look can help make you feel just a little different or more fancy in a photo, and this confidence will shine through your final images,” says Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess. Kearey suggests adding a prop such as a hat, scarf or piece of jewellery.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22511650

 

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