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6 Steps to Taking The Perfect Selfie Every Time

Updated on April 20, 2015

Self portraits, or “selfies” are pretty much a big part of our society today. Everyone tries to achieve the perfect selfie to send to their family and friends, as well as to post on social networks. They can be fun to take, and even a confidence booster at times. Selfies can capture special events, memories, trips and other important moments in our lives.

Here are some surefire ways to take a perfect selfie every time you pull out your camera or smartphone.

A three-quarters angle.
A three-quarters angle. | Source

1. Know Your Angles

When taking photos of yourself, it’s always good to know which angles are most flattering for your features. As a general rule, three-quarters angles are flattering for everyone. Don’t be afraid to take a few test shots to see which sides you like best.

The “cut” of the photo (that is, where you crop the photo) can also affect the selfie. Some people with larger foreheads feel more comfortable with cropping their photos across that area to make it appear a bit smaller. However, it is completely up to YOU on how to angle and crop your photo, and what effect you want to have.

2. Good Lighting

This step is always important for taking a photo, and selfies are no exception. If possible, the best lighting is almost always natural sunlight, as this enhances your features , makes better quality photos and eliminates “noise” (that grainy effect that all photos taken in poor light have). However, indoor lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lightbulbs can be just as effective.


3. Take Various Shots

The great thing about taking photos in the digital age is that we no longer have to worry about wasting film or money. We can take as many photos as we want, go through them afterwards, and delete the ones we don’t want. Don’t be afraid to take as many photos as you want! Play around with angles, lighting and poses until you find your most flattering combination. Chances are, the more shots you take, the more selfies you’ll be happy with in the end.

4. Up Your Selfie Photography Game.

If you have the time and desire, you can use tools to take your selfies to the next level. Selfie sticks have become ridiculously popular recently and for good reason – they make taking selfies (both on digital cameras and cell phones) a lot easier. It allows to take shots from various heights and distances that otherwise would be hard to achieve with just an arm.

Household items can also be used to help enhance your photos, if you’re aiming for almost professional-level photos. Desktop fans can be used to get that amazing “hair blowing in the wind” effect. Mirrors placed at certain angles, along with lamps, can help make indoor lighting situations better.


5. Good Quality Photos

Nothing hurts more than taking a great self portrait, only to find out after that it is blurry or fuzzy. If possible, always take a well focused photo. On many smartphones, simply tapping the screen helps it to focus on the subject and adjust to suit.

The back camera is normally better for taking crisper, better quality photos. So if it’s possible, try taking your photos with this camera instead. However, if you use the front-facing camera, be sure to tap it into focus each time.

Also, ALWAYS make sure that your camera lenses are clean! Sometimes due to smudges, fingerprints and general dirt, it can get dirty, resulting in dull, blurry photos. Use a clean micro fiber cloth or even a clean cotton T-shirt to gently wipe at it. You’d be surprised at how much difference this can make!


6. Using Photo Editing Apps

Photo editing apps and the use of filters can make your already great selfie even better. Remember NOT to over edit. Too many retouches and filters can make your photo look fake, cheesy and just plain overdone.

If you have any visible blemishes or spots in your selfie that you want to get rid of, look for an app that offers ‘smoothing’ and patching tools. The FaceTune app is one of the best on the market. It offers many tools that allow for realistic editing.

Here is a list of recommended apps (all for free!) that you can use for editing your photos.


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