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Capturing a good Selfie

Are you getting your good side in your selfie?

The rise of social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and TikTok has seen the popularity of selfies. People began sharing selfies as a way to document their experiences, express themselves creatively, and connect with others online. BUT, selfies are now a big part of digital culture, with millions shared daily across various social media platforms worldwide.

But how do we get the best selfie?

Well, a lot has to be taken into account when you want that good selfie.

#1 Tip - Set your camera up so you can wave at your phone which prompts the camera to take a picture, saves trying to juggle the phone and press the button at the same time.

#2 Tip - Make sure your lenses are clean!!

Things to consider.

  1. Lighting: Natural light is your best friend when it comes to taking selfies. Find a well-lit area, preferably near a window or outdoors, to avoid harsh shadows and unflattering lighting.  Light that comes straight down from above will make fine lines and appear deeper and darker, as will the eyes sockets. Soft, diffused light will help highlight your features and give your skin a radiant glow.

  2. Know Your Best Side: Experiment with different angles to find your most flattering side. Typically, angle the camera slightly above eye level can help define your jawline and make your eyes appear larger. Avoid holding the camera too low, as this can create unflattering double chins.  And, as i tell my clients, "chin forward!"

  3. Background: Choose a clean and visually appealing background that complements your outfit and enhances the overall "aesthetic" of your selfie. Avoid cluttered and bright or distracting backgrounds that may take the focus away from you.

  4. Strike a Pose: Confidence is key when it comes to taking a great selfie. Have fun with different poses and expressions to convey the mood or vibe you want to capture. Whether it's a playful smile, a sultry gaze, or a candid laugh, let your personality shine through.

  5. Pay Attention to Composition: Avoid centering yourself in the frame every time; instead, experiment with off-center compositions to create visual interest.  Facing straight on to the camera can also be unflattering.

  6. Filters: While it's tempting to go overboard with filters and editing tools, less is often more when it comes to enhancing your selfie. You don't need editing apps, unless its to enhance colors, adjust brightness and contrast.

  7. Practice Makes Perfect: Like any skill, taking great selfies takes practice. Don't be discouraged if you don't nail it on the first try—keep experimenting, learning, and refining your technique until you find what works best for you.

But most of all, HAVE FUN!!  And remember, NOBODY is perfect, and nothing beats a proper professional photo ;)

A recent Selfie while i was out on a Business Branding photo-shoot job in Tauranga


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