Tips and Apps for Taking the Perfect Selfie
May 28th, 2013
I can’t believe that I’m actually writing a blog post on how to take perfect ‘selfies’. For those who are not yet familiar with this frequently used Instagram slang, it’s basically a pictures taken of you by you. Nowadays, a lot of girls/ladies take them and so they’re widely accepted. And not only ladies love taking selfies! Just last night when I walked home from dinner I spotted a few guys who were taking selfies, which is so fun to see. Since I get a lot of questions about what apps I use, which filters and how I take my selfies I want to share my tips with you.
Basically it’s all about light. Where you would be horrible looking while taking a selfie in one spot you probably would look gorgeous in another one. Natural lighting is the best way to go. Or you have to be willing to buy a soft box but do we really have to spend the money when we can use natural lighting instead. Because yes, those are the keywords ‘natural lighting’. When you take a selfie make sure the sun is in front of you and not the back as that will create a shadow and your face will look dark. If you have an iPhone you have two camera’s, the front faced camera and the regular. Usually I like using the regular camera when I take pictures from something other than myself or when someone takes a pictures of my complete outfit because it’s better quality. When it comes to a selfie however I noticed that using the front faced camera does a better job because you could actually see yourself and it will give your face a softer look. This all depends of course on if you have good lighting, so experiment with different angles. Also it helps when you have a thin piece of fabric like a curtain to stand between you and the light. Because the light will not directly shine on your face and therefore it gives a beautiful result.
Here’s a picture with no added filter. Just natural light!
A lot of times I get asked how I take my selfies since my finger is not placed on the regular button to take a picture. Instead I use the volume button and in this way its easier and gives more control over the picture. See the following picture:
Most of the time I use three apps for my pictures.
-Picstitch: Very convenient to make a collage of a a few pictures, which is great for an outfit post but also for selfies. You can do the famous mirrored effect.
-Squaready: When you have Instagram you probably noticed that when you upload a picture a part of the picture will be cut off. Which could be very anoying if those are the parts that you want to show. It happens often when you want to show an outfit, the lowers or upper part will get cut off which doesn’t allow to show your shoes. Or in case of a selfie when you wear a braid and you want to show the entire braid a not just a part of it. For those situations I use Squaready. This allows me to make my picture smaller so you could see the entire outfit or selfie. Like the following pictures. The sides of the picture will be white and this allowed me to show a bigger part of my braid.
- Picfx: Last year I used this app mainly because of the cute little heart filters you could add to your pictures. Now I use it for a few filters which I love. The following filters I use the most: Marshmallow which gives a beautiful purlple glow to your picture. Valentina gives a vintage touch. And I use enhance when a picture is dark and I want to make it more lighter. You will see that sometimes it will give you a beautiful results and other times not. You really just have to try it out.
- Instagram: Of course I use Instagram filters as well. These are the four I use most of the times: Valencia, Xpro, Willow, Walden, and Nashville.
I’m actually shocked that I know the name by heart LOL!
And this is it you guys. I really hope I answered most of your questions with this.