Selfies, or self-portraits, are a fever that had its beginning with the smartphone and social media and has not left the trends until then. Every day, every hour, someone is always taking a selfie to post online or to save it as a memory. However, not everyone comes out beautifully in those photos. Is it because they are ugly? Or is it because the photo was poorly taken? Believe me, most of the time it is the second option.
First of all, there is no such thing as “ugly”. When the photograph is poorly taken, not even the most beautiful model in the world can dodge some imperfections. It is not a joke. There are multiple things that can influence how the final image will be, such as lighting, the position of the camera, the angle of the face, among others. The most important of them all is the lighting. Unbeknownst to most people, the light and how it shines upon the face can affect the shape and the size of your face and even the feeling conveyed in the picture! It happens because the light also creates shadows in unwanted places.
For example, horror-themed photographs usually have a source of light from the bottom, thus covering most of the face in shadows and highlighting the eyes. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a direct light in front of you when taking your picture, so your skin will look shiny and healthy, also, you will be able to highlight the colour of your eyes. On the other hand, do not photograph with a light behind you as it will result in a dark picture with little details. Furthermore, prefer to use natural light, as it will give your skin a natural and not too intense glow.
The angle of the picture is also very important because it can drastically change the result. Just like the lighting, the position and the angle of the camera can – believe it or not – change the shape of your face, in other words, you can use it as a trick to make your face appear thinner. Therefore, you should not be afraid to try different angles, in fact, you should test with as many angles as you can, that way you will find your perfect angle and will be able to always take beautiful images of yourself. However, be cautious of certain positionings of the camera as it can cause lots of trouble! Photographs which were taken from a lower level than the face, for example, tend to make the face look bigger, on the other side, when the camera is too high, your forehead may look bigger too. With that said, it is important to emphasize that the right angle changes accordingly to the person and you should not be afraid to search for yours!
These tips were created to help people who cannot take a high-quality self-portrait and even for those who want to upgrade their ability to take selfies. Therefore, with that in mind, always remember to search for your best angle, choose to photograph with a direct and natural light, also, choose the best position of the camera to best fit the desired result. Thereon, have fun taking as many selfies you want to, without the fear of making common mistakes.
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