9 Tips for Taking Better Selfies Sara Davis Portraits
According to Statista.com, in 2015, an estimated 1.86 billion (that's right, with a B!) people had smart phones. In today's society, that means that there is a substantial number of people using their phones camera, and a lot of them are taking selfies (or if they were like I used to be, TRYING, to take selfies!) As a photographer, I love to be able to open my camera and get a few selfies with my clients during their sessions.
With so many people (many of them teenagers, but not all, come on, you've seen pictures of grandma's attempting this) reversing their camera onto themselves, I thought this would be the perfect topic to discuss and provide you with some tips and tricks! You can even send the link for this blog to your mom or dad, to teach them a thing or two!
Let's get started shall we!
1) Follow the "Rule of Thirds" As a professional photographer, I know about the Rule of Thirds, but do you? The Rule of Thirds can dramatically improve your selfies.
To follow this rule, place your face in such a way that your eyes line up about one-third of the way down from the top of the image. Likewise, don't place your face in the center of the image. Instead, place it roughly one-third to the left or right. (Bonus tip: Most phones allow you to turn on a grid on your camera. For iPhone users, go to Settings -> Photos & Camera -> and then move the Grid option to green. This grid breaks your screen into nine evenly spaced boxes, making applying the Rule of Thirds, even easier!)
2) Do the 90 degree test. Get set up for your selfie and evaluate how it looks, including the lighting. Next, turn 90 degrees and set up for another selfie. Sometimes a change in position can create a much better selfie because of the lighting or the background.
3) Capture a good angle. Instead of taking the picture head-on, experiment with different angles to show off your features. If you turn your head a few degrees to the left or right, your features will appear less flat and you will appear more dynamic. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head so that it's pointing down on you, will make your eyes look bigger and help you avoid showing the underside of your nostrils, which is less than flattering in photographs.
Here are a few other ideas for finding a good angle:
- Know your "good side" and take the photo from that side of your face. It's the side of your face that looks the most balanced and symmetrical.
- Angling the camera slightly above yourself and taking a snapshot of your face and chest, will highlight your cleavage. Since this position is fairly unnatural, odds are, you already know what the camera will focus on when you take a selfie like this.
4) Extend your neck out. Avoid looking like you have a double chin or no chin, by lifting your chin slightly and extending your neck out. This accentuates your face, especially your jaw line. It may feel awkward, but it can really improve how your selfie turns out.