A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the bathroom selfie is the worst kind of selfie. Of course, we’re not in the business of telling you what not to do without giving you tips on what to do. That’s why, this week, we wanted to share surefire tips on how to take a great selfie you can upload to your profile today!
- Lighting is everything.
Don’t get lazy when it comes to finding the right lighting for a selfie. You may be tempted to use flash, but the best kind of lighting is natural lighting! This could mean you situate yourself by a window, stand in a naturally well-lit room or go outside to your front yard or a park to get the absolute best selfie lighting.
- Angle is also everything.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to choosing the right angle is never take a selfie (or any picture) from below. Holding your phone anywhere below your chest to take a picture is the most unflattering angle for everyone! It adds weight to the face and ends up making the subject look much heavier than they really are. For the best angle, make sure the camera is slightly above chest-level and angled down ever-so-slightly to create a thinning and flattering look.
You may be tempted to wear sunglasses or a hat when taking a selfie. We get it — both of these things are everyday accessories that add to your personal style and make you feel more confident. However, when taking a selfie for a dating profile, you want to be free and clear of anything that obstructs your face. Let potential connections see you and just you and save your accessories for a later date.
- Check your surroundings.
You may snap a great selfie, but be sure to examine the picture to make sure there’s nothing going on in the background you didn’t plan for. That is, if you take it outside in public, make sure you don’t have any photo bombers. Or if you take it by the window in your house, be sure there’s no trash, envelopes with your address, or anything else personal lingering in the background. Your selfie should feature you and only you!
- Take time to edit.
Don’t just snap your selfie and immediately post it — time the time to edit! Nowadays, there are tons of editing tools to use on smartphones or even your computer. If you’re unsure of where to start or what to use, enlist a trusted friend or relative to help you navigate photo editing programs. There are so many to choose from, all of which can make your selfie look that much better if you take the time to explore. Of course, don’t be too heavy-handed on the editing! You don’t want your natural selfie to end up looking photoshopped. Just a few, small adjustments, and you should be good to go!
Now take these tips and go take a great selfie!