While the majority of those who take and upload “selfies” are not really doing so with any artistic intent, or are not having much success in doing so, it is not only possible to create artsy selfies but some have even made it a craft of sorts.
So, how can you rock the selfie? Here are some tips and samples.
1. Make sure the background isn’t a distraction. A solid color wall or distant nature setting would be much better than a messy bedroom.
No distraction issues:
2. Have as much light as possibly without washing out the shot. An overexposed pic or one that is so dark you can’t see anything is worse than no pic at all.
3. Use a flattering angle. This is usually good for girls when they shoot the shot from somewhere overhead. Some positions however, can make you look wider or older.
Nice position setup:
To put it frankly – harsh shadows in photos suck. But, sometimes when the sun is strong or the lighting inside is hard to work around, there are a few things you can do to combat the horrid shadow.
My e-book Pesky Shadows, Pretty Shadows can be of some help but here’s one little tip that can make a huge difference and doesn’t take any technical skill or special tools.
Potion the subject as far away from any walls as you can. The more distance between the person or object and a wall, the less strong the shadow that shows up on it will be. Give it a try like the shots below. It’s easy and work too.
It may seem pretty apparent that in photography, just like any art that is meant to appeal to our sense of vision, the use of angles can be very important. But, while this notion might come across as obvious in some cases, there are number of ways to use angles that you may not have considered at this time.
Sure, making certain that the subject is positioned well to match the lighting that is available and noting that off-center images actaully tend to come across as more appealing are pretty common notions. But here are a couple that are a little less known if you will.
Tilted angles provide a new look
Not only do titled angles give a different and unique perspective but that can also produce greater levels of symmetry when your subject itself is somewhat tilted. For example, a subject tilted to from left to right can be balanced out with an angle going from right to left.
Shooting from above the subject
When working with people, especially women, shooting from above the subject brings out the softer and often more feminine features while minimizing those that are more harsh and rugged.
Shooting from a low angle
This can have the exact opposite effect as the one mentioned above. So, if you want to bring out the tough or hard features, this is your best approach.