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Rocking Selfies

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.

Too busy:

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No distraction issues:

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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.

Overexposed:

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Better:

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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.

Awkward position:

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Nice position setup:

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Happy photoing.

 

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Why “selfies” ARE NOT self portraits

On the most basic level…

one can generically define a self portrait as am image create of one’s self, most likely through photography, painting or drawing. But that definition would be a little simplistic and this ultimately wrong.

One of the newest trends in our ever more digital world is the taking of selfies. And in case you’ve been living under a rock, those as quick, self-shot snaps with the camera operator as the subject. And while these can be cute, fun, sexy or whatever else, I believe there is a big gap between these images and actual self portraits. Here are a few reason why:

Self Portraits:

The photographer usually uses an SLR or a bridge camera as opposed to a compact one.

Selfies:

Are most commonly shot on cell phones or sometimes with compact cameras that can fit in your pocket.

Self Portraits:

The artist uses a tripod or is otherwise separated from the camera while creating his or her picture.

Selfies:

The photographer holds the camera out in front of themselves and it’s often obvious they are doing so.

Self Portraits:

Are generally well planned and often require special tools and lighting.

Selfies:

Are usually sort of spontaneous and do not usually involve any special equipment.

Self Portraits:

Tend to emphasize the artistic.

Selfies:

Tend to be more about having fun.

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