Selfie 101: Five Tips to Selfie Yourself, Real Good!

Selfie 101  

Five tips to selfie yourself real good! 

1.  Find good lighting.

If at all possible, find natural light.  If you’re inside, try to find a window.  And play around with the angles; spin in place until the lighting looks good on the preview screen.  You don’t want the camera to block your light!

2.  Find a good background.

The last thing you want behind you is half the toilet or a messy room.  And mirror selfies?  If at all possible, just don’t.  Do find a solid wall color, a natural background such as trees or water, or a cityscape!  Have fun with it.  The background also tells a story in your photo… so use it to your advantage and let it help create the mood or message of the photo.  And last but not least, beware of photo bombers!

3.  Chin forward, shoulders back, and shoot from above!

It might sound silly and it may feel weird, but these truly make you look better on camera!  It eliminates the dreaded double chin or “pig nose” look, and holding the camera slightly above your line of sight will allow the light to flatter your features even more beautifully!  Speaking of looking your best…

4.  Use filters and editing apps.

There’s nothing wrong with utilizing a filter to make you look your best! Use your phone’s built-in editing tool, Instagram filters, or download some cool editing apps for free.  (Camera 360 is one of my personal favorites!)  You can set fun moods with creative color filters, use a black and white filter to create a timeless effect, or even color pop just your eyes … the possibilities are endless!

5.  Have fun!

Across the entire world, a genuine smile is always attractive.  And how easy is it to spot a fake smile, right?  Whether it’s just you in the selfie or you with a group, scrunch in together and just be yourselves!  Think of something that truly makes you happy, or the joke that made you lol today, and then before you can think about it… snap that selfie!  If you want to do a funny face or capture an impromptu moment, don’t try to freeze face the silliness, just be silly!  Don’t worry about making it perfect.  A genuine moment will always trump the most perfectly “staged” photo.

Have some more tips?!  Share them here!  And upload your selfies on http://www.pepperyourplace.com to send to Mom, so she can stick them on her wall and be reminded of how much she loves you!  Happy Mother’s Day!

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