On a Sunday morning few weeks ago, I scrolled down over my Twitter timeline and read a friend’s tweet saying, “Kenapa kalau orang lain ambil selfie, lawa? Padahal bila sya ambil sendiri macam sapi obese?” or “Why other people’s selfie are nice? and if I took myself it looks like an obese cow?”
Laughing hard at his tweet. I replied “Haaaa, you gotta know the technique! :P”
What about you? Have you ever wonder how to take a good selfie pictures?
Before I talk about selfie’s techniques, Korean girls know better, interesting facts, etc. Check out what wiki said about selfie:
A selfie is a genre of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often associated with social networking and photo sharing services such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat where they are commonly posted or sent. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer, or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies”.
Initially popular with young people, selfies have become popular among adults as well.In December 2012, Time magazine noted that selfie was among its the “top 10 buzzwords” of 2012; although selfies had existed for years, it was in 2012 that the term “really hit the big time”.According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18-35 take selfies—the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook.A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera maker Samsung found that selfies make of 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24
Well, enough of definition of selfie.
Before I talk about the techniques, here are samples of my selfie pictures. Hihi.
It’s always good to Know your angle.
How? Go to a mirror and look at yourself, try to stand straight facing the mirror, then 45 degrees to the right or to the left and choose which side is the best or at least the one that please you the most and use this as a guide shot. If you notice my pictures, 45 degrees to the right is my favorite. I remember that in 2008, I used to spend my time – especially the night before a shoot- posing in front of full-length mirror to get an idea of myself being captured by a camera.
Avoid Low Angle.
No one likes double chins and look like a fat ugly lady so avoid taking picture of your face from low angle.
This video explains better:
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Stand tall, show your neck.
It’s also important to extend your neck out and then bring it down ever so slightly, just like a turtle. I think it would be useful to those people whose naturally has double chin and doing this position would be nice to show a little bit of your jawline – I personally love pictures or admires those models whose able to show the beauty of their jawline.
Make use of your front camera
Taking pictures from front camera is my favorite. It’s easier to adjust your pose and pressing a snap button is so easy! Since front camera quality is not always good compared to the back one, I’d suggest you to adjust your position in front of a mirror and adjust your way of holding your camera to get desired pose. If you are using touch screen, know your where your snap button is necessary. I am sure you do not want any unnecessary stress over finding the button!
Lighting is important!
Unless you want to create a horror picture, then lighting is important: to create the feeling. Make sure the light source is slightly higher than your face and not below, okay. If you want to make use of natural light ex: sun, make sure that the light is behind the camera, so that it illuminates you in your best light.
The last one…Practice makes perfect.In order to get a nice picture of yourself, be prepared to take a lot of pictures. I mean REALLY a lot of pictures. If you can get a picture that you love within few snaps then you are lucky!
I found this interesting post to classify what kind of selfie are you based on Unscientific Self-Portrait Personality Test by Becky Lettenberger:
The Nadar: Vain Egocentrism
According to curator Judy Keller, Nadar was a very tall guy with lots of red hair and a volatile personality who made selfies because he wanted pictures of himself. “He had quite an ego and a great deal of confidence,” she says. “I think he is trying to make himself look as serious and as important as these writers and artists and opera singers, etc., who he was photographing.”
The Bayard: Curious Boredom
Hippolyte Bayard is a regular guy hanging out in his garden taking banal photos of himself. He wasn’t as self-conscious as the others, says Keller; “he wasn’t interested in new identities.” What you see is what you get.
The Fenton: Experimental Role-Playing
Roger Fenton was into dressing up for his self-portraits. He dedicated several portrait sessions to re-creating Middle Eastern imagery and posing as an exotic personality. In terms of his selfies, Fenton may be the original LARPer.
The Atget: Introverted Introspection
French photographer Eugene Atget was shy about his selfies. According to Keller, Atget’s self-portraits “are more about the photographer getting himself into the picture in a subtle way — it’s his camera rather than himself that becomes part of the picture, and it’s all about using reflections.”
The Hine: Polite Self-Preservation
Lewis Hine wasn’t all that interested in taking pictures of himself, but when he did he made them professionally and deliberately. “Hine shows you how he worked, his shadow with a hat and overcoat looking very professional with his tripod-mounted camera. … Hine wanted to be behind the camera instead of in front of it,” says Keller.
Just for fun XD
The 19 types of serial selfie snappers.
The five kind of selfie