Nowadays most of us have grown accustomed to the idea of taking selfies with our smartphones. It’s common and regular practice and quite frankly it’s a great way of checking your make-up *ahem*. Selfies are so much ingrained into our lifestyle that word has even made it to the oxford dictionary . Oxford even made selfie the “word of the year” in 2013! Crazy right! As simple as it may seem, taking a half decent selfie is a bit of an artform. So to help you capture a crackin’ selfie on your iPhone we’ve thrown together 8 tips (and most will apply to other smartphones too). Feel free to add your tips for taking awesome selfies in the comments.
Use Your Ear buds
There’s this genius feature that only a few of the growing iPhone community are aware of. You can use your iPhone’s ear buds to click photos. Focus and press the volume+ button to capture the image. No more outstretched arms trying to work out how to get everyone in frame.
Use Selfie Apps
Make Use of the Front Camera
You may be in love with the picture quality of your phone’s primary camera but when it comes to taking selfies it’s front camera all the way. You can see exactly what you’re shooting, plus, it is less likely to catch your arms in the photo if you use the front camera.
A Close Selfie
Taking selfies from a closer distance gives you a different point of focus (as long as you don’t hate your own nose close up). Not only does a closer focus bring more of you into the shot but it also removes any chance of your extended arm being in the shot. Tres important!!
Play with Your Expressions
Nobody wants to see boring selfies so don’t be afraid to experiment with your expressions. The pout, the scowl, the cheeky grin. You never know what might look cute on you until you try, try, try again and again.
Don’t forget lighting
We’ve talked about the importance of lighting when taking photos with your smartphone and taking selfies is no exception. iPhone is known for its excellent picture quality but if you don’t use lighting to your advantage, your photo quality will decline. Avoid using your iPhone’s flash especially if you’re outdoors. Beware of using light that’s too harsh or too dark. Use natural light wherever possible and if indoors, check the room’s lighting and pose facing the light rather than the other way around.
Download a Self Timer App
Try taking a selfie the old fashioned way by using self-timer technique. You can download external self-timer apps to take great selfies. Popular self-timer apps include TimerCam, GorillaCam and Camera Timer!. Place your phone on a table supported by a book or anything solid. Go to the focused spot and pose while the app does its job.
Print and share
When it’s all said and done and you’ve captured that perfect selfie moment, don’t forget to print and share it with your friends. Pringo mini wifi portable photo printer lets you print straight from your iphone or Android device. You can even add stamps, borders, texts or adjust your pics before you hit print. Snap, print and share. You’re welcome!
Do you have any other tips for taking cracking selfies on your iPhone?