My answer to What are some tips for taking selfies?
Answer by Allen He:
Learning the technique that’s involved with taking the perfect selfie takes some skill. Growing in popularity, the “selfie” has yielded well over 155 million searches on Instagram this far and was recently added to the English Dictionary. It leads to the question: How do you take the best selfie?
Choose the Best Possible Lighting
Having a good lighting is an essential part of taking any kind of photograph, and selfies are no different. Without a gentle light, you cannot show off your makeup, hairstyle or new outfit because it’s distracting and unflattering! But do not try to take an attractive selfie when you are exposed to strong and sharp light as well, it will also destroy your beauty. Natural light is the most flattering kind, so try to take your selfie near a window or outdoors. Another important element is to pick a good, clear background. Always check around before you take selfie.
Spice Up Your Background
The best selfies are taken with either very interesting backgrounds or very simple ones. Beware of the in between. Consider your surroundings and beware of the photo bombers that could be lurking in the background. Background elements can make or break a great shot, so beware of framing your photos where strong background elements interfere or interact with your subject. The classic example is framing your shot where a tree appears to be growing out of your head!
Use the Proper Filters
Filters are a fantastic way to add some flavor to your selfie. Make sure to choose the right filter to get the most out of your photo. We recommend Aviary, which provides typical photo filtering features such as lighting adjustments, removing unwanted color, and teeth whitening. Aviary also offers an easy-to-use meme generator, frame additions, and a plethora of sticker options.
It’s All about the Angle
The angle you choose to take the selfie also matters a lot. Different angles present different features of you. For instance, if you hold your cellphone a little higher than your head you will get a smaller face and bigger eyes; if you turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Choose an angle that shows your special point and record it! You can also try some unique and funny angle as below. Don’t afraid of trying something new!
Use a Selfie Stick
A selfie stick is necessary and useful when you need to put yourself in a big and attractive background or when you want to grab a few more people in the photo. Or sometime when you get a new hairstyle and outfit, you need a selfie stick to take a full-length photo to show off them. A good selfie stick adds the length to your arms and enables you to include more scenes in the picture. EasyAcc’s light and easy-to-carry Bluetooth selfie stick is your best choice.
Avoid a Dead Battery
There are few things more frustrating than setting up the perfect shot only to discover that your battery has died. Fortunately, there are a variety of power banks available to provide an emergency charge when your phone’s power dwindles away from an outlet.