Taking A Good Selfie Isn't Hard

October 17, 2019 6 Comments

Taking A Good Selfie Isn't Hard

I decided to start off by sharing with you three basic selfie views sans makeup or a wig...to make a point..you’re beautiful w/wo 😉 Take note of the lack of extreme lighting so there are very little cast shadows. This sort of lighting is also great for color accuracy. I held my iPad straight out ( arms extended )in front of my face with my Ipad tilted forward just a tad..almost perpendicular. Fyi...I took these photos on an overcast morning on my covered deck.
So here is my very simple beginners 101 guide and tips for taking selfies. This is not about filters and programs to alter our photos. That’s a whole other ball of wax...😉 

The biggest question is..where the heck do I look? After you tap your camera/ photo on your iPhone or iPad...you’ll see the camera icon...tap that..now your camera is facing you..say hi🙋. That’s the first most important step. You're ready to take a selfie.


If you look at yourself when taking a selfie your eyes will be looking down in your photos..if you look at the camera your eyes will be looking at the viewer in your photos. Once you get comfortable taking selfies while looking into the camera you can get creative.


So in selfie mode ( I have a photo of me on my screen illustrating where most people look when taking a selfie) Don't do that..or your photos will look like the bottom row on the previous image. So my iPad is in the vertical position. The home key will be on the bottom. See that little black dot at the top of your iPad/iPhone? That’s your camera..that’s where you look when you take a selfie photo.


A little about lighting...you don't need anything fancy to take a nice selfie. I use natural light and I do the same thing when taking photos for portrait commissions. My favorite spot ( outdoor studio 😉) is my covered deck. The lighting is controlled so even on a very bright sunny day I can get nice soft or more even lighting. TIP: Never use your flash when taking a selfie or any photos for that matter.


Never take a photo with the light behind you...you're not sure? If your photos look like image 6 turn around and try again. 😉


This was taken in the same spot as image 6... I just turned around. 😊


So you need to squint it’s so sunny? TIP: If you are near a tree try taking your selfie under it ( in its shadow, believe me, there will be enough light to get a nice selfie)
 

You can use this same concept indoors...take you selfie in front of a window with natural light coming in. If it’s too bright..back up a little or if you have sheers/blinds/or shutters adjust them to control the light coming in. Turn off all the house lights that will interfere with your photo.


My selfie in image 10 was taken in the bright morning light but diffused by my covered deck curtains and I stepped back a bit so I’m washed in light but it’s even. (Fyi your colors will look warmer in bright sunlight vs an overcast day )


Don't take your iPhone/iPad and put it way up high looking down. You’ll get more camera distortion than anything. You can always crop your photo later if you just want a headshot.

Last but not least for a nice decent selfie..don't forget to smile. You don't have to smile like the Cheshire cat (like I do..lol) But do relax your mouth and eyes...I always pretend I am looking at my hubby. ☺️ Now go take some super amazing selfies. 🙋





6 Responses

Nancy Onorato
Nancy Onorato

November 28, 2019

Thank you so much; this tutorial is just what I needed! I was making some of the mistakes that you pointed out, and putting on my sunglasses when the light was too bright. Now I’ll just look for the nearest tree! Great post & much appreciated!

Kathleen
Kathleen

November 28, 2019

Hi Terrie I’m so glad you found this tutorial helpful. I look forward to seeing selfies with us! ☺️🙋- Kathleen CW

Denise Sheets
Denise Sheets

November 28, 2019

Wow- great job on this! So helpful!

Patricia
Patricia

November 28, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to do this Selfie tutorial. Great job! I need to get one of those holding gadgets for my android! Excellent tips. I hate taking selfies or having pics taken for that matter but I like your take on lighting. I always thought that outside lighting shows all the wrinkles and bags and everything else—basically, all the flaws. I don’t have a deck or a porch but I can experiment on my brother’s deck! Thanks again!

Cathy Martin
Cathy Martin

November 28, 2019

Excellent tips of taking selfies. Eliminating shadows helps immensely.

I also really enjoyed your step-by-step wig modification presentation on “Autumn”. Terrific!

Thanks for sharing your creativity,

Cathy

Terrie Severson
Terrie Severson

November 19, 2019

I learned so much about how to take a selfie. Being a senior I never realized you could take a decent selfie using an iPad. This will certainly help with taking pictures to share with my wig sisters, so I won’t feel so completely out of the loop.
Many thanks.
Terrie

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