The Right Way to Take a Selfie

Just about everyone in this social media driven world who has a smartphone with a built in camera can snap pretty decent photos, including ones of themselves. In fact, self-portrait shots are all the rage on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

But, let’s face it (no pun intended) the term “self-portrait” sounds old. So, of course, we have a new snappy word for it. Originally coined in Australia in 2002, the word ‘selfie’ didn’t take off until 2012, when self-portrait shots started flooding social media sites. The Oxford English Dictionary even chose the popular Aussie term as the Word of the Year in 2013.

Anyone can snap a selfie, but why not take one like a professional photographer would, and stand out like a work of art?

A professional photographer takes time to consider lighting and composition before taking a shot.

For example, your selfie doesn’t have to be your face. It can be any part of you. Think outside the box to stir up intrigue—but keep it classy!

Use your camera’s cropping tool. This way you can zoom in on your face, cut away an extended arm, which makes it so obvious your photo is a selfie, and minimize a busy background.

Use natural light instead of the camera’s flash. It’s far more flattering. You can also play around with the camera filters on your phone. Light is a mood influencer. Experiment with different filters to create interesting ambient effects.

Speaking of natural, try to pose in a casual, relaxed way. Or snap your photo a bit off-center. You don’t want your selfie to look like a mug shot.

If you want to stand out from the typical social media photo clutter out there, be creative. Make some photo art.  And have fun.