I imagine that this is often how it pans out when attempting to take a self portrait.
- You comb your mop and put some lippy on.
- You take photos until your arm aches.
- You look over the 100 plus photos that you have taken and realise that they all look vile.
- You wish that your T-Rex like arms would transform into Mr Tickle’s.
- You give up and start to stalk celebrities on Google images, cursing them for looking so ruddy good!
I’ve been there. And I understand how sometimes Facebook likes on your new profile picture can be a real pick me up.
So, I couldn’t resist getting my Guinea Pigs Oreo and Hershey involved to give you some tips on how to take better selfies. ( I’m no expert but even if these pointers reduce the time you will spend with your arm shaking in the air by a fraction then I will be chuffed.)
First of all check your framing. Have a look around the space and chose a visually interesting background, removing any clutter that could be distracting.
Make sure that your camera lense is clean so that you can produce clear and sharp images. I have found that this makes a real difference with my mobile phone, especially after it has been knocking around in my handbag.
If you are struggling to get the position of your camera or phone right you may want to consider investing in a tripod or selfie stick.
You can focus your digital camera on the tripod and then press the self timer button and run into position. But this approach can make you look rather flustered. I would recommend buying a self timer remote which will make taking self portraits a whole lot easier.
If all else fails, get a friend to take the photo for you. You will probably find that your images turn out a lot nicer because your friend will have you in fits of giggles and capture your natural and beautiful smile.
However, if you are limited to the standard approach without the aid of a selfie stick then I would advise standing with a window directly in front of you. The natural light will make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and even if you aren’t subject to taking the odd selfie these tips should also help you to take your own family portraits.
If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment, or if you would like to see more of my Guinea Pigs you can follow them on Instagram @fuzzypiglets