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The fine art of taking a “selfie”

We love them, we hate them, but we all take them! Kim D’Eon gives us her tongue in cheek take on the art of snapping that perfect “Selfie.”
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The Loop, November 6, 2013 2:59:11 PM

Selfie: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. – Oxford Dictionary

Whether you love them, hate them, or have no clue what they are (see definition above), there’s no denying that the “selfie” has firmly ingrained itself in the fabric of our social media-obsessed culture. If you’re just getting in on this social action, you’re a veteran looking for a new angle or you just want to up your selfie picture-taking game, here are a tips to keep in mind when turning the camera on yourself.

Find your light

It might sound obvious, but getting the perfect lighting for your picture is rule number one to a successful selfie. Repeat after us: lighting is everything! You’re going to want to ensure that as much light is hitting your face as possible. Try turning your body to the light source, but be sure avoid harsh overhead light sources, like the sun at noon or track lighting. Hello shadows, goodbye flattering face.

Work your angles

Don’t be shy when moving your camera around trying to get the best angle. Yes, it can be awkward in public, but in the name of perfection, just swallow your pride – it will be worth it. In general, the most flattering shot can be captured by holding your smartphone just above eye-level and tilting your face slightly away. Do not, we repeat, do not shoot your selfie from underneath (but if you don’t believe us, just go ahead and try it to see what we mean).

Take lots

Be prepared to keep snapping until you get that perfect photo. Check your selfies in between snaps to make sure you’re getting the overall look and feel you’re going for. After all, nobody wants to see you looking practically perfect, only to have your eyes glued back towards your screen ensuring you’ve taken the picture as you imagined.

Switch it up

You might’ve discovered your best angle and favourite expression, but don’t feel obligated to take every single selfie with the same pose. Why? Because it gets boring. You don’t want to be like this guy.

Pick the right filter

Take your selfie from good to great by experimenting with Instagram’s built-in filters. Play with the contrast feature or test out ones that change the light ever-so-perfectly to disguise wrinkles and imperfections.

Keep your clothes on

This important piece of advice bears repeating: keep your clothes on. It might be tempting to bare your body in a bikini or flaunt your figure in a skimpy outfit, but keep in mind: when you post to social media, these pictures follow you around for years to come. So keep in mind what you post, when you post, and to whom you post.

Check out some of Kim’s selfies on Instagram!

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