Selfies, whether we like ’em or not, are commonplace.
Kids take them, parents take them, and celebrities take ’em. Heck, Kim Kardashian wrote a book about them. In fact, our habit for taking photos of ourselves is so global, there’s an actual demand for selfie sticks – those telescoping rods that look ridiculous, and can be Sailor Moon, Monster’s Inc and Disney themed.
More proof that selfie hysteria is everywhere is a trend from South Korea called gagdoui jung-yoseong. Basically, stunning Korean girls take before and after makeover-style selfie videos (and pictures and gifs). The first still shows them with a crumpled face, shot from a low angle, while succeeding images are shot at an angle above and away from the chest. The result? An instant makeover that didn’t require anyone to be ambushed on an episode of the Jenny Jones show.
So what can we learn from this fad? Well, a lot, actually. For example…
If your photo is too backlit, you’re going to get a lot of shadow. What this means is, avoid bright lights in the background of your shot – instead, let the light shine on you. The sun is essentially a big light, so avoid that in the background, too. The more you learn to adapt to light, the better your selfies will be. You’re cute and bursting with light of your own, so show it off.
When you feel cute, you’re going to have fun with your little one-person photo shoot. You’re going to smile, you’re going to give off a little natural blush and you’re just going to shine bright like a gosh-darned diamond. So if you’ve got the urge to selfie, throw on your favourite sweater or a cherished chapeau and show off those pearly whites. You’re the star. Show your phone the animal inside you. Rawr.
Do a Background Check
In the world of selfies, there’s nothing worse than taking your shots and then discovering that there’s a dead bird sitting in the background. Or garbage, or people you don’t know picking their noses. There are a lot of different selfie hazards, so just follow our fun little saying: “If there’s junk behind, nevermind.”
Check Your Angles
You know who looks good shot from a low angle? Not a single person, not even your precious children. Not even your dog, your cat or your gerbil. The reason is, you’re creating shadows, and you essentially lose the elongation of the neck. The reason these girls go from frumpy to fantastic as they move the camera is because they’re changing the angle and the light with one swift movement. You’re going to want to aim for as far as your arm will go, but don’t go too far above your brow (you should set your brow as a limit). You want a picture of your face, not your hair. When you’ve reached a level that allows you to center your face in the square, pivot the camera on a slight angle, and then tilt the screen ever-so-slightly downward, toward you.
CRAPping yourself can be glamorous. By Cropping, Rotating/Straightening, Adjusting Brightness and Contrast Levels and Picking a Filter, you’re giving your selfie – and your visage – the red-carpet treatment. But don’t over-edit. Tweaking is one thing, but you still want to look like you in the end.
You’ll never take a bad selfie again. Now say cheese, you beautiful creature.