In the age of Social Media everyone is posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and all the other emerging Social Networks. From celebrities like Kim K and Rihanna to everyday regular people like me… The year 2013 was the year of the selfie dorian rossini. And it doesn’t look like selfies will be going away anytime soon as Yahoo estimates that 800 billion photos will be taken in 2014. Yup, you read that right Billions!
If you’re just rolling out of bed and still have the sleepies in your eyes and a pillow pattern indented in your forehead, it’s probably not the best time to take a selfie. Make sure you look decent. Comb your hair, put on some make up and check yourself out. You can obviously always retake the picture if you see that your hair is out of place or if your lipstick is smeared all over your face but why waste the time, get it right the first time.
We’ve all seen the selfies where you don’t even care about the person in it as the background is just so much more interesting… dirty laundry, empty alcohol bottles, yucky toilets, messy rooms. All of these will kill your shot, and I don’t mean “killin’ it”, as in a good way. What’s behind you? How will it effect the picture? A good background can make or break a professional portrait and same goes for selfies so check what’s behind you and go for solid colors, cool textures and patterns, blurred city or landscape scenes or anything else that’s fun and interesting but not cluttered. You want to pop of the background, not get lost in it.
Lighting is everything in photography. Make sure you are well lit but at the same time avoid harsh lighting that will leave shadows on your face. Try using natural light such as light coming through a window or taking a photo outdoors on a overcast day where the cloud will act like a huge, awesome diffuser in the sky making your features appear softer and more attractive while still being well lit.