8 Tips For Taking The Perfect Selfie

If you’re going to catalogue every event and achievement in your life from trying on a new top to simply bossing that #nofilter rainbow photobomb, you’re going to want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your front-facing camera. We might just have seen possibly the best selfie of all time, but follow these tips and enjoy taking the best solo snaps of all your friends, and whatever you do, don’t try take a selfie with a walrus.

1. Face the lightSelfie at sunset

Don’t fall into the trap of standing with your back to the sun, thinking all that light will help your photo. Unless you’re already a serious lens-flare player (see above), it won’t, it’ll ruin it. Stare into the sun like someone no longer fond of their retinas (don’t squint) and use all that natural light to make your face glow.

Indoors? Try to position yourself near a window or flattering light source. Not one around? Splash a black-and-white filter on that thing and hide the shadows like a pro.

2. Drop the trout pout

Khloe Kardashian pout selfie

You know what duckface rhymes with, right? So stop pouting your lips like a baboon’s sphincter: pages of the same face doing the same thing in the same locations is boring.

Mix it up – take selfies in a variety of places or when you’re doing cool things. And smile every once in a while. People like smiles.

3. Use the rule of thirds

 A photography classic, but one often overlooked when pointing the camera at your own face. Filling the frame with your gurning mug isn’t always the best approach. Imagine a grid splitting your snap into thirds both vertically and horizontally.

For a well-constructed snap, try to place the image’s impact points the intersection of the lines. Don’t clutter one corner or always put the focus in the centre. Use the dimensions you’re being offered.

4. Crop the crap

Stephanie Davis bedroom selfie

As well as building things into your selfie snaps, you can cut things out too. That guy in the background picking his nose, the reflection of another selfie snapper, the more attractive person over your shoulder – they all need to go.

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Before social sharing, have a bit of a tweak, cut out the unwanted and focus on the desired – like that winning smile.

5. Work the angles

Nick Grimshaw selfie

 Far too frequently selfies are back-stabbing, double-chin revealing bastards. The angles always seem to have something against you, picking out your every flaw or fat patch. Well no more. Use these to your advantage and play the angles at their own game.

Kim Kardashian swears by holding the camera up above her head in one hand, turning her face towards the lens, then carrying on a little further. Standing straight on will only highlight the lack of perfect symmetry in your chops, so turn slightly to show off your ‘best side’. Avoid pointing the camera upwards at yourself too – you’ll instantly gain two stone.

6. Hold back on ‘Beauty Mode’

Beauty Model selfie failMost smartphones now come equipped with some sort of selfie mode that lets you smooth over any bumps and blemishes and tuck in those double chins. Use them sparingly, though. Overdoing the filters and fillers will quickly make you look like a bug-eyed alien.

Like a lipstick stain on the collar, it’s easy for people to see when you’ve cheated, so play nice or keep things subtle.

7. Your face doesn’t have to be the focus

Foot selfie

 Selfies don’t just have to be of your face. Other body parts can get in on the act too, and, no, we don’t mean dickpics and twinkleshots are the future of Facebook.

Ditch the ego and put your feet in the frame. Backdropped by some beautiful surroundings, a shoe selfie can often tell a far better story than your face. No offence, like.

8. Hit the shutter the simple way

Kim Kardashian selfie

 Trying to hold your phone one-handed and contort your fingers to that onscreen shutter button without obstructing the camera can be tricky.

There’s an easier way though: all iPhones and most Android handsets let you capture a snap simply by pressing the volume controls. There’s no need to dislocate your fingers any more.

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