How To Take A Good Selfie - Expert Tip #2
Updated: Mar 9, 2019
Ready to take your selfies to the next level? Find out how from the experts!
I am curious to find out how many of you are aware that "photography" comes from the Greek words "photo" which means light and "graphics" which can be translated into drawing. Simply put, photography is in fact, "drawing with light".
This goes to show just how important this factor is, in taking the right picture. But today we are not here to discuss tips on photography in general which can be a broad topic, we are here to focus on the importance of lighting when taking flawless selfies!
Just a reminder, this is Cynthia Coleman, social media expert and lifestyle coach, I have recently partnered up with GlowTech with the purpose of unveiling the hidden secrets of the social media industry. What's in it for me? After years of experience working with fashion models, beauty experts, vloggers and influencers it is time I give something back to the community, to the people.
As promised in the previous blog post, today we are going to dig deeper into the 2nd out of the 12 secrets I promised to deliver on.
Expert Tip #2. Lighting can make or break your selfie!
"Nothing can beat daylight, it is free, abundant and the sun combined with the scenery is just amazing".
That would be true, if you were a professional photographer but your goal here is to pull off an amazing selfie and the lack of experience combined with so many variables such as weather, location, season, time of the day, differing colors and contrasts, mean little chances to succeed.
As a beginner, put yourself in a position to win by controlling what could go wrong.
Firstly, find the correct position compared to the source of the light. One might think that lighting from above is ideal but that would be a false belief with the simple reason being that you will get circles under the eyes. From below? No, unless you want to look scary. Keeping it at eye level is the answer, this is how you will get the most out of the lighting.
Secondly, face the light! Don't run away from it, it is your trusted friend who is key in getting you the desired results.
Next up, is the background. "Quick snap right here and it will turn out perfect", not so easy, I am afraid. Be aware of your surroundings because they have an impact on your selfies. Go for the rooms with softer colors because white walls will have the light reflecting back into your face and powerful colors like blue, red or green will leave a particular color on your face which might not be likeable.
Once you improve your selfie taking skills, start making use of natural light inserts such as using a window with indirect light. Facing it will work best. As soon as you are confident with that you can move on towards more sophisticated stuff such as creating "Rembrandt" lighting by angling your face to one side.
"Save yourself time, energy & stress by acquiring high standard lighting products. There are quite a few out there, however, my recommendation is that the starting point should be GlowTech's Selfie Ring Light. It has an amazing design, 3 levels of dimmable brightness and can be easily attached to your smartphone, not to mention that it is rechargeable, how convenient is that?" (Online Influencer)
I hope I have made good use of your time and until the next expert tip please feel free to share feedback about the results you had following my advice!