Thought of the Selfie
With the weather changing, and the amazing beauty of fall being among us, it seems prime time for selfies! For me personally, this season brings sickness and chapped noses, not to say that it still isn't my favorite time of year, filled with crisp apples and beautiful changing leaves. Although if you were to look at my phone, you'll see mainly photos of places I go, my dogs, or food (typical instagram images), but I am a victim of the selfie every now and then.
The main question with a selfie is "How do I take a good selfie?", that is what I want to touch on today.
The most important thing when it comes to taking a selfie is LIGHTING! Natural lighting is the best way to cover all possible flaws without needing to edit your image afterwards, it does become very obvious the more editing you do. If inside, try and find large windows, but try to avoid direct sunlight, or else you will look washed out, the best time is on a nice cloudy day or right at sunset/sunrise.
Another thing to think about is the angle which you aim the camera, as most people use the front facing camera, it is best not to put it to close to your face. If you hold the camera to close you will see the effect of a small lens, which tends to distort the center of the image, in most cases, your nose will appear much larger then normal.
It is also important to think about what is in the background, in the image above I was at an artist village, which makes for an interesting background, that thankfully doesn't take away from the foreground.
There are many different third party apps that can be used to alter your images, the only one that I will use is Aviary, but much like how I take photos, I am a purest. This means the majority of the time I don't edit my images beyond brightness or exposure, the sign of a professional is the ability to take a good photo straight out of camera.
Hopefully these small bits of information help better your own selfie! Feel free to follow me on Instagram , if you like this blog post a selfie and tag me in it, or use the hashtag, #muchadoaboutselfies !