Since the rise of social media it appears the world has all become a little bit narcissistic. That’s not a bad thing, according to experts being on the narcissistic spectrum is perfectly healthy, it means we have confidence in ourselves and want to promote our best assets. However there is an end to the spectrum that you don’t want to find yourself on, the self obsessed end!
Whilst Instagram and Twitter are packed full of images which promote our lives in the best light of all, you don’t see many images of your friends in the morning after a terrible night out or snap shots of them spilling soup down their tie at lunch because they are having a difficult hump day, most of us manage to find the happy balance between snapping a great shot and becoming completely obsessed with perfection.
If social media is ruling your life then you need to master the art of it’s biggest craze, the selfie.
Taking a selfie doesn’t have to be complicated. Just spin the camera around and click. However, there are lots of factors to consider if you want to look your best and not end up posting shots that widen your face, allow people to see up your nose or make you look like you have a double chin. Easy when you are in control, not so much when your friends grab you together for a quick shot.
Would you believe there is even a photography course on the art of the selfie? No, neither could we, but it exists. So we grabbed some tips from the professionals and thought we would share them with you.
No not in your standards, we are talking camera angle. If you shoot from a higher angle pointing down onto your face, you will give the appearance of a slimmer face and even reduce the size of some of your features. Don’t go too high or you will draw focus to your forehead. You want to catch your eyes and that will become the focal point of the image.
Don’t duck face!
The craze of duck face seems to be the order of the day but don’t fall victim to it’s allure! Instead opt for a delicate smile or better still, show some teeth. Just make sure they are nice and white! Although if they aren’t, you can fake it!
Check your surroundings.
There have been some incredible selfie fails due to a dirty bedroom or unwanted feature behind you. When snapping a selfie remember to choose a good environment. The internet can be pretty unforgiving of a dirty bathroom. Opt for a nice plain coloured wall and use it to keep the focus on your face.
There are hundreds of apps on the internet which can improve the quality of your photos. From Facetune where you can smooth out your skin and brighten your eyes, to instagram where you can add filters and edit like a pro!
Have fun and enjoy yourself. This craze seems set to stay!