Selfies are big right now. Not only are they are fun to take, they’re also an exciting way to mark memorable moments. To get the most out of your selfie, use these tips to take great shots and capture each moment exactly how you want it to be seen. Try switching up your photographing techniques on your iPhone with these tips and see what amazing selfies you can come up with.
#1 Let Lighting Do All the Work
One of the most important elements of a good selfie is lighting. Lighting allows your face to look amazing no matter where you are. Good light sources such as lamps or even sunlight are a big part of creating professional looking photos without special effects.
#2 Choose an Exciting Background
Backgrounds enhance the imagery of your selfie. Are you on vacation and want to show off the scenery and what you’re up to? Include your surroundings in the background of your selfie to communicate more – let the selfie tell the story.
#3 Show a Smile
Everyone loves to see a selfie with a smile. Smiles brighten up a selfie. They set the mood and set the tone, so flash your pearly whites!
#4 Let Filters and Effects Enhance Your Photos
Filters can dramatically change the mood of your photo, so have fun experimenting with the filters that come on your iPhone. Filters alter the colour of your image, the contrast, and add cool overall effects that will make your selfie stand out.
#5 Tell a Story
While a selfie might seem limited, it really isn’t. You’d be surprised how much a visual image communicates to viewers. You can artfully express where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing. Take time to plan out and frame the picture properly. Let your creative juices flow…don’t be afraid to try several “scenarios” so you can choose your favourite to share.
#6 Avoid Photo Bombers
Photo bombers can be annoying, or funny. A photo bomber sneaks into the shot, inserting themselves into your selfie. Though the results can be funny, sometimes it’s just not what you’re trying to achieve. Take a minute to check the background to be sure the image bomber-free.
Use these Tips Wisely
These tips are an overall guide to taking great selfies, but they do not by any means need to be followed all the time. Find ways to have fun taking selfies and enjoy the process. If you’re having fun, your photos will reflect that excitement to your viewers. There’s nothing like a great selfie!
Having coffee and a chat about creativity with Ann Caddey, artist and art teacher from ‘The Drawing Room.’
Are you ready to let your creative side out?
I recently met with Ann Caddey, an amazing artist from Newcastle, NSW, to discuss creativity and,as an art teacher, how we could all access our creative side. I actually first met Ann 3 years ago in a little diner in Chelsea, New York. We were in a group of fellow Aussies drinking cheap wine and eating burgers…and we laughed all night. Since then, I have admired Ann’s beautiful, vibrant nature, her love of art, her positivity and joyful vibe.
Ann was an art teacher for 30 years, and now continues to teach in her own business – a relaxed drawing boudoir called – ‘The Drawing Room’.
The thing I really love about Ann is her take on creativity and art – she believes it is for everyone. Not just to be intellectualised and admired by academia or explored by those with Fine Arts degrees. It is a form of self-expression for EVERYONE! As such, ‘The Drawing Room’ attracts a broad group of participants from art students honing their skills to mums and dads that just want to get out of the house and have fun over a glass of wine and a sketchpad!
When we met recently, Ann spoke of creativity and shared her ideas and insights into embracing the process of creating as an outlet for self-expression.