According to research, photos with faces in them do about 38% better on Instagram than photos without. Even if you’re not trying to get followers on social media, knowing how to take good photos of yourself can be a good confidence boost in a time when it’s practically unavoidable – you get photographed at special occasions, on weddings, with friends, and much more.
Once you know how to handle yourself in front of the camera, all these occasions will become much easier. Not to mention how a good selfie is a great way of connecting with your followers and getting noticed – give a face to all of your content if you haven’t already, and see how your engagement increases.
But taking selfies that stand out isn’t that easy, which is why we’ve put together these tips and tricks to help.
Add Creative Touches
The easiest way to make your selfies stand out is with the help of creative touches like small animations, graphics, and stickers. You can even add text and selfie quotes in the background to make your photos pop, and play with colors, fonts, and sizes to create interesting combinations.
Photos like this are very eye catching, and there’s a high chance people will stop to hear what you have to say.
Know Your Angles
When it comes to selfies, it helps to know what angles suit you best. Almost everyone who is used to the camera knows how to pose to bring their best sides out in front of the camera, and so should you.
If you want to do this, try taking photos of yourself in different angles and see what suits you best. For most people, taking a photo with the camera held high and your face turned to the side is a favorable angle, but you can experiment with looking straight up at the camera, looking down at it, and taking photos from the side.
Take it to the next level and even experiment with the timer – once you know what to do, place the camera somewhere and then try taking your photos from a distance.
Use Natural Light
Indoor lighting can often be harsh and bring out a lot of imperfections in your skin. It can even make you look pale and washed out, make your pores and dark circles stand out, and much more.
If you want your skin to look it’s best, try to take photos in natural light. Early morning and late evening light is the best, and you can even stand in front of a window for some natural light when you’re taking selfies indoors.
When this isn’t an option, you can invest in lamps that mimic the soft glow of the sun. These kinds of lamps and lights are now growing popular solely because of how well their light works for indoor photography.
Learn From Others
Chances are you follow someone on social media who takes photos and creates content that you really admire. If possible, try and recreate the same results on your own.
Even if you don’t end up with the same results, you will learn a lot about taking selfies and photos in general by doing this.
You can even try to learn from other photographers and influencers who often share their process and talk to their followers about how they do things.
Take Multiple Photos
It can be extremely hard to get the perfect photo every time even when you know all the angles, the light is perfect, and the setup is ideal. Some things just come down to luck, which is why it’s a good practice to take multiple photos in the same pose or take lots of photos in a single shoot.
Once you’re done, you can sit down and single out some of your favorite photos from the bunch – these are the ones you might edit a little and then share on your social media.
You can even take photos in a certain pose and try different things when you’re doing this. Once you sit down to look at the photos, you’ll start learning what works and what doesn’t, and you will start noticing how well some poses and angles work while others don’t.
Tell a Story
Any selfie that includes just your face will grow boring very quickly. When it comes to selfies and content of any kind that stands out, it’s often content that tells a story.
When you’re taking selfies on a trip, try to include your background in the picture as much as you can. In the caption, talk about how you got to this point and how you felt taking this picture.