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5 Simple Tips for Better Selfies

Let’s face it: Selfies are here to stay.

And if I’m honest, nothing makes me feel better than a good Selfie in my Instagram feed every now and then.

And if you want to stand out, you’ve got to give good selfie. (LOL)

SO!

5 tips for better selfies

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Today I’ve got 5 Simple Tips for Great Selfies.

 

1. USE YOUR FRONT FACING CAMERA

Listen. I know this may seem obvious, but no.  Some of us are still attempting to use the camera on the back of our phones for selfie purposes.  FRIENDS NO! Using the front facing camera helps you to SEE your selfie in action! You can look at composition, see that random crumb on your lip, check your lighting and most importantly, see that you are in FOCUS!

2.  Speaking of Lighting: LIGHT IS EVERYTHING

There is nothing worse than a dark selfie or a selfie where you are yellow due to overhead lights. Natural light of course is best.  And if you can get near a window, even better. BUT if you do need to take a selfie with no natural light in sight, try to position yourself so that you are not directly under the overhead lights. It will prevent those harsh shadows.

3. YOU ARE THE SUBJECT

It’s a selfie right? Nothing worse than being photo bombed by a nasty bathroom counter while you are taking your morning mirror selfie. So your best to eliminate/minimize the clutter in your background.

4.  TELL A STORY/BE DIFFERENT 

An occasional, “Hey it’s me smiling” selfie is normal, rational and ok.  But after a while that gets boring. Why are you happy? Is is that cup of coffee in your hand? Is it the event behind you? Is it your toes in the sand?  And remember, not all selfies have your face! Try showing your feet, in a kind of “where I am now” type selfie. Or show what you are doing. Cut off your face, show only half of it. If you look on my feed, everyone knows I like coffee. Why? Because at least once a week, there is a selfie( without my face or only half of it)and  a cup of coffee in a cozy setting.  It’s my signature. Find a theme of your own and OWN IT!

5. MODERATION

I know I know. We are talking about a subject that’ s so narcissistic and here I am talking about moderation.  But this needs to be said: DO NOT POST A SELFIE EVERYDAY!! ( Notice I said don’t POST! I have no problem with you taking one everyday….) But Save your BEST for posting!

 

Well, there you have it. My Simple Tips for Great Selfies

Go ahead, try them out. Your Selfies’ will be fabulous! I guarantee it. 🙂

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  • Reply
    Heather @ Divas Run for BLing
    October 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Thanks so much for this. I am a selfie fanatic sometimes – it drives my hubby nuts. I have found that I have gotten better the more I have done it though

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    Paris at My Big Fat Happy Life
    October 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I love taking selfies mostly because I am usually behind the camera. My husband always makes fun of me, but he’s in plenty of the photos that I take but he never takes my photo! 🙂

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    Louida
    October 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Thanks so much for these tips girl! I don’t take as much selfies anymore but I’ll be giving your tips a try.

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    FabEllis
    October 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Lighting is most certainly EVERYTHING! I do take selfies with my front facing camera, but sometimes the quality is atrocious. LOL! I guess this is what I get for having an older phone. I need to upgrade ASAP.

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    Jessica
    October 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Awesome tips. I love your selfies. They are always so creative and feel so much more authentic than most I see.

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      LaShawn
      October 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      thank you! I try to be creative because who just wants to see just your face all the time!

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    Bre
    October 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    ha! i really only post selfies when i have my coffee on friday for #tcif. I need to take MORE selfies.

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    Lauren Harmon
    October 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I may or may not be guilty of taking selfies regularly. LOL. I love a good selfie and don’t mind seeing selfies of others in moderation on social media. It’s a trend that I can appreciate!

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    kita
    October 17, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I have two selfies …..*sigh* But my daughter has about 23 in my phone.

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      LaShawn
      October 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      ROFL

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    Katherine G
    October 17, 2014 at 12:48 am

    These are great tips! I’ve had some really jacked up selfies. These tips are really going to help me.

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    Emerald
    October 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I take selfies on the regular and I love using natural light. My sisters pick at me but its like I’m obsessed now. Well not as bad as Kim Kardashian but when the right light calls you gotta take a new pic.

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    K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    October 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Great tips! I definitely think I have #5 down. And I agree that nothing takes away more from a great selfie than too much going on in the background, especially if it’s clutter.

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      LaShawn
      October 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Clutter kills a selfie EVERY TIME! I saw a pile of dirty laundry today. And she was made up and ready to go. SMH

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    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    October 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Amazing tips! I have pinned to my photography board!

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    Chasing Joy
    October 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    These are really great tips. I like the idea of having a theme.

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    Kerry Rego
    October 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    We met at BlogHer this summer and I was checking out your photography today. This is is excellent advice, thank you!

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    Jamie G @ SnapGinger
    October 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

    These are some great tips.. I need to really use #4 for my next one 😉

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