I don’t know about you, but left to my own (electronic) devices, my self portraits are a mess of funky Victoria-Beckham fish faces and triple chins. So, just in time for New Year’s Eve, I asked a beauty photographer how to take a proper selfie:
• Optional but probably seriously great first step: Purchase the Camera+ app. It has an especially good self timer function.
• Next, stand in front of a window so you are back lit. A little soft, fuzzy lighting never hurt anyone and, in fact, helps most people, Gisele Bundchen or not.
• Now, find your best angle. If the camera is too low, you may shoot your chin and miss out on the expression in your eyes. Too high and your head may appear like a big dome.
• Using the zoom, slightly tighten your field of vision. This effect compresses the image a bit, making your features look more natural and less distorted. Keeping the exposure on the light side is critical for the same reason.
• Now shoot away. Don’t stress if you dislike the first few images. After a while you’ll discover your best position. Sometimes it’s head slightly lower and a naughty little smirk. Other times it’s just a big old laugh. As they say, practice makes picture-perfect.
For advanced selfie shooters, a bit of post production may also be useful. The Snapseed app can help warm up your skin tone should you be mortified by your ghostly pallor this time of year. A lower-tech option: Wear a touch of bronzer or highlighter.