Self-portrait has been a hot trend of expression ever from the time when man first saw his own image reflection. A lot like Narcissus, it’s often the case that we don’t need to look beyond the tip of our own nose for a ponder worth studying. Let me teach you some simple steps on ‘How to take a good picture of yourself’. Let’s get started!
10 Tips To How to Take a Self-Portrait
Below you can witness some useful photography tips that I had to learn the hard way.
Location makes the background of the picture so you’ve to select it carefully. What sort of a background do you like? Do you like something that’s full of lights, busy or something bare? Choice of backgrounds is also determined by the subject. A thing to remember when selecting a location for background is that, you ought to avoid confusing backgrounds, visual patterns that can have a tangled imagery at the background and colors that don’t amend the appearance of the subject.
Lighting is one of the most crucial things that determine the way the photo comes out. Never take photos out in direct sunlight as it can totally sweep over an individual’s features and cause the backdrop look excessively bright. Just in case, the lighting is very much dull, make sure to bring enough light so that the person is visible on the picture. Soft light such as candle light or early morning light offers a dreamy tone to the picture. Direct light in the form of roughly focused high beam of studio light or sunlight add more dramatic feel to the picture.
Composition influences your photo’s overall look. Choose on what sort of effect you like to create with the person that you are snapping. Decide the framing and the angle as this influence the way you obtain a more focused image. Photo composition is also based on what type of a story you wish to say through your picture. For instance, if you wish to turn the subject to look communicating, you ought to do a close up snap. If the subject is large, vertical snaps will make the face taller
#4: Shoot from the Shoulder
Whether you’re using a smartphone or SLR camera, you don’t like to feature it in the frame. Rater, hold it off from you at shoulder level and turn your body towards it, tugging your opposite shoulder towards the camera. Then crop out the arm that is holding the camera from the picture.
#5: Tilt Your Head
People usually look great when they’re not facing straight at the camera. It’s better to have a little twist of your head or a lean angle, so lean your head a bit and tilt your eyes up towards the camera.
#6: Don’t Get Yourself Centered
This is a small photography secret that most photographers use. Start by visually dividing the frame into thirds: Rather than being in the centre of the portrait, set yourself away from the center, in order that you either fall in the first one-third or two-third of the frame. It makes the snap look more fascinating.
#7: Think Outside the Box
It’s not necessary to always have your face in the frame for a great snap. If you want a picture of yourself lying on the beach, fold your legs like ‘a la Heidi’ did. This pose flattens your stomach and prevents your legs from appearing tinged. You can even take it up a level by tilting your waist to the side a bit.
#8: Capture You
Last but not least, capture you! A self-portrait ought to be a real personal expression, not just a depiction of something you’ve encountered somewhere. Think of what you desire to be and how you wish to express that. Utilize scenery, props, lighting conditions and pose to express your personality. And above all, enjoy snapping!