Selfies (Self-portraits) are very common within the last several years, especially with the cameras in cell phones improving so much. Obviously some who take selfies often do so quite well, others... not so much. Here is some thoughts and some quick tips that you might think about during your next selfie.
As mentioned above, cell phone cameras have improved greatly within the last several years and some models even rival their more dedicated counterparts in the camera market. Some things to keep in mind when taking pictures indoors concerns light. Cell phones have a sensor in them, similar to any digital camera. The sensor is typically much smaller that even a point and shoot camera and therefore it 'probably' is not going to take great pictures in doors without a flash especially away from windows. As most photographers know, our eyes are much more sensitive to light than even the most expensive cameras on the market and we often think that we have more light than we actually have in a room. Combine this with a little movement, and you have a blurry noisy picture which may be ok to capture a memory but probably is not going to be your most flattering image. If you use the flash at arms distance, you may look a little pale to say the least! Try to get to the best lit location that you possibly can when shooting indoors.
Holding a camera too close can yield some really funny and distorted looks. Remember, the camera lens is slightly curved and you may end up with REALLY buggy eyes or a giant nose. Selfie sticks can help, and some cell phones most point and shoot cameras will come with a self timer. Resting the phone against a support and taking a step back may drastically improve your images. This will also keep the images in focus.
Some people such as Brooke Shaden, Brooke Shaden Photography often use themselves as models for a variety of concepts. Ms. Shaden certainly is an excellent fine art photographer and many of the images that she shoots features herself as the subject. An adjustable DSLR camera comes in handy for this type of photography along with a self timer and remote control. She is also a very adept educator and has multiple tutorials on her website as well as being featured in workshops around the world.
Mark Wallace has also produced a short Youtube video shown here Self portraits that goes through common steps that will make your planned selfies come out a little better. These tips are helpful for those who wish to place promotional shots on social media, websites, or in print. Of course, your best bet if you want the most flattering shots that are in focus, have a friend or a professional make the images!
Bob Barford is a published photographer based outside of southern PA.