It seems the trend for selfies hasn’t died out just yet! There are still plenty of challenges to take a selfie in a location, with a product or of your latest fabulous hairstyle…. but what are the tricks to taking a successful – and hopefully prizewinning – selfie?
Here are a few suggestions to help you get that perfect shot… And if you’re looking for selfie comps, try searching on Google and Twitter for ‘selfie competition’ or ‘win selfie’.
Most new mobile devices have a front-facing camera – though the resolution isn’t as good as the main rear camera, it makes selfies much easier. Tap the icon with two arrows in a camera to switch the view to front-facing. On an iPhone, it’s easier to take a snap with your thumb using the volume buttons on the side rather than fiddling with the on-screen button!
Your device may have a setting to restrict the camera to a square format – I always use this for competition photos. Otherwise, you may end up taking an amazing selfie and then realise you have to crop off the top of your head before uploading to Instagram!
Use a self-timer app
I use the Timercam app on my iPhone for a 5 second countdown, which means I can get myself in position without worrying about pressing the button too.
Good lighting will make your skin look great and your hair shiny – natural light is best, so try taking your selfie outside. Using the flash will usually give harsh results – especially if you’re as old as me!
There might not be much room for background in your snap, but it’s important. Keep the background plain if the focus is on you, so it’s not distracting. But if you need to be in a certain place, try to include the shop name or landmark (this is where a selfie stick comes in handy!)
Being serious in a selfie only really works if you’re a celebrity – and even then, it can often be more hilarious than sultry! Smile and have a bit of fun – a wink or a fun facial expression shows your character. And of course – face paint and fancy dress work a treat!
If you need to take a selfie with a product, think of how you can make your photo different to the other entries. Use props like glasses and hats to add a bit of fun.
Try the camera in different positions
Holding the camera above your head is flattering and helps you get your outfit – or Christmas jumper – into the shot. For fashion comps, you might want to try the classic selfie shot in a mirror!
If taking a ‘proper’ selfie with your arm or selfie stick stretched out isn’t feasible, use a mini tripod with self timer or remote control to get the perfect shot. In most cases, a promoter will be happy with a self-portrait – so as long as you took it yourself, that’s fine (although let’s be honest, can they really tell that your husband took the photo…?)
After taking your selfie, you can edit and crop it in your camera app, or add filters in Twitter or Instagram. Try a few different types to see what works – golden glows look nice!
Use a selfie stick!
Yes, you might feel a bit embarrassed to begin with, and it takes a bit of practise to keep your arm out of shot, but with a selfie stick you can fit in more people, more scenery and get more creative!
Do you love or hate selfie competitions? What are YOUR top tips? Leave a comment to let me know!