How to Take the Perfect Selfie – Tips on Lighting, Filters & Backgrounds

By: Todd Covelli | Victor Padilla Posted: 12:11 PM, Jun 10, 2019

From Facebook to Instagram, your feed is chock full of selfies from you, your friends and family. If you’re like us though, your selfie game could use some professional help. Photographer Brett Silva of Desert Peak Studios gave us a crash course on how to take the perfect selfie.


1. Lighting


The first tip on how to take the perfect selfie? Brett says getting natural, diffused light is key. “One of the best ways to do that is a window,” says Brett. “Make sure it isn’t directly through the window or it will be too harsh. Ever wonder why those car selfies look so good? Because you’re surrounded by natural light.” Avoiding shadows is also important. “Make sure you don’t have the phone in front of your face where the light’s coming. Otherwise, you’ll get this huge shadow,” Brett warns. He also says hold that phone up high. “You’re not getting any shadows on your face [that way] – and always shooting down, so the wrinkles just disappear.”


2. Composition


The next bit of advice on how to take the perfect selfie – declutter that composition. “You want to have a nice, clean backdrop – nothing too distracting behind you. Also, don’t give yourself too much headroom. You want your head to be right near the top of the photo,” instructs Brett. “Also, portrait mode – on many of today’s phones – makes you pop out, blurs the background, and it looks like a DSLR camera.”


3. How to Take the Perfect Selfie with Filters


We’ll wrap our class on selfies with smartphone filter apps. “A couple of the good apps to use are Camera Plus. There’s also Facetune which is very popular with people,” informs Brett. He says Camera Plus is great for quickly adjusting exposure and contrast. Then there’s Facetune. “It’s like digital makeup. It will help you get rid of your wrinkles; it will help to look like you have a nice base of makeup on your face,” advises Brett. Both are less than four bucks and available on android and iOS.


Our social media feeds are full of selfies. But let’s face it – most of them leave a lot to be desired in the quality department. But not anymore, because now you know how to take the perfect selfie.


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