I was there watching TV when Ellen DeGeneres took that selfie at the Academy Awards. Sure they had their best makeup done by professionals and had the right clothes on but how did they get such a great picture in one shot?
I rarely have my picture taken. Normally I am the photographer or I’m in the kitchen cleaning up (code word for hiding as very little is cleaned up).
That means when I need a picture I have my choice of my high school graduation or my confirmation portrait pictures. I don’t really look like either although the confirmation pictures (taken when I was around 12) are pretty interesting. I’m dressed like a fairy princess. It’s a look I like.
Or I can crop myself out of a group photo which makes me the size of a postage stamp or maybe a pea. Someone else’s hand (or shoulder or hair) is usually in my face obscuring my “good” side.
After I saw how simple it was to do a selfie, I tried it…and tried it….and tried it.
First off, my nose was so out of proportion that I looked ridiculous. Ok, “they” say use a higher angle. Hold it out and up looking down on you.
Easy peasy! Not!
Now I have a perfect picture of my ear lobe. I never focused on my ear lobe before. It’s quite lovely. So much better than my ears.
Do you know ears continue to grow until you die? Did you ever notice that old men (and ladies too) have humongous ears? Some even sprout hair or warts!
After many different shots and many different angles, I got one that had my whole face. I wasn’t doing anything too goofy. Eyes are open (sort of!). Smile looks sort of normal.
After a small crop, I have something I can use that was taken in this decade. This was done with my camera. I still can’t do a selfie with a Smartphone. I must have an enlarge nose button on it that doesn’t turn off.
Here are my tips:
- Hold your camera up in the air so it’s facing down at you at an angle. You will have to practice your angle or you will get chins or eyebrows. Don’t worry if it looks awkward.
- Stick out your chin (straight out) to minimize your triple folds.
- Talk to yourself so you have a more natural looking expression. Yes, you will look crazy but so what? This is show biz.
- Snap many so you have a choice. Don’t worry, there’s no film to waste!
- I look better when taken outdoors maybe you do too.
It also helps if you have Photoshop to crop or fix any stupid angles but that’s not important. It’s a selfie! It’s not expected to be perfect.
Take that Ellen!
And here is my selfie!