Close out your text messages software the next time you're taking a selfie.

It’s selfie season! I don’t know about you, but when I’m not using text messages software to see who my husband is talking to, I love taking selfies. If you want to take some great holiday ones, but your selfies rarely turn out the way you want, the problem isn’t you. It’s the way you’re taking them. Here are some professional modeling tips from industry experts that will help you get the social media worthy, stunning holiday selfies you want:

Pay Attention To The Lighting

When it comes to selfies, the lighting is everything. Kind of like photography in general. Indirect natural light is the best lighting when you’re taking a picture of yourself. Never use flash. If you need more light, turn on a lamp or stand by a window. Just make sure that the light is not behind you, or it’ll drown you out. If you’re taking selfies outdoors, angle the phone so that your head is directly blocking the sun. That will give you the perfect lighting for your picture.

If you’re indoors, look for a room or a spot that has a lot of natural light, like a living room. Don’t be afraid to exit out of apps you’re not currently using, like text messages software, and move your phone around to find the best lighting. If you’re taking a selfie in the mirror to show off your amazing holiday party outfit, turn around so that you’re being lit from the front. Then make sure that your knees and arms are bent for a more flattering angle. Don’t just stand straight in front of the mirror, or the photo won’t look good at all.

Filter

If you can’t get the light to look good, throw on a black and white filter or use another filter from your phone’s photo editor. Filters hide a multitude of lighting problems and can turn a selfie from terrible to good. And you’ll get bonus points with your social media followers, or even just from your friends over text messages software, for using a trendy or artistic effect. Filters can also soften angles and eliminate wrinkles and sags.

Use A Selfie Stick

Take flattering pictures with a selfie stick.
Selfie sticks aren’t the most elegant invention out there, but they work.

Very few people have arms that are the right length to really get a great selfie. So, use a selfie stick to get a little more distance for the best possible photo. You can angle the camera however you need to, without having to worry about whether or not your finger can reach the camera button. As a bonus, more of the background will be included in the photo, which is important if you want to take photos in front of a Christmas tree, some stockings hung on the mantle, or a big pile of presents.

Hold The Phone Closer To Your Face

Most people think that they need to hold the phone far away from their face in order to get a better photo. But in reality, you should bring the camera closer and use a more flattering angle for your face. This technique will pick up better lighting and show off your face. If you’re using a selfie stick, keep the camera a few inches in front of your face and use the stick to angle it so that your face will look clearer.

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