Oh, selfies. They're here to stay – and there's no sense in trying to fight it. So, if you're going to roll with the trend, you might as well learn how to take a better selfie, edit your photos, and get at least one gadget that will help you look your best on your favorite social media sites. So, without further ado, I give you five devices, and five tips and tricks for better selfies!
Gadgets & Apps
FaceTune: For better selfies, this app allows you to quickly retouch your photos and do things like whiten your teeth, remove blemishes, and more.
Retrica: Get access to more than 100 different real-time filters, as well as a collage feature, a built-in photo timer, and other features that can make your selfies so much better.
Camera+: Get a wider range of exposure controls and a host of advanced settings, like the power to use a continuous flash, 6x digital zoom, apply preset filters, borders, etc.
Portable Flash. With the ability to connect a flash to your phone via Bluetooth, you can add light right where you need it and get more pro-quality selfies.
Tips & Tricks
Pay attention to lighting: It has everything to do with making your selfie shine.
Beware of shadows: When in doubt, try to keep the sun behind you. When possible, shoot during sunrise or sunset. After all, when the light is low it will make you glow.
Perfect your natural smile: Avoid too-big grins, too-fake smirks, and generally anything that's less than genuine (looking). So practice and perfect delivering a natural smile at a moment's notice.
Check your angles. Make sure that your phone is held out in front of you but angling down slightly. This will help you avoid an unnatural double chin and looking like you're stretching your neck in an effort to look like you DO NOT have a double chin. However, do your best to avoid extreme angles. Think subtle.
Experiment: When learning how to take better selfie photos, take lots and lots of pics – experimenting with lighting, expressions, head tilts and other nuanced movements. This way you can figure out what best works for you.
If you're shy about sharing your selfies but want to see them as they'd appear on a social media site, you can create a private account (with access restricted and accessible only by you) and load your photos onto the site. Then, you can take some time away, come back, and browse through them to see the pics through "fresh" eyes.
Many of the newer smartphones have a front facing camera which makes it easier to see a preview of your selfie before you take the picture. If your current phone isn’t up to the challenge, it might be time for a new one. Check your phone upgrade eligibility if you’re a Sprint customer, or start browsing new smartphones to find the right one for you.