The thing with this day and age is the fact that the term “selfie” and take them in general has become so overblown and overrated that those who would like to keep true to the art form of self portraits tend to veer away from it. This is particularly hard if you’re using a medium that’s as mundane as an iPhone. What most people don’t realize though is the fact that an iPhone can be a powerful tool for self portrait given the right basic principles that the person who shoots it goes by.
For one, you would definitely not want to end up with a typical photo that capture’s you taking the photo at an arm’s length and with poor quality. So what should a good and classic self portrait convey, exactly? Well, for starters, you should aim for a photo that aims to capture you in your truest essence. Come up with a really honest expression on your face and try to maintain the integrity of the photographic art form as much as you can.
Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind before you start taking those artful self portraits:
1. Avoid the front camera
This will probably raise your eyebrow but seriously, you should avoid using it. The reason why is because the front facing camera usually has a lower resolution as opposed to the back facing one and thus comes up with lower quality photos. It makes sense when you think about it. It’s like going for a more upgraded camera if photography is something you’re doing professionally.
2. Your self timer is your friend
The iPhone actually already comes in with a built in self timer for its camera but feel free to download an external app to pair it with if it rocks your socks. The thing is; it lets you choreograph the shot better. You’re able to set it up in such a way that you actually get the angle that you’re aiming for and give you enough time to arrange yourself in front of the camera.
3. Burst mode gives you more options
Imagine being shot by paparazzi, only that you actually get to choose which final picture you get to represent you. Having 10 photos taken per second gives you the luxury to play around with your angles and even your poses and expressions so that you will eventually end up with that one perfect shot that you may deem worthy as a profile picture or as a business avatar.
4. Flirt with mystery
It’s all about drumming up some drama and translating that to your photos. Play with your light options; change the angle every now and then. If you’re not a fan of the black and white setting, it’s high time that you seriously try it out. The perspective it brings at an artsy level is just out of the park.
5. Use multiple photos in one
This is actually far easier than you would think it is. With the advent of high tech apps, you will be able to do that with the drop of a hat. Take multiple photos of yourself in one spot and pose differently or wear a different set of clothes each time, making you look like different people, then meld the shot altogether.