What was I doing? I'm predominantly a beauty blogger, not a fashion blogger and I'm not a selfie taker but here I was stepping completely and utterly out of my comfort zone about to immerse myself in the world of selfie taking!
I have been a fan girl of Nikki's for a while now. Nikki is the Selfie Goddess with her daily #everydaystyle photos which she has done for well over a year now without missing a single day! Wowee! If anyone could teach me how to take a decent selfie it would be Nikki.
Luckily Nikki realised that not all of us are as comfortable in front of the camera as she is, so very thoughtfully she gifted us all with a fabulous aromatherapy product from Twenty-8, a Courage & Confidence spray.
So, after a presentation by Nikki of her top Selfie Taking Tips, a bit of instruction re the amazing Olympus cameras from their expert, Quett, and a lot of spritzes of Courage & Confidence we were off, putting our newly learnt theory into practice and taking selfies left, right and centre!
Here are the top 10 tips I learnt from Nikki's presentation:
1. Lighting is important. Natural indirect light is your friend.
Nikki explained how it's best to have the light source behind the camera and the photographer so the light falls on the subject. Here's two photos that illustrate why!
2. For a head shot selfie have the camera slightly above your head height to avoid double chin looks.
I did have two photos to illustrate this as well but even with the Courage & Confidence spray I'm too vain to put my "camera too low resulting in a quadruple chin turkey neck" photo up on this post! Sorry about that but here's the better version with the camera slightly above my head height as recommended by Nikki.
3. For a full length selfie Nikki recommended setting the camera height on a tripod or have the photographer hold the camera at about your chest height to avoid you looking out of proportion. If the camera is held too high your legs will look shorter. If it's too low your body will look shorter.
4. Also for full length photos the positioning of your body is important in achieving a slimmer and more flattering photo. If standing front on to the camera, have your hips turned to the side and twist your upper body towards the camera. This feels slightly strange at first but gives you a much slimmer and more flattering photo.
5. Create some space between your arms and your body for a more flattering photo. You can do this by placing one or both hands on your hips. Another flattering pose Nikki suggested is when wearing a jacket, have one hand on your hip and the other holding the edge of your jacket.
6. Cross one leg over the other for a slimmer and more flattering photo. Alternatively position one foot out to the side and forwards a bit to create space between your legs. The latter positioning works well together with tip 4.
7. When taking selfies with two people in the photo get as close to the other person as possible. Forget about personal space! The closer you are to the other person the better the photo looks.
8. The above photo also illustrates the importance of head & chin position. Nikki recommends tilting your chin out and slightly up to once again avoid the double chin look. She does this pose perfectly! Me, I've got a bit of practicing to do in front of the mirror I think!
9. In group wefies Nikki also recommends to get as close together as possible. Photo credit for this wefie goes to Nikki.
10. A plain background such as a painted wall will allow the clothes you are wearing to stand out. Usually it's better to avoid a "busy" background.
And finally a bonus tip, because everyone loves a bonus!
Thank you Nikki for being so generous in sharing your selfie taking tips with us! I really appreciated it and loved meeting you. Thank you Olympus for the use of your cameras during this workshop. #OlympusLovesBloggers really is an accurate hashtag! Hopefully my selfie photos will show a significant improvement from now on!
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