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How to Snap Great Pictures of Yourself In No Time

Taking beautiful photos of yourself can be a challenge. When you’re alone, not only do you have to make sure you look good on your own, but you also have to find the right angle. But if you adjust your surroundings, pose well, and follow a few rules, you can snap great pictures of yourself in no time. If you want to know how to do this, follow the steps below.

Prepare to take photos of yourself

Style your hair.

If your hair is sticking out in the wrong places or falling too much across your face, it will show from every angle. Make sure your hair is combed back, and if necessary, use hairspray to tame flyaways. Your hair doesn’t have to look perfect, but make sure it doesn’t distract from your face.

Freshen up your make-up.

If you’re taking photos of yourself, you can put on a little more makeup. Don’t apply too much though, otherwise, you won’t look like yourself and your face will look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. If you don’t normally wear makeup, just use some mascara and lip gloss to draw attention to your face. If your facial skin is slightly oily, use some powder. Oily skin often looks even oilier in a photo.

Adjust the light.

Natural light is best, but you can play around with the different lights in your room and try different settings. In any case, take the photo in a bright room. If you are in a room, stand by a window. If you are outside, it is best to take the photo early in the morning or later in the afternoon when you are not exposed to too much sunlight.

Choose the right background.

The background should make you stand out. He shouldn’t turn pale. If you’re indoors, a white or colored wall should suffice. However, don’t stand in front of a wall with lots of posters or a wild design, otherwise it will distract you too much. If you are outside, then you should choose a uniform background. This can be, for example, a tree-lined avenue or a lake. Don’t stand in front of other people or in front of moving objects such as buses.

Practice holding the camera with your arm outstretched.

This is the most common way to take a self-portrait. So make sure you have a good position before taking many photos, all of which aren’t good. After all, you don’t want photos where your forearm covers your face and looks muscular. Don’t forget that your arms will get tired after a while. Take a break every now and then, adjust the light, or choose a new outfit.

Put yourself in a good mood.

Your photos will be much better when you feel free and happy. This will make you feel more comfortable in front of the camera and help you relax. In addition, you are then more in the mood to be a little more willing to experiment. So get yourself in the mood for something you enjoy doing. You can listen to your favorite music that will make you dance or sing your favorite song.

Take photos of yourself

Set up the camera.

You’ll probably want to try different poses and then choose the most flattering one. If you have a self-timer and your camera can take multiple photos at a time, you can set the camera to give you time to change your pose. You’ll find it easier if you don’t have to operate the camera and strike a pose at the same time. Set the timer so you have more than enough time and don’t have to keep running back and forth. If you like taking self-timer photos, consider getting a remote control.

Experiment with different angles.

You should try as many angles as possible to see which angle looks best on you. Avoid taking photos from below, as they make you look smaller and often make it look like you have a double chin in photos like this. Elevating the camera slightly above you will make you look taller and slimmer. Avoid frontal photos. Rather shoot the photo from the left or right because it looks more dynamic. Try 10-20 different angles. Have fun until you find the best, most flattering angle. Don’t forget that one hairstyle can look perfect from one angle and another hairstyle can look bad in the same angle. Try taking photos in front of the mirror. So you can try out a new, great perspective during your shoot. The camera will be visible in the photo, which can be a fun effect.

Take as many photos as possible.

Take as many photos as you need to get the perfect snapshot. You have nothing to lose if you don’t use a polaroid or film camera. Mix and match different outfits and hairstyles until you find the look you like best. You can also experiment with different backgrounds. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, try taking photos of the same spot at different times to see how the light changes and affects your look.

Ask a friend for their opinion.

Show the photos to a friend or family member before you upload them to the web, as this will give you a valuable second opinion. You may think you look perfect, but an honest opinion could make your next shoot even better.


If you’re going to include props in your photo, try to choose things that represent you. (For example, a guitar if you are a musician or a horse if you ride a horse). If this isn’t for you, but you still want to spice up your photo, experiment with different backgrounds. With apps and computer programs, you can even edit them afterward.


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Daniel Carter

Daniel Carter is a senior writer and editor at CouponKirin. His work has been featured by The Associated Press, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and Reuters. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he’s not writing about money, Carter enjoys traveling around the world.