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This will include ideas like different gear you can use through to tips for enlisting strangers to help out. If you are going down the road of holding the camera yourself, you want to hold it as far away from yourself as possible. This is where a selfie-stick on a smartphone comes in so handy.
The reason for this is that most camera lenses on smartphones, and the lenses you would use on a normal camera to take a hand held selfie, are going to be wide angle. This means that they can get a lot of the shot in, but they also distort the image slightly. This distortion is usually not noticeable, but when you hold these lenses too close to your face, it can result in a weird caricature like effect, where parts of your face suddenly seem larger than other parts.
This is a pretty standard effect, and we notice it a lot more on faces simply because our brains are very good at facial recognition, and any change from the normal patterns jumps out at us.
So if you are going down the route of hand holding your camera, extend your arm as far away from you as possible to minimise this fisheye effect. Ok, lets move beyond the hardware and start to talk about how to make sure that the pictures you are taking of yourself look as good as possible. My first tip, regardless of which method you are using, is to have the camera slightly above you. Photos naturally look better when taken from slightly above no-one wants a chin first imageso if you can get the camera slightly above you, this will give you better.
The exception to this guidance is if you are shooting into a mirror — holding the camera below yourself might make it easier to edit the camera out. Light is critically important when it comes to photography, and this is no less true when it comes to taking pictures of yourself. Next, you need to consider the angle and direction of the light. A lower light source, such as when the sun is lower on the horizon, will more evenly illuminate your features.
A high light source, such as when the sun is directly overhead, will cause harsher shadows that will create dark contrast areas and less flattering. Having the light so it is behind the camera as you look into the camera will more evenly illuminate your face. Finally, the quality of the light is really important. The best light comes from a nice low sun, near sunrise or sunset, when it has that yellow glow. This warm glow will give you softer skin tones, and the lower angle of the sun will properly illuminate your face.
Be wary of point light sources like flashes, which can wash out your features, give you terrifying red-eyes, and generally ruin an otherwise good shot. Natural light will nearly always result in better unless you invest in a serious flash kit and the knowledge to use it. If you are shooting indoors, try to stay as still as possible to minimise any motion blur, and take advantage of any light you can find — perhaps stand near a window so the light from outside illuminates you.
Otherwise, just try to use the brightest light source you can! What do I mean by that? Well, a of things. You need to think about the whole image, and what you want in it. Make sure everything will be clear to the viewer. For more on composition tips, check out my guide to composing better photos here. If you smile, you will definitely find that your pictures will look more pleasing, both to you, and to anyone who looks at them. A happy, smiling photo is always nice, and when you smile you will likely find yourself naturally relaxing too.
Take a few photos, and the more you practice, the more natural and relaxed you will look, and the better the. This will let you experiment with different poses, be sure your eyes are open, and basically get into it a bit more.
The majority of mirrorless and DSLR camera support either wireless remoteswhich let you trigger the camera yourself, or more advanced intervalometers, which you can set up to take a sequence of photos over time. Some cameras these days even come with WiFi, so you can control them remotely, and thus use your smartphone as the remote.
If you do this, we still recommend using the timer function, so you have time between pressing the button and the photo being taken — time in which you can hide your smartphone and pose properly! This lets you record a video of a scene, and then you can pull high resolution images from the video. This is like a really advanced intervalometer — instead of getting a shot every few seconds, you actually get 30 shots every second. Other camera brands might have other special shooting modes like this, so do check your own camera to see what you can do!
Learning how to edit your photos is a key photography skill, and will help you get the best out of your photos, whatever they are of. You can also go further of course — removing skin blemishes, whitening teeth and so on. There are a of options when it comes to photography editing. On mobiles, I love and use Snapseedwhich has some nice modes for portraits in particular.
On a computer, I use and recommend Adobe Lightroom if you want to get more serious.
See my full guide to the best photo editing software for more recommendations, including free and paid products. For more information, I have written guides to a of common camera types. You can read my guide to using a compact cameraguide to using a mirrorless camera and guide to using a DSLR camera for more hints and tips on getting the most out of your camera. For the best when taking a picture of yourself, we suggest using a tripod.
This will let you position the camera properly, frame the shot so you have everything that you want in your photo, use whatever type of camera you have smartphone mounts are available for tripodsand generally get the you want. This will let you set up the camera to take a of photos on a timer, so you can take a few shots and then keep the best ones.
Obviously there are some disadvantages to the tripod approach. In addition, there is always the worry that someone might try and run off with it, or bump into it, so not a great fit for all situations. Still, the myriad benefits that a tripod brings to your photography make it our one option for taking better photos of yourself. No worries, there are plenty more options to choose from, which when combined with my tips below for getting better photos of yourself, will hopefully result in some great selfies.
My next suggestion is similar to using a tripod, but instead of using an actual tripod, find somewhere that you can put your camera that will hold it steady. One tip is to travel with a small bean bag like this that you can use to balance the camera and level it. If you want to keep a hold of your camera, then the best option for getting photos of yourself is to use a camera with a front facing screen. Obviously, most smartphones will fall into this category as they nearly all have front facing cameras, which means you can compose your shot more easily.
However, a lot of bigger camera options, including many on our recommended travel camera listalso include screens that flip out so you can have the screen facing you even with the camera pointing at you. So make sure you are looking directly into the lens before you actually take the picture. If you want to get better pictures of yourself and you are shooting with a smartphone, then we definitely recommend you invest in a selfie-stick to do so. This will let you hold the camera at a more reasonable distance from your body, giving you much more control over how you frame and compose your shot.
It will also help reduce the weird wide-angle caricature like effect that often occurs when holding a camera too close to your face. There are a great many selfie-sticks on the market. We recommend you invest in a reasonable one that will securely hold your camera, and offers a remote button so you can take pictures by pressing a button on the selfie-stick rather than having to use a timer.
Just make sure that whichever one you choose works with your specific size and phone or camera model.
This can be a hit and miss strategy. Of course, whatever the final result, it pays to be courteous and thankful to whoever takes my picture, and always offer to reciprocate.
For betterI suggest you look for someone who looks like they know what they are doing when taking pictures I get approached a lot when I travel as I usually have a pair of large DSLR cameras on me! So just get one or two shots and thank them. This is currently a slightly more niche option, but as the prices of drones like this one becomes more affordable, and they become ever smaller, using a drone to take a good selfie of yourself is actually becoming more of a viable alternative to all the above options.
Of course, there are drawbacks. They are also still a little bit expensive to make this a standard option. But if you have one, using it to get better photos of yourself is definitely a great idea! The principle is quite simple, and you can use any camera for this one. Just find a reflection of yourself and take a picture! Still, with a bit of practice, careful cropping in post-processing, and cunning positioning of the camera, you might be able to get that are up there with the best celebrity Instagrammers!
This will let you incorporate yourself into a shot of a well known object, and will give you something a bit different from all the other options on this list for getting photos of yourself. A professional photographer will be able to get far better than you would likely be able to manage yourself. But if quality is the most important factor, perhaps of a special location you really want to get shots of, then this is the way to go.
You might also check with a local camera shop for photographer recommendations. Well, that sums up my tips for getting better pictures of yourself when travelling and when not! Before you go, I just want to share with you a few more tips to help you get better photos, based on my years as a professional travel photographer. If you found this post helpful, and you want to improve your photography overall, you might want to check out my online travel photography course.
The course covers pretty much everything you need to know, from the basics of how a camera works, through to composition, light, and photo editing. It also covers more advanced topics, including astrophotography, long exposure photography, flash photography and HDR photography. You get feedback from me as you progress, access to webinars, interviews and videos, as well as exclusive membership of a facebook group where you can get feedback on your work and take part in regular challenges.
Which you can do by clicking here. Let me know in the comments below! And what an exhaustive post — how to get good photos of ourselves is something that has always bothered us. Thanks for writing this one-stop guide for self photography. Hey Ankita! They come for an adaptor for a camera, which has a hole in the base. For your second question — you have a few options. If your camera has wifi or bluetooth, you might be able to remote control it with an app.
Or, you can use the timer function on your camera, most have a ten second timer for taking photos of yourself. However, you can also get a remote. Hi lawrence, thanks. Yes, i will have to buy an adapter and a remote shutter so additional cost for me. Can you show me a link to a cheap adapter and remote that could work with the Vanguagard? For a remote, it has nothing to do with the tripod — you just need something to remote trigger your iphone.
Thanks Laurence, thats what i tough. For example, this VEO2Go AB folds down to less than 13 inches in size, and weighs around 2lbs, which is pretty small!
I would suggest trying the Amazon Basics line, they are more affordable but you would have to search to see if they are as small. And in what type of luggage would i be able to carry with me, a carry on enough or do i need a suitcase? For luggage, it really depends on the airport and airline. Most airports will let you take a small tripod as carry on luggage, however I have had airports, especially in France, tell me is has to be checked. So it will depend on the policy of the airline and the security at the airport! Ah, ok.Just want your pictures
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