6 Kinds of Technique for Taking Better Selfies than Celebrities

on May 9, 2014
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The word ‘selfie’ has become an official word, but what about its verb form ‘to selfify’? Since 2011, among some of the selfie fanatics of Samsung Tomorrow, the word ‘selfify’ has been heavily, yet discretely used for more efficient sentence structuring. Today, as we publicly declare our love for selfies, we would like to share how to selfify better than celebrities. OK enough with a word that doesn’t exist yet, before we get deep into it, we would like to give an example of one of the most shared selfies of in the history of selfies.


OK, that’s a pretty good selfie, but they’re not all as amazing.  In fact, we think we have the insider tips on how to take better selfies than the average celebrity.

Here are 6 ways to take better selfies than celebrities.



1. Don’t Under-Estimate the Importance of Angle


Don’t Under-Estimate the Importance of Angle


Fact #1 Not everyone looks nice from every angle, and this is pretty universal. Everyone’s face has its strengths and weaknesses; therefore it is important to emphasize your strengths. First, ‘selfify’ your face from various angles. Second, and this could be an embarrassing process, but it’s a necessary one – show them to your friends and family and get feedback. If you’re really savvy, you could use a spreadsheet to statistically analyze people’s preferences to find your strength. Once, you do, lock in to the angle that’s best for your face.


# Recommended Device: Samsung NX mini


# Why? The 75.2mm (3.0-inch) Flip up and Touch Display that flips 180-degrees, 6fps Continuous Shot and 1/16000 sec Shutter Speed of the NX mini is perfect for taking a lot of selfies from various angles.



2. Don’t let the Light Shine behind You


Plato once said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” We have to say, in the world of the selfie, we should all be afraid of bad lighting, such as backlighting. Unless you want a Halo on your selfie, no matter how beautiful your face is, backlighting will most likely ruin it. It is important that you ‘selfify’ in a well-lit area. Fun fact?  There’s usually great light in the bathroom and that’s why you see so many selfies taken there!



3. Be Aware of the Mirror


Be Aware of the Mirror


A mirror can ruin everything your selfie stands for.  Mirrors are commonly used for selfies, especially for when a person wants to show his/her full body and not just the face. However, the setting, angles and the photos should be revised and doubled checked multiple times before sharing. You’ve probably seen plenty of selfies where there is a glare from the flash, or where you can see too much (like someone’s dirty bathroom in the background!) There are also some photos disguised as selfies that portray the person like he/she is sleeping, while the mirror reveals the person taking photos of him/herself in an awkward position.



4. No one knows if you used Photo Apps, so use them.


We are just kidding. There will be quite a few people who can tell if you used the photo app to tweak your selfie. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it. In the end, it is about you having the picture you want. Using retouching features has little to do with self-consciousness or confidence level; if you like it, that is all that matters.


# Recommended App: PicsArt


# Why? Because it supports the S Pen! Using the S Pen, you can edit your photos more in detail and detail is what separates good selfies from great selfies.



5. Be Cautious when Experimenting with your Facial Expressions


Be Cautious when Experimenting with your Facial Expressions


Assuming you take selfies to share, making weird faces is just weird. You already have a beautiful face, why ruin it by making it look like a dehydrated oyster? For example, by internet consensus, there are very few people who actually like seeing duck faces. Unless you are targeting specific audiences, we do not recommend goofy faces. Maybe you are a fan of slapstick comedy and want to portray your passion through your selfie, but making people laugh is a hard thing. There is a reason that being a comedian is a profession. Simply, it contains high risk. So the next time you feel the urge to make a weird face, think about all the people who won’t pay attention to it.


# Recommended Device: Samsung Galaxy K zoom


# Why? Ok, it is a camera specialized smartphone, not a camera. However, it does have ‘Pro Suggest’ mode which offers 5 optimized filter settings, ‘Selfie Alarm’ that allows you to take timed selfies with ease, and object tracking for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject.



6. Know your Camera


We are not saying this because this is a blog dedicated to Samsung, but Samsung smartphones really do offer many great features for selfies. For example, Galaxy Note 3 has a ‘Beauty Face’ feature. While this feature doesn’t really make a donkey into a unicorn (no offense to donkeys), it does automatically soften the face, so you look younger and wiser simultaneously. Take some time to find out more about your camera, there will be lot of helpful features to make you look the way you want.


# Recommended Device: Samsung NX30 Camera


# Why? Check it out yourself



We weren’t joking when we said that we love selfies. If you’re not satisfied with some of the tips we have here, we still have more. Check it out:

[Infographic] Some Tips on How to take a good Selfie, or… a ‘Wefie’

[Infographic] To Take a Good Selfie with a Smartphone Camera, You Will Need This.

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