Ok things are going to get a little bit silly for today but in saying that everyone is taking selfies these days so figuring out ways to make your selfie a little more appealing and stand out from the crowd is nearly becoming an essential skill. Making your selfies a little more interesting is not hard at all it just means thinking outside the box and making use of whatever resources you have at the time.
Lately I have been really enjoying going for bush walks and find myself in really cool places and am like “Hey I want a photo of me in this really cool place but I am all by myself and only have this iPhone with me”. I have figured out through a bit of trial and error that it is really not that hard to take good photos of yourself in the middle of no where (or anywhere you happen to be really) with just your phone and I am here today to tell you how you can do it yourself.
There are lots of products you can buy that make this process a hell of a lot easier such as a tripod for your phone or a remote that connects to the camera on your phone. However this guide is for when all you have at your disposal is your phone and is completely free – no need to buy anything to make it work.
1. Download a self timer app to your phone.I use TimerCam which is a free app and I set it to the 30 second count down.
2.Figure out where you want to take your photo.
Look for somewhere that the camera will not be facing into direct sunlight but also not to dark. Ideally you want to position yourself in a spot that is either lower or higher than the place you are going to sit the camera. Setting the camera so it sits higher and looks down on where you will be is the most flattering set up but remember we are working with what we have so don’t worry about it being perfect. If you want to stand up in the photo you need to be further away from the camera, if you want to sit you can be closer.
3. Set your camera up.
You are going to need to lean the camera up against something – that is when a rocky area comes in handy because they have lots of grooves that you can sit the phone in and against the rock. Once you get use to doing this you will figure out lots of places you can sit the phone – in a tree, on a fence paling, against a park bench – seriously anything will do. Ideally you want the camera to be sitting as straight as possible, not leaning against something on an angle to do this it helps to also put something to hold the camera up on the front side. Generally a small rock or stick will do but remember it can’t be to big or it will block the lens.
4. Snap the photo.
This is where it gets a little tricky. With TimerCam you have to press the camera button on the screen to start it. So slightly move the camera so you can press the button – DO NOT put your hand in front of the lens or it will focus on your hand and your photo will be blurry. Make sure the camera is stable and run to get into your position. The TimerCam will beep three times before it takes the photo – stay as still as possible when it starts beeping to limit blur in your photo.
5. Do it again (and possibly again). You are not working in ideal circumstances and it is unlikely that you will nail the first photo. Look at your photo – do you need to move where you are positioned, do you need to move closer or further away or do you move the camera? Try heaps of different things until you get some photos you are happy with – dont take it too seriously, it is meant to be fun!
6. Post it. Share that photo with the world – instagram, facebook and twitter you name it. It is also fun to let people scratch their heads for a little while figuring out how you took the photo.
If you want to follow my selfie trials and tribulations you can follow me at thegirlhassparke.