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21 Jun

Find Your Angles for National Selfie Day

The term ‘selfie’ is something we hear a lot of these days; and see a lot of, as every refresh on social comes with a new selfie. So, what is a selfie? Selfies have become increasingly popular over the last decade, especially across our social media platforms. As smartphones and technology developed, so did the selfies and the duck pouts, ultimately building people’s confidence. 
 
I feel that more people have grown in confidence since the selfie era hit us and learning how to take and edit the perfect picture is something we often pride ourselves of. This culture has boosted confidence immensely across the globe, creating online communities to share and support content. 
 
Selfies have well and truly taken the world by storm. So much so, that the word “Selfie” has found itself in the Oxford dictionary.  The word “selfie” entered the dictionary in 2013 as the most used word of the year!

But selfies haven’t always been so popular… 

Once upon a time, taking a selfie was considered a “self-obsessed” act or that you’re being vain if you embrace your looks.  I remember the days where you would be made fun of or accused of “loving yourself” for taking a selfie. Fast forward 15 years and here we are we with a national calendar day dedicated to it. 

National selfie day lands on June 21st and was created by DJ Rick McNeely from Fishbowl Radio Network in Arlington TXBack in June 2014, this was just an ideait became so popular that it is now a national holiday!! How crazy is that? 
 
Taking a selfie has become an everyday occurrence for most, especially when your job requires you to create content for social media and online businesses. Our newsfeeds are flooded with them, whether it’s a mirror selfie or a good old-fashioned front camera selfie, people are getting more creative.  
 
Thanks to the development in tech, we now have access to so many amazing deviceswhich boast the best cameras, fixtures and features to guarantee us that perfect selfie. We now have the ability to take pictures on a professional level, where once upon a time, only a professional photographer could produce such quality. Now we have access to create these professional style pictures all from our own devices. 

So what helps to capture that perfect selfie??

First and foremost, its all in the lighting. Having the perfect lighting creates the perfect picture. Facing natural light is the best light to take the perfect selfie. Standing in front of a window or door with the golden hour light shining towards you creates such an amazing canvas for the perfect selfie. 
There is something about the natural light that just captivates and enhances your face and features like no other.

Ring lights and other light devices are also a winner for the perfect lighting, especially as you begin to experiment with home shooting. You can change the tones and the dimness with these lights, giving you full control of the type of photo you createThis equipment is most used amongst photographers and makeup artists, to create that perfect lighting for that perfect shot, but that’s not to say you can’t learn! Head over to YouTube for thousands of tutorials for home shooting with professional lighting. 

There are also mini ring lights designed specifically for smartphones, which attach to the top of your phone to generate more light and exposure in your pictures. We also have access to numerous apps, which boast selfie editing tools such as skin correctors, lighting change, colour changes and so on, all which allow us to perfect and edit our pictures exactly how we want them.  

We also have a great invention in the form of a selfie stickdesigned to hold your smartphone on the end for a longer reach and a wider photo frameWith this handy little prop, you are able to capture a wider frame with ease, rather than holding up your arm as high as you can and cutting people out.

Then its all about the angles…

Learning how to work the camera (in terms of poses and angles) isn’t easy, it becomes something of a skill. Knowing how to hold your face and pose is also crucial for the perfect selfie. It’s known that everyone has one preferred side of their face, so find out what side yours is and start to work with it! Always hold your camera up a little higher, so its looking down on your face – this way, you can avoid any unflattering angles and will figure out what angles work best for you

Having confidence and loving the camera goes a long way in the world of selfies’Its all about having fun and enjoying yourself when it comes to taking a selfie; not taking yourself too seriously, getting creative, having fun and just rolling with it!!

Be sure to take and share your selfie on June 21st for #NationalSelfieDay; whether it be a solo, or a fire group pic – just get creative and have fun with it.

Don’t forget to hashtag the event #NationalSelfieDay and tag @cohorted in your selfies! So go get that golden light with great exposure and get snapping those perfect selfies!  
Leah Singh
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