6 techniques for taking better selfies than celebrities

Filipinos are known for contributing 'selfie' records on social networking sites Facebook and Instagram. In March 2014, Time Magazine named Makati City and neighboring Pasig City as the world's selfie capital.

The word ‘selfie’ has become an official word, but what about its verb form ‘to selfify’? Since 2011, the word ‘selfify’ has been heavily, yet discretely used for more efficient sentence structuring. Today, as we publicly declare our love for selfies, Samsung Tomorrow would like to share how to selfify better than celebrities.

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. Currently, it has more than 3.4 million retweets and 2 million favorites on microblogging site Twitter.

OK, that’s a pretty good selfie, but they’re not all as amazing. In fact, Samsung suggests ways 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

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.

Selfie 101: Don’t Under-Estimate the Importance of Angle

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

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.

Selfie 101: Be Aware of the Mirror

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

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. Samsung recommends PicsArt App.

5. 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.

Selfie 101: Be Cautious when Experimenting with your Facial Expressions

6. Know your Camera

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.

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