Summer is the time to kick back with a good book, take that trip you’ve been dreaming of all winter and to hangout with friends. It’s also the time to document all of your memories-in-the-making on Instagram with fun summer selfies. To help you get the best selfie we’ve put some tips together to make sure you capture the moment perfectly.
1. Find the Best Angle
In order to make sure you look your best, take your selfie from a high angle. Hold your phone a bit higher than your face, and also keep your chin down. Even if your photo is taken on a gorgeous beach or in front of a breathtaking sunset, you will always be the center of attention from this perfect selfie angle.
2. Soak Up the Sun
Use the summer light to your advantage! Nothing beats natural light when it comes to selfies. If you’re taking selfies outside during the day, find your light. Make sure to face away from the sun, and block it with your body so that it doesn’t take over the photo and wash you out. If possible, take your selfies during what photography professionals call “golden hour.” This is the time shortly after sunrise or right before sunset. You are guaranteed to look your best in this warm, soft light!
3. Bring in the Props
If you’re feeling crafty, put together a summer-themed photo booth! All you need is a sheet or a plain wall to serve as a background, and some fun props. Hit up Pinterest for some fun ideas such as tropical fruit cutouts, funky sunglasses, or summery hats. You can keep one hand free for selfies, and even have some friends join in for more fun!
4. Filter Magic
Filters and editing are a great way to enhance an already perfect photo, or turn a so-so picture into a masterpiece. There are tons of free apps out there, such as VSCO and Snapseed, to edit and filter to your heart’s desire. However, don’t overdo it! You want to look like yourself, and for the photo to be more natural-looking. One way to do this is to steer clear of preset filters, and to instead make your own adjustments to a photo. Sometimes, a slight change to exposure or saturation can take your selfie to the next level — without even looking like it was filtered!