I am excited to host my first Selfie Saturday linky. This week’s theme is in conjunction with our new GET FIT Challenge, “OUR DREAM SELF”. The goal is to post a past self-portrait, which will serve as sort of an introduction of participants. For those who are taking part in GET FIT challenge (if you aren’t, it’s a good idea to join), OUR DREAM SELF represents their goal of what they want to look like, and serves as motivation to work hard.
If you’ve ever taken a self-portrait, go ahead and link up with it.
If you’re new to self-portraiture, I encourage you to participate every week, since I’ll be covering various topics of shooting self-portraits. Every week i will be posting tips and/or tutorials based on the next week’s challenge. Following the weekly themes is encouraged but not mandatory. If you feel like taking a different type self-portrait, go with it! As long as it’s of you and taken by you, you can participate and link up.
Here’s the schedule of weekly themes:
Week 1: Our Dream Self
Week 2: Basic Full Body Shot
Week 3: Arm’s Length Selfie
Week 4: Portrait Selfie + Squinty Model Eyes
Week 5: Incorporating an Idea into a Selfie
Week 6: Focus Pocus
Week 7: Me Myself and I: Multiplicity
Week 8: Magic Tricks:
Week 9: Anonymous: Shooting Body Parts
Since this is WEEK 1, I’d like to cover the basics: taking a simple full body shot. Most of you are already aware of these aspects, however, some of you, who are not used to shooting “blind”, might find these obvious but useful.
To make your life easier taking selfies, you will need a tripod and a remote. However, it is quite possible to go without. In fact, my first self-portraits were done using the built in timer and propping the camera on top of a TV.
Now, once you have your tripod, it’s important to position it right. You might be familiar with angles and framing while shooting other people, because you get to see exactly what it looks like, but with self-portraiture it’s a bit trickier, especially if you’re trying to catch a more flattering angle of yourself.
The key is to set up the tripod at the right height, not too high, not too low. That position varies, but it should be somewhere around the height of you stomach. If you set it up too high, you end up looking UP at the camera and all of a sudden you’ll find yourself with short fat legs. If you position the camera too low, your ass will grow double in size. There are times, however, when you might want to raise the tripod or lower it. If you have small hips but want to look taller- go low. If you have a wide butt, go higher.
I realize that my examples relatively look the same, however, if you happen to have a heavier frame, the difference is much more noticeable.
The same goes for your stance. Many of us don’t realize how we hold our bodies, and when we don’t have the viewfinder to correct our pose, we might just make ourselves look a lot weirder or more unattractive than we really are. Tha being said, straighten your back and take your left hand away from your face! ( see I told you we don’t really pay attention to our posture!).
Stand really straight! Now relax your body! That should be your normal flattering full body pose. Don’t push your hips forward like a pregnant lady with weak back and ab muscles, and don’t stick your butt out, unless you’re trying to achieve that specific look ( or want your tush to appear smaller). I know this is a given, but you’ll be surprised at how you stand when there’s no mirror to check yourself in.
Now onto the poses! There are a ton of different poses that you can use to take a full body self-portrait shot. Try being flirty, move your body sideways, do a side glance, criss-cross your legs, hand on the hip….
Just remember, the last thing you should do is take a picture with your legs too far apart ( no more than a few inches). Be mindful of what you’re wearing too. Your goal is to create definition and an attractive body shape. All you need for that is to make your legs look long and lean and to emphasise your waist via poses.
Here are some of your basic cute and flattering poses for a full body shot ( like when taking a picture of your outfit).
1.That’s a basic! But instead of just putting your hands on your hips, criss-cross your legs and push your hip out ( to emphasize the difference between your hips and waist, creating an hour glass figure, visually)
2. A side pose. That one is always great to slim your down. When my hubby was heavy, I’d always instruct him to stand slightly sideways. The hand on the hip adds to the body shape and the crossed leg behind gives your pose a little bit of flirt.
3. Same as before but straight on with the leg crossed in front ( won’t work for all body types)
4. Standard hands on hips with a knee bent to give an illusion of slim legs. This pose is perfect for girls who have sort of a boyish figure since the hands and the bent knee add “volume” to the hips making the waist look smaller.
5. The classic “I’m just hanging here against the wall, minding my own business” pose. Really easy: find a wall, lean back on it, look to the side, stick one knee out, stretch your toes and voila!
6.The “come hither” pose. It’s a mix of #3 and #4 with shoulders back and chest out.
7.Use the props. Or in my case the wall. There are plenty of ways you can play with the wall on a full body shot. I didn’t want to get into it, so here’s the most obvious one.
8.My favorite: the “I’m too sexy for my shirt” pose . This one is used a lot in lookbooks and catalogs advertising clothing, as well as bloggers showing their outfits. Pastor’s Girl Ponderings uses variations of this pose a lot and I love her for it.
Hey, try them all out, and figure out the best one for your body type. It’ll be fun to see how it turned out for you and which one became your favorite! Remember, always try to add definition to your body by using contrasting objects/clothes/body parts to make you look more “hourglassy”.
The final thing I’d like to talk about is elongating yourself. When you take photos, try standing on your tip toes. That makes your legs look long and lean. I’m 5’11″, so it’s hard to see it in my photo example, but even with my height lifting myself on tippy-toes visually makes me look leaner than when I’m standing flat on the ground. If you have problems balancing yourself while on tip-toes, wear heels instead, even if they won’t be visible in the picture.
Well, it’s your turn now! Do your full body selfies and link up with your images next Saturday, when I’ll be talking about taking Arm’s length portraits that don’t look like arm’s length self-portraits.
Don’t forget to display the Selfie Saturdays buttons ( code on the sidebar)!
Oh and one last tip before you get started, keep in mind that if you’re shooting in Auto focus mode, the camera will almost always focus on the stretched out hand with the remote, so keep your remote down low and at your face level, so that your face would be the one to be caught in the auto focus. If you’re using the camera’s built-in timer, position an object or a person in the same exact place where you’ll be standing when pressing the button or focusing in manual mode.
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