How to get the ultimate holiday selfie

Winter is here. That means it's time to start snapping some holiday content for your feed. What makes for the perfect selfie? Quite a few tricks, actually! Here are the 7 best tips for taking flawless holiday selfies:

Lighting is key

To capture the perfect selfie, you should avoid artificial lighting at all costs. Natural lighting will help showcase your best features. Instead of snapping a selfie in front of your computer screen, take your selfies facing a window, or better yet, outside.

Angles are everything

Certain angles are universally flattering on almost anyone. For the best angle, you should keep your chin down and hold your phone up so that the bottom meets your eyes. What's more, you should avoid head-on shots, and whatever you do, don't snap a photo from under your chin.

Shadows are a no-no

Shadows cast over you can instantly age you, bringing out your worst features. The best times to snap selfies are at sunrise and sunset. Make sure to face directly into the sun when taking selfies to avoid unflattering shadows.

Use flash selectively

While natural lighting produces the best selfies, if you're snapping photos at night, you should use Snapchat. Why? Because the app has a unique flash feature for the front-facing camera, while the regular iPhone camera does not.

Snap tons of selfies

The secret to capturing the perfect selfie is to take lots of them. Play around with different backgrounds, directions, lighting, and angles until you've found some that are Instagram-worthy.

Make sure your expressions are natural

When it comes to selfies, natural facial expressions are always better. This means no fake smiles or forced expressions. Instead, relax, be yourself, get grounded in the moment, and snap away.

Don't forget about the background

When it comes to backgrounds, you should either choose one that is attention-grabbing and unique, or keep it simple. Anything in between is too 'meh.' For holiday selfies, consider using a Christmas tree, wrapped gifts, natural snow, and colorful holiday lights as backgrounds.

 

Capture the holidays in Insta-style

Snapping the perfect holiday selfie all boils down to finding the best lighting and showing off your most flattering angles. And, of course, don't forget a festive background that screams holiday cheer. Follow these simple tips, and watch your Instagram 'likes' explode.

References

1. "Best Instagram Filter for Selfies According to Actual Science," Huffington Post, September 17, 2015.
2. "How to Take a Good Selfie: 12 Selfie Tips to Consider," Allure, July 13, 2017.
3. "The Best Instagram Filters for Every Beauty Complaint," InStyle, December 31, 2015.
4. "The Most 'Liked' Instagram Filters to Get Your Post the Attention it Deserves, According to Science," Bustle, February 10, 2016.

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