A lot of us like to keep our Instagram and other social media accounts updated. But now with this quarantine and everything, it is difficult to do so.
All we do is sit at home and only get out when it is really necessary. So, no parties, no dates, no outings, no outfit of the day photos no nothing.
It’s a little boring if you ask me. But there is one thing we can do, that is to take photos and selfies in the comfort of our own homes.
This will also give an excuse to get dressed and give ourselves a little pick me up. If you want to know more about how to take photos at home and take good Instagram selfies then this post is for you. Here are some tips that might speed up your game.
- Lighting- Photography without good lighting is a fail. Good lighting doesn’t always mean well-lit. Sometimes dark and dramatic lighting is a good option. But make your lighting intentional. If you want well-lit selfies, take pictures near a window or even go outside. Make sure you don’t go into direct sunlight as the harsh light will create harsh and unwanted shadows under the eyes, nose and will even make you squint. If it is too sunny outside stand in the shade. If you want to take pictures and there is no natural light around, you can turn on your room lights, play around with fairy lights, lamps, flashlights, and so on. When you have fun and open to experimentation, that’s when the creativity comes to life.
- Makeup- While taking Instagram selfies, especially handheld selfies, your face will be the prime focus in the frame. If you are going bare face, which I love, you can add subtle tweaks to improve the way you look. You can properly moisturize your face, groom and comb your eyebrows using a spooley, put on some Chapstick, curl your eyelashes and properly brush or do your hair. Just in case you want to get glammed and play with some makeup, make sure your foundation isn’t cakey, your mascara isn’t clumpy and your eyeshadow is blended. If false eyelash is your thing then make sure your natural eyelashes and falsies blend. Friendly reminder, a lot of people zoom in on selfies. This is also a good time to experiment and try out new looks and styles.
- Selfcare or self-pamper selfies- This quarantine season is a good time to be working on yourself, so you can take a few snaps while doing so. A facemask selfie or bath time selfie is a good idea when done well. Almost all kinds of pictures
- Golden hour- If you have a balcony or a back or front yard, then this will be very easy for you. Nonetheless if you have a west-facing window, you are guaranteed to get good photos with this one. This is the time when the sun is setting and everything looks golden and your skin is going to glow. Make sure to get the right timing where it is late enough that you don’t have to squint and early enough where it’s not too dark. If you are still not getting the desired results, you can increase the saturation on your photo.
- Loungewear selfies- When you’re at home, nobody expects you to be in fancy clothing and jeans always. You will most likely be in comfortable clothing and this is also a good time to take selfies. A hoodie and jogger selfie are a nice lounge outfit to be taking selfies in.
- Angles- The key to taking good pictures and selfies is knowing your good angles and working with them. If you’re not sure what your good angles are, you can practice in the mirror or take test shots. Avoid placing your camera below your chin as this will make your face wider and increase the likeliness of a double chin.
- Mirror selfies- Posing in front of a mirror is one of our favorites for Instagram selfies. It is an easy way to take outfit pictures. Make sure the background isn’t too messy. This is also a good way to take sharp images since the rear camera is usually better than the front-facing camera. When you’re not in the mood to show off your face, this is a good way to take pictures and cover your face with your phone.
- For seated poses, straighten your back and tilt yourself forward, it will make your waist look slimmer.
- If you don’t know what to do with your hands while taking good Instagram selfies, use a prop or touch your hair. I wouldn’t recommend touching your face at a time like this.
- Tilt or raise your chin to eliminate the double chin.
- Use a self-timer for better photos and full body shots.
- Wipe your camera lens before taking any photos.
- Use natural-looking filters, don’t edit your photos too much as this spoils the aesthetic and quality of your selfies.
- Apps like VSCO, Face tune, Snapseed, Afterlight, etc. are simple but effective ways to correct any unwanted elements in your photos.
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