Come on, fess up...you know you do it. We all do it occasionally in the privacy of our own home: the selfie. Those arms length, self-snapped photos are all over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but many don't turn out as flattering as hoped for a variety of reasons. Fashion photographer and host of The Face, Nigel Barker, points out common selfie photo pitfalls and how to solve them for better photos of ourselves...
Nigel Barker's 8 tips for a better selfie photo:
1. Do Get Your Camera into a Good, Steady Position
2. Do Relax, Be Comfortable and Confident
3. Do Imagine Eating Something Delicious
4. Do the ‘Turtle’ to Get Rid of a Double Chin
5. Don’t Hold the Camera Above Your Head
6. Women: Don’t Cross Your Arms
7. Don’t Suck in Your Cheeks and Make a ‘Duck Face’
8. Don’t Pose
You may also want to follow-up and revisit these additional tips
about ditching the habit of saying "cheese" before taking a photo, learning how to smile more naturally the next time you call upon the services of your favorite photographer: yourself.
Barker's two most helpful tips from his interview with ABC News' Juju Chang
“Just imagine for a second a beautiful piece of chocolate in your mouth, just melting over your tongue,” he said. “Now already, you’re smiling with your eyes. There’s the picture.”
Right before you are about to take the photo, Barker suggests looking up at the ceiling for a few seconds because it will stretch the muscles under your chin and suck in that excess skin – just long enough to snap a photo. Then, bring your head down over your shoulder and look at the camera.
“You’ve got to be ready to take that picture because it only lasts about five seconds,” he said.
Watch the full video interview with Nigel Barker here.