Taking the perfect self-shot.

Amy and Julianna tease me about how many self-shots I take — first for my Ravelry page, but now for the blog. When you knit a lot of hats, it is a must.

Here are my tips for taking a great self-shot.

1. TURN OFF YOUR FLASH!!! I cannot stress this enough. Flashes are evil. They will almost always ruin a great picture.

This picture taken with a flash looks unnatural and shiny. Your face will also look shiny and unnatural.

2. Turn on your Macro Focus (it is usually a symbol of a flower). This was actually a Julianna suggestion. It just gives a clearer and sharper imagine.

Macro focus. Amazing!

3. Use natural light – if possible. If not, find a well lit place. I take most of my photos in my bathroom. The light in there is great.

Natural light -- real colours.

4. Be aware of what is in the background of the shot. Is there something there that you don’t want the whole internet to see? Move it. No one needs to see your dirty laundry, or an embarrassing poster.

5. Do you have a blemish that will make you insane every time you look at it? Cover it up. I know that I focus on the super small details of my photos all the time. If I have dark circles, or a pimple, it is the only thing that I see when I post the picture.

6. Do you have a feature that you don’t love about yourself? Try to use it to your advantage. I hate my double-chin. I stretch out my neck and and jut out my chin — this usually helps with the double-chin and also helps when trying to take photos of scarves.

NECK STRETCH!

7. Use a mirror to your advantage. I use the mirror in my bathroom to reflect the display from the camera. Then I can see how I look, and what the picture is going to look like.

8. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES! I take about 25 to 30 pics just to get one good shot. This is what is great about digital photography — if you hate the photo, you can erase it.

9. Don’t be afraid to try different faces. I know that most of mine, I stare straight at the camera. I like how my face looks straight on. I don’t love my profile, so I don’t tend to take a lot of photos of it. I will also try the myspace face — staring off to the side of the shot. This works well for hats.

This one didn't make the cut!

10. Don’t judge yourself too harshly! No one else is. And you look beautiful!

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About emilymatiszdesigns

Knitter. Designer. Custom order fiend.
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2 Responses to Taking the perfect self-shot.

  1. Julianna says:

    Hahaha! Awesome 🙂 I am so glad you posted this. Now, I’m off to practice my self-shots…

  2. Pingback: Heeding Emily’s advice….. | Knitters Rumble!

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