When you think of “camera phone self photos” or self photos in general, one thing often comes to mind: “MySpace/Facebook picture!” It can be tricky to get a good shot, but getting creative with lighting and trying multiple angles can help self photos to be truly flattering.
Often these photos are posted on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, or blogs, but they can also be handy for just capturing a moment when there’s nobody else around to take the picture. You might be hiking with a friend, traveling on your own, or snapping an unexpected self-portrait with a famous actor you just happened to run into. Whatever the case, camera phones can make it easy to create memorable self photos.
If you just want to create a decent profile picture to use online, one type of self-portrait that absolutely does not work is a mirror self photo. Nothing could be worse than seeing that awful flash with camera or camera phone in hand and splatters of an unclean mirror showing up in your self-portrait. This method of taking a self photo is probably the least classy way to capture yourself.
One of the better ways is to use a tripod with a self timer. Although not everyone has a tripod, a tall surface usually makes a good replacement. Another option for taking decent self photos is to simply extend your arm out in front of you while holding your camera phone steady. But please, don’t let anyone see your arm stretching out in the photo. The key idea is to not fully give away that you are taking that picture yourself.
Those lucky folks with an iPhone have a very good camera phone to work with. A couple advantages of using an iPhone to take self photos is that taking the picture is easy (just press a button on the main screen to capture the moment) and you can simply add this photo to your “Mobile Uploads” on Facebook or to another website providing albums for pictures. On the downside, it is still a phone, so the image quality probably won’t be as good as a nice camera.
There are both positives and negatives to taking pictures of yourself. Sometimes the method isn’t the best (ahem, mirror pictures) and sometimes people can’t tell who took the picture. On those days that you are looking too good to not take a picture of yourself, please make sure to keep the picture classy. We wouldn’t want to have that picture end up on the web with millions of viewers laughing at your self photo mistakes.