How to Take a Good Selfie


Now that the term “selfie” has been added to the dictionary and declared word of the year, it’s clear that internet self-portraits aren’t going anywhere. And while they can become repetitive and obnoxious, selfies are an easy and fun form of self expression. If you’re an Instagrammer-in-training and want to start getting your best selfies out to the world, here are some tips. 

1. Open your phone’s camera app.

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2. Tap the Camera Switch icon to activate your front-facing camera.

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3. Move to a well-lit area. Since front cameras lack a flash, we recommend a bright area, preferably with natural light. 

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4. (Optional) Apply a filter. Filters are an easy way to make your selfies look like they came out of a photo studio. iOS 7 has filters built-in to the bottom right of its camera interface. Alternatively, you can apply filters via the free Instagram app for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows. 

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5. Make your best face. Bonus points for animals or cool things happening in the background.

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6. Share your work by tapping your camera app’s Share button. It’s time to show your face to Facebook, Twitter, or any medium-in between.

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How to Take a Bad Selfie

1. Do this:

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Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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  1. I don't want to tell you Says:

    Can you tell me how to take it if you have a iPad how to take a pic

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