The Oxford Dictionary defines a selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media,” and it elaborates with the following example: “Occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary.”
Before you fill your phone’s memory with your face, check out our six favorite tips for a strong selfie game.
Selfie rule number one: Try not to get your arms in the shot, even if that means that they are awkwardly placed. Work with angles or use the cropping feature.
Next up: the face. While sunglasses are cool, don’t take every selfie with shades. I’m sure you have pretty eyes, so own it. Be natural: Forget the pout, duckface, or fish gap – just smile like no camera is watching! People are just better looking when they smile, and you’re traveling, so what’s there not to smile about?
Choosing the ideal backdrop is also the key to getting more likes. (And let’s face it, posting an image is kind of always about likes, no matter how much you try to to detach your self-worth from it.) People might get tired of your face, but if you have a kangaroo or the Sydney Opera House to go with it, everyone will be like, “OMG! So cool!” as they proceed to like away.
Snap first, edit later
Few people will admit it, but behind every good selfie are usually quite a few bad pictures that didn’t make the cut: Even the most experienced selfie-taker sometimes has the eyes closed or a dumpster visible in the background. Therefore: Try different angles and snap like it’s your job – then edit, filter, and hashtag later. Just don’t leak your camera roll to anyone and all is good
If you’re not traveling alone, I recommend taking group selfies for a variety of reasons: A) It’s nice to show whom you’re traveling with. B) It shows the other people that you’re not ashamed of their existence. C) You can always use the caption “#squadgoals” while wondering why nobody has come up with a cooler word than group selfie. If you are in a group, make sure the most experienced selfie-taker is in charge. Hopefully, that’s also the person with the longest arm.