Here are some of our favorite tips and articles on taking the best selfies, and the best photos in general with your monopod.
- LIGHTING – Get good lighting in front of your face or subject. Avoid bright backgrounds behind you. If not possible, use a flash to brighten your face.
- CONTENT – Focus not just on how you look, but where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with. Make it fun and interesting.
- POSITION – Hold the camera slightly above your face rather than below. Don’t overdo it or your facial proportions will be exaggerated and distorted to show a large forehead and pointed chin.
- PERSPECTIVE – Hold the camera at least two or three feet away from your face to avoid creating a distorted fisheye view of your face.
- STABILITY – Hold the camera or monopod very steadily to avoid blurring caused by shaking or motion. Just before you click the shutter relax your arm and focus on being steady.
- RESOLUTION – Use the camera on the back side of your phone rather than the front side. On most phones that’s the better camera with the higher resolution. So even though you can’t see the photo while taking it, you’ll have a larger, more detailed photo which is better for cropping later.
- SMILE – Did you know that the human face looks more beautiful in a smiling position because it conforms more closely to the golden ratio found in nature!
- REPEAT – Take more than one of each shot, perhaps even three or four, to get the best shot. It’s quick and easy to delete shots you don’t need, and you can’t recreate the moment that is ruined by blinking your eyes or a unexpected photo bomb in your backrground.
- COMPOSITION – Use photo editing apps afterwards to crop for good proportion and composition. Use cropping and composition techniques like the golden ratio for the best composition. We recommend PhiMatrix, because it can be used as a complement to any of your favorite programs, and because we created it!
Here are some other favorite articles with other good tips and details: