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Lighting – A lot of people tend to underestimate the effects of lighting. There are many lighting effects you can use. Split lighting, butterfly, or Rembrandt light. These can add effects to the photo that make them dramatic.
Below is an example of how to achieve split lighting:
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Posing – It’s always a good idea to have something to focus on. Try looking in the direction of your nose. This creates a focused and confident look.
Makeup – A nice tip might be to color coordinate your make up with your outfit and background. This can add a nice subtle touch the make the viewer like the photo without fully understanding why.
If you are looking to experiment with different poses for your selfies, the butterfly light effect might be something you can try out, positioning the lighting source behind the camera, like in the photo below:
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When posing, it’s a good idea to have something for your eyes to focus on so that your eyes are looking in the direction as your nose. Also, having a background the complements your style can add a subtle touch that makes the photo more attractive. Holding the lighting source higher above but not necessarily the camera can help eliminate unflattering photos. You can use a secondary lighting source directly below your chin like a reflector. So long as you are using two lighting sources this will eliminate unwanted shadows.