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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.
How to achieve a broad light shot…
One of the best ways to make your selfies attractive is to experiment with lighting, different angles, and positions. The photo above is by @rrebelliouss , the background is slightly illuminated, but the main source of lighting is to the top left. Having the light slightly above usually has the effect of eliminating unflattering shadows. Turning your head about 30 degrees away will focus the light on the broadside of your face, hence the term broad light. This creates a slight shadow on the far side of your face, and under the chin.
I recommend experimenting with this and see the results you get. Also, bring your ears/chin slightly forward can help give you a more defining jawline. The result is typically a more dramatic look. I am a huge fan of smiling because I believe it’s contagious and it puts the viewer in a positive mood. but in this case, she went for a more subtle expression which created an adorable look.
If you are looking for ways to have fun with your selfies, you have a few options to experiment, particularly different styles of lighting and angles.
Split light portraits are photos where light primarily illuminates one side of your face, where there is a shadow on the other side. Positioning the light source slightly above your face helps to avoid any unflattering shadows.
You can try this If you move the light source almost at a 90-degree angle, eighter right or left to your face, you will get a split light. There, the light will illuminate one side of your face, highlighting it and cast a complete shadow on the other side of your face. This can give more of a dramatic lighting effect. Tilting the camera slightly is great to make your photo unique because it makes it stand out from other photos. It seems like It draws your attention to it if you’re just glancing by.
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