TUTORIAL: Take Better Pictures with Your iPhone

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SELF PORTRAITS


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Image: Tamara Bowman

Take great self portraits! Your blog readers want to see YOU, and not just what you write/craft/bake, etc. For the best "selfies" (as the kids say), try to avoid mirror shots, as well as taking your self portrait at arms-length. Mirrors can confuse the auto-focus mechanism in the camera phone. It's best to get outside for your self portrait and to get someone to take it for you! If you'd rather take it yourself, or no one else is around, most smartphones have an auto-timer feature so you can set the phone somewhere and get into the frame. Don't choose harsh or dark-lit spaces. Choose a clear and clean background. No clutter or distractions! Solid colored walls, skies, etc. Stay still and take a deep breath before taking your photo. Be confident and remember that you're in control, both as the model and the photographer. Hold the phone slightly above you as a very flattering angle, but try angles from all sides to find your best one. Be yourself!

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