The “Art” of the Selfie

Not to seem like a self-obsessed ego-monster or anything, but I started taking “selfies” in the last couple of weeks. I had the same realization that I had about myself back in art school when I was studying the figure: I work cheap and I’m always available on my own schedule!

so hard to get a good angle that makes you look contemplative rather than just distracted when you do these look-away shots

so hard to get a good angle that makes you look contemplative rather than just distracted when you do these look-away shots

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Honestly, I used the smudge tool in Photoshop along my jawline to clean-up all my Scandinavian-heritage fuzzies as well as at he corners of my eyes. Lightened the whole photo in the curves menu so it didn’t look like I was a troll hunkering under a bridge in the shadows (at least I hope I don’t look like a troll…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I noticed that the couple of photos that I had on my Etsy site with photos of a face got more views- I think people are just naturally drawn in to looking at faces. So, I decided to very literally “get over myself” and my embarrassment (I actually hate being photographed and tend to dodge them at social functions) and try to figure out how to take a descent “selfie.”
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Here is what I learned:  #1.the angle at which you are shooting yourself is the most important thing.  Hold the camera too high, you get a shot down your shirt.  Hold the camera too low- the worst- and angle that only my ENT Dr should ever see!  Right up the nose!  I was trying to make my shots look not obviously done by myself, so I was trying really hard to position my arms and shoulders so that they didn’t have that  curved-in look that selfie-takers get.  #2. I love Photoshop.