Understanding how lighting affects your selfies is important. This is one of the common pitfall areas that ruin them. As you begin to manipulate the lighting in a given setting to your benefit, you will see improvements in your selfies. If you have been frustrated with them to this point, this chapter can be what it takes to turn it all around for you!
Poor lighting can ruin your selfies if you aren’t careful. Finding the balance between enough lighting and too much lighting is also important to look at. When possible, rely on natural lighting. When you have light from the sun outdoors or even shining through a window it is going to give your selfies a gentle glow. It can help to brighten features and make your hair glossy.
Artificial lighting can be very harsh. It can make you look washed out and remove color from your face. It can also ruin the natural colors of your background. If the artificial lighting is too bright, you could end up with bright areas of your selfie that are in place of where part of your body or background should have shown up. Not enough lighting can make your selfies too dark.
Lighting will help to reduce the risk of your face being covered with shadows. These shadows can prevent your features from looking nice in your selfies too. For example, you may think your nose is large. When there are shadows around it, then it looks even twice as large in your selfies.
Make sure that the lighting isn’t going to create a glare in your selfies though. It can be frustrating if you have light spots or sun spots in your photos. You don’t want your face to be blocked out by a silverish color due to too much lighting.
When you use natural lighting, it should be in front of you, not behind you. This is a very common mistake for taking selfies. When it is behind you, it will actually increase problems such as sun spots or shadows rather than eliminating them. With it being in front of you, it adds natural benefits to your selfie.
If you feel like there is too much lighting by a window, step away from it to reduce the amount that ends up in your exposed images. You can also turn sideways to get half the amount of lighting. Try different things and see what the results turn out to be. For example, partially opening curtains rather than them being completely open or completely closed.
The high to low effect can also influence how lighting works to create lovely selfies as well. For example, your hair is going to look lovely when there is natural light that touches the top of the head. This can prevent your hair from looking flat and dull in selfies.
Natural light can provide some additional coloration for the check bones too. This can help prevent looking washed out in your photos. It can also balance skin that is shiny so that it looks very good in the selfies rather than you deleting them because of the shine.
There are apps that help you to be able to tweak lighting too for your selfies. It won’t always be possible for you to be able to control the lighting in all scenarios. For example, it may be pitch dark outside but you want a photo of you doing something out there.
In a future chapter, we will cover more about apps. You can use them for a variety of adjustments to your selfies. Don’t delete a decent photo though just because it is too light or too dark. You can make some adjustments and see if the photo is more to your liking before you make such a decision.