Tips for Powerful Self-Portraits – Pixlr Blog

Unlike selfies, the self-portrait concept tends to bring more professionalism and deeper meaning to the image. Already practiced for centuries (first to record royalty and nobility, where they were slowly standardized for commoners), self-portraits can be used not only for documentation, but also to affirm your personal brand image.

However, taking self-portraits (whether studio professional or self-portraits) can be painfully awkward. You may not know the tips and tricks to make it flawless and convincing – this applies not only during the shooting itself, but also for the post-production editing.

If you have this specific concern, you have come to the right place! Read cool and practical tips on powerful self-portraits below!

Tips and inspiration for self-portraits

1. Get your POSE!

Being the main subject of the self-portrait, the pose you choose matters a lot. As the sole focus of the audience, you’ll need to think of poses that not only grab their attention, but also keep them captivated.

As cliché as it sounds, learn from Vogue photoshoots for cool poses and be unapologetically confident. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile and forego the usual “smile at the camera” trick.

Using your whole body, from your hands, your facial expressions, the placement of your legs, and even interesting angles (such as a bird’s eye or fisheye view) can make all the difference.

2. Prop It Like It’s HOT!

What kind of accessories are suitable? How can accessories help enhance the final product? Easy accessories at home?

Another helpful self-portrait photography trick is to rely on props as well. Think about anything that can help you convey your message to the audience – what accessories can help you achieve this?

Something as simple as using small trinkets or natural elements (like the sky, the sea, the leaves) can do wonders. Think about anything that goes with your aesthetic, your personal brand, or the color scheme of the shoot. You can use them as background objects, arrange them on your face or body, or even hold them as well.

3. Experiment with depth of field

: How to control the depth of field? Types of cameras used, an easy alternative? How to for beginners?

By mastering the depth of field, you can essentially take macro shots of your face. It comes with a blurred background, helping the details of yourself to be captured and presented to the audience beautifully.

This trick is especially useful if you want to emphasize visual elements on your face, whether it’s elaborate makeup, shadows or accessories. For starters, you can use the portrait mode of your smartphone cameras to achieve this look.

For DSLR owners, try using a wide aperture and play around with the setting to familiarize yourself with using depth of field.

4. light this up

Lighting plays an essential role in photography, this of course also applies to self-portraits. This can determine the final product, and while you can also rely on your photo editing skills to some degree, it’s important to pay attention to the lighting on the day of the shoot.

While using sunlight or golden hour can be great, consider the many types of artificial lighting you can use to achieve your dream look. From the LED light string, the viral sunset lamp, black and white, or even the neon lights, you can mix and match them as you like.

As different lighting creates different color schemes, there would be many unique results you can achieve if you choose to experiment with it.

5. To show creativity

Ultimately, you can also get creative after shooting. Browse creative editing ideas and really dive into photo editing. There are many different styles you can apply to your self portrait.

For example, you can try surrealism, where you combine many “unusual” elements and incorporate them into your self-portrait (see above). You can also experiment with collages and graphics and transform your self-portrait to become more illustrative.

Applying cool effects, like glitch (for nostalgia) or bokeh (for soft focus), isn’t a bad idea either.

How to edit a portrait photograph using Pixlr

Get surreal with Pixlr E

Luckily, you can apply an unlimited amount of cool effects to your selfies with just one click with Pixlr E. Some of these cool effects that can up your editing game include:

This smart editing tool helps you get that soft, blurry focus on your image. It comes with lots of features and modes that you can change, also allowing you to add bokeh lights while editing your selfie.

Dramatize your self-portrait with the Disperse effect. This effect allows dynamic movement to be present in your self-portraits and also gives a sense of orientation. Not only can it spice up the image, but it can also add to your narrative.

Automatic editing with Pixlr X

With Pixlr X’s AI-powered tool, you can edit your selfies like a complete professional. Plus, no editing experience is required on your part! The intuitive interface allows you to edit your self-portraits very easily.

Try our infinite choice of creations filters to get that gorgeous look. You can also experiment with the Liquify Tool to modify certain elements of your image, to make it fluid and flexible. Apply graphic elements to further enhance your beauty with Pixlr Elements too.

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