Selfie Tips & Tricks
For some ideas on picking out or taking a photo ideal for getting the most out of your portrait commission, check out these simple tips of what to look for and avoid!
1. Avoid backlighting
2. Avoid uneven lighting and facial obstructions
3. Avoid warm light/ indoor bulbs
Typically, it is better to stay away from the warmly lit and complicated light settings that are common indoors. By photographing yourself near a window with natural light, outdoors, or with a neutral light source, you can ensure a more proper color balance that helps give dimension and prevent "flat" color. We can experiment with different color palettes beyond here.
Shooting a Selfie?
If you are taking a new photo of yourself for a reference, here are some other tips of things you can look for.
You DO NOT need a fancy camera or studio setup! This can be done with your cellphone camera and a flashlight. Try out some of these options:
Try to avoid "flat light" if possible. While this is a nice photo, it won't translate as well into a painting.
Avoid using a direct flash.
Don't use a ring light (unless used to light from above)
Adding shadow helps create form
Look for the Triangle!