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10 Insightful Tips To Click A Good Selfie

10 Insightful Tips To Click A Good Selfie

Gone are the days when you needed a friend to click a picture of you. “Selfie” is a self-portrait clicked by the self. Isn’t that amazing? You don’t need to request strangers to take a picture of you or your family any longer. All you need is a good smart phone with a decent resolution camera. Selfie is an informal picture clicked by holding your smart phone or digital camera at arm’s length. You can immediately upload these pictures and share it on social media with your friends. So, is clicking a good selfie really that easy? Clicking a good selfie of fine clarity is an art. Here are 10 insightful tips that will help you click a great selfie.

Face the light

One of the most important factors to click a great photograph is light. Perfect lighting renders a great picture. While clicking a selfie, stand facing the light to get a bright photo with no shadows. It is a good idea to take advantage of the natural lighting. The image quality improves when the light source hits the object that is being photographed. In case of a selfie, the object is you. Hence, ensure to face the light when you click a selfie

Silhouette effect

Would you like to get a silhouette of yourself? Standing against the source of light can help you achieve the silhouette effect easily. Selfie is an informal photo and hence you don’t have to really worry about clicking a self-portrait with your facial features clearly etched. Trying out the silhouette effect on a holiday could turn out to be the perfect selfie that your friends will rave about on social media.

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Crop out the unnecessary

Even though smart phones have excellent front facing cameras, you might still capture a few unnecessary aspects in your selfie. Crop out the strangers in the background, photo-taking arm and other interferences from your selfie. Your friends will never be able to tell that it is a self captured pictured once you have cropped them out.

Express yourself

The whole idea of a selfie is to let your friends know how you are feeling while you are on a holiday or in a party. Selfie is lifeless when you click one with a straight face.  Selfies taken standing, sitting or lying down are quite normal.  Try something different to make your selfie stand out. Be natural; express your mood to click a great selfie. Pouting lips, seductive looks and raised eyebrows are interesting ways to pose while you click a selfie.

Click from a distance

Stretch your arm as far as you can to get a good selfie. You can take a better selfie when the camera is farther away from the body as most cameras can’t focus really close. You will be able to avoid stretched face and squeeze in more people by extending your arm a little further. People even use a selfie stick known as Monopod that holds the digital camera at a distance to click better selfies.

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Close ups

Close ups make a good selfie too. If you are in the mood to fool around then, click a close up of yourself and post it on Facebook.  A funny face up close will tell your friends about the crazy night you are having outside. Freak your friends with a picture of popping eyes or revealing teeth. Bring your camera up close to your face, position accurately and click a mischievous close up selfie.

Click fast

Timing is really important to capture the right moments while you click a selfie. You need to quickly snap a selfie by positioning your finger on the capture button.  If you don’t get it right then, you might fail to capture the face completely.

Look at the lens

Most people stare at the screen while clicking a selfie. It clearly gives away that you have clicked it all by yourself. Look at the lens of the camera when you a click selfie. By looking straight into the camera, you will be clicking a good selfie.

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Check the angle

Holding your camera in the right position makes a lot of difference in the outcome of the picture. It is always better to tilt your phone at an angle and then click the picture to get a good selfie. The lens of the camera is rounded and hence holding the camera straight at you might make the selfie appear stretched.

Use filters

Smart phones have built-in photo editing apps. Use filtering options provided by these apps to enhance the quality of your selfie. You can add subtle imaging effects to the picture by using these editing tools. You will be able to fine tune the temperature, contrast and exposure using these filters.

 

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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