Selfie taking has become a twenty-first century phenomenon. Don’t be left behind with traditional photo taking practices! Learn how to take selfies the right way.
ABOVE: DTU fellow Miana Massey in the African American Selfie Museum’s newest exhibit, “Lifestyle & Influencer Room.”
I write this piece as I listen to classical music because the act of taking a selfie is in fact an art. Some may even go as far to call it a science. It is the nuance between scenery, lighting and the pure bliss of capturing that perfect moment.
Houston is home to the first and only African American Selfie Museum in the nation.
The owners, Alexandra Green Jones and Corey Ivory, have utilized Black culture and the power of social media to catapult what was just a year ago a small local business idea into a national phenomenon. Together, these two have mastered the latest trends and interior design, thus providing museum visitors the most quintessential atmosphere for influencer grade selfies and photoshoots.
Alex states, “It’s all about getting that perfect picture. When you think about the Kardashians, that’s the whole point. They do all of their stuff on their phones. They’re the queens of it. At the end of the day, they do that for the gram. Their business is social media.”
So whether you consider yourself to be an Instagram influencer or just a typical Houstonian, the African American Selfie Museum has got you covered.
There’s so much more to taking a great photo than what meets the eye. Yes, we define a selfie as “a picture that an individual has taken of oneself,” but have you ever thought of the grueling process that goes into producing such a masterpiece? Alex Green Jones encourages visitors to simply, “grab a light, stand over in a corner, and make it look like you done had a whole photoshoot”. Co-owner Corey Ivory adds, “a lot of our guests come with their own lighting, selfie sticks, we’ve seen it all. We don’t discourage any of that; we welcome it.”
Research has shown, age demographics play a huge role in the procedure, style and the overall outcome of a selfie. This three-part series entitled “The Art of the Selfie” will walk you through each phase, pre-production, production, and post-production of taking a great selfie. All the way from finding your lighting, to finally publishing to your social media feed. No longer will you be stuck with amateur quality and piss-poor graphics. We’re already half-way through 2019, time to start rebranding and building consistent social presence!
I’ve compiled a list of 3 selfie pre-production must-dos to ensure you are setting the scene for selfie success.
LIGHTING, LIGHTING LIGHTING
It is key to create the perfect lighting in order to accentuate your assets. Natural lighting from a window oftentimes works best because it creates a golden tone on your skin (pro tip: utilize the golden hour – capture the lighting from the sunset).
SCENERY, SCENERY, SCENERY
Your foreground is just as important as your background. Always be sure to pick something interesting like nature, or a bright pop of color, but nothing too distracting to the eye.
QUALITY, QUALITY, QUALITY
I still have the iPhone 7, but that doesn’t stop me from taking bomb selfies, and it shouldn’t for you either. Here’s a tip to finessing the system, turns out Apple hasn’t greatly changed their camera quality in quite some years. Try going into your camera settings and upping the quality to its highest setting.
So now that you have pre-production down, you’re all set for production! Stay tuned for part two of the three part series in next week’s paper.