Let me take a selfie. But first, let me figure out my glasses.
In the 6th grade, I sat behind a girl named Rebecca with perfect handwriting. Each time she brought out her planner to write down homework or her notebook to record notes, I followed suit by looking over her shoulder. While her writing was pretty to look at it, that wasn’t the only reason. I couldn’t read the board. Or the projector. Or even tell if my teacher was wearing earrings that day.
After a school-sanctioned eye test determined that I needed glasses, I was elated. I had always wanted glasses and was secretly jealous of all my friends who had them. On the drive home after picking up my brand new first pair, I casually asked my mom, “Do the leaves on the trees always look this clear?” As the only one in my immediate family who lacks the perfect vision gene, it was like discovering a new world of lenses and frames and eye exams, oh my!
While I’ve graduated to wearing contacts daily, I still sport my glasses on the occasional ‘I slept in my contacts for three nights and now my eyes hate me’ days or when I want to match my outward appearance to my inner nerd.
So back to selfies. How can you take the perfect selfie with glasses? Check out the tips from FramesDirect.com in this super cool #GLASSESLOVIN infographic:
According to the research above, a recent survey calculated that the average Millennial may take up to 25,700 selfies during their lifetime.
Further, a survey of 1,000 Millennials concluded that the average young person takes 9 selfies per week while spending 7 minutes on each.
That’s more than an hour each week perfecting the duck face, the smolder or my personal favorite #Iwokeuplikethis.
Millennials aren’t the only culprits. Research has found that 24% of the Gen X population and 9% of Baby Boomers share their selfies on social media too. I’m looking at you, Mom…
With serious selfie overload, it’s become practically necessary to be an expert. Here’s the quick and dirty tips:
Selfie Pro Tips:
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is an essential and one of the most common photography techniques. Applied to a person or object, it instantly improves the composition and balance of the image. Take your selfie with your eyes situated 1/3 down from the top and off to one side of the frame.
Depth of Field
Depth of field is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in sharp focus on a photograph. Basically, it’s the cool feature where the subject is sharp and the background is blurry. Focus on your face, not the environment.
Crop and Edit
Eliminate distractions in the background, by cropping the photo to accentuate your face, your best feature!
#GLASSESELFIE Pro Tips:
Find the Light
If any of you have watched even one episode of America’s Next Top Model, you won’t be able to forget Tyra Bank’s constant coaching of ‘finding the light.’
A glasses wearer’s worst enemy is glare. Master the glare and maximize the light by tilting your head down and away from the light or by using backlighting.
Work Your Angles
Facing the camera straight on or tilting your head so your glasses are lower than the angle of the light will help reduce or eliminate glare.
Try anti-reflective or anti-glare coating on your pair to minimize reflections on the inside and outside of your lenses. Since lenses are close to invisible, coating will help your facial expressions to look natural in all light.
This guest post is written by Danielle M. Baker. Danielle is a manager with Science of People and a certified body language trainer. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or even better, follow her on Instagram and see pictures of her cats.
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