Selfies are super easy to take, right? WRONG. There are skills and logistics involved to taking a great selfie: angles, facial expressions, background setting, people involved; you really need to build up a good selfie game! That’s why we’ve broken down the top 11 ways you can really learn the basics of taking an Instagram-tastic selfie below. So put down that camera and do some mandatory selfie homework before snapping and posting another pic!
1. Buy Kim Kardashian’s new book of selfies, Selfish
This is like a selfie bible. What better place to start learning how to take selfies than to flip through a book full of them by the queen of social media? Remember: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had the most “liked” photo last year, a beautiful photo of the newlywed couple kissing at the flower-filled altar. Buy this book and study every angle, duck face and perfectly executed “smize”. (If you don’t know what a “smize” is, then you have many seasons of America’s Next Top Model to catch up on.)
2. Take a #SelfieClass
Yep, the University of South California is now offering a course called #SelfieClass. Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily an hour long demonstration on camera angles and ideal filters; this is just the fancy new name given to a class which was originally called “Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity.” Womp, womp. Selfies are part of the course outline, though, as professor Mark Marino explains: “When we look at selfies, we’re also looking at the beginning of the 21st century. The cultural moment of the selfies will pass and become something that’s iconic of our age, the same way that photographic self-portraits of painting self-portraits or religious journals were the selfies of their moment.” Let’s hope that, in a few years, Kim K’s Selfish will become a mandatory textbook for this course.
3. Buy this book instead
Selfie literature is real and it’s available on Amazon.
4. Or this one
How academic-looking! We’ve already built an entire reading list for that #SelfieClass!
5. Can we interest you in a selfie kit?
Sure, you don’t need these things to create a selfie, but things are always more fun with props! Plus, this kit comes with a “How-To” book!
6. There are also these essentials
Jimmy Fallon recently helped actor James Marsden post his first Instagram pic where they took a selfie while holding breakfast foods and standing in front of a fake sunset. So, whenever possible, make sure to incorporate those two things in your selfies to ensure a successful final product.
7. Watch this informative tutorial
While Michelle Phan is best known for her YouTube videos, she can also take a great selfie. If you’re too lazy to buy a book or enroll in a class, just watch this detailed tutorial that breaks down everything from lighting to angles!
8. Or watch Rihanna’s quick lesson
Less informative and more yelling, but still essential to our selfie guide!
9. Kim Kardashian taught Jimmy Kimmel how to take a selfie
Another way to save money on that Selfie book. Consider this a coles notes version of Kim’s book.
10. Listen to this song for inspiration
Remember this song? Remember The Chainsmokers? Actually, on second thought, don’t play this song. Instead, just play a song that will put you in the selfie-taking mood. Let’s forget this song ever happened, please…
11. Or just watch the most retweeted selfie of all time
There are regular selfies and then there’s history-making selfies. This star-studded Oscars selfie became the most retweeted selfie ever and got closer to breaking the internet than Kim Kardashian ever got. So the lesson here is obvious: the more celebs in your selfie, the more successful it’ll be. So what are you waiting for? Run out and find some celebs to snap a picture with you! That’s easy, right? (Idea: Come to the MMVAs on June 21 and take selfies with all the stars walking the red carpet!)