The "10 Years Younger" Selfie Trick

June 07, 2016  •  4 Comments

Isn’t it weird that we all want the wisdom, patience, competence, and bigger paychecks that come with age… yet we despise the physical characteristics of aging?

First of all, no one sees your wrinkles but you.

And secondly… babies have wrinkles. Babies. So don’t worry about them so much when you see them on your own face.

That being said, if those sneaky "wisdom lines" are still driving you nuts every time you take a picture of yourself, here’s what to do:

  1. Find a window with indirect light. That means that the sun is on the other side of the building (and not streaming directly onto your face). If it’s a cloudy day, any window will do.
     
  2. Face directly into the window and hold your phone up between the window and your face.
     
  3. Think of something that makes you genuinely smile, look directly into the little lens on your phone, and take the shot.

Take a look at these two quick phone selfies, taken seconds apart with no make-up or filters (eek!).

   


Notice how many more wrinkles you see in the left photo? That side light is bouncing off all of my wisdom, making me look very wise, indeed.

In the second shot, the direct, soft light on my face instead reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections. It also gives that all-important “glint in the eye.”

This works best if you scoot right up to the window. The bigger the light source is compared to your face, the better. In the second photo, my face is 18 inches away from a big sliding glass door on an overcast day.

With photography, light is everything. Well… almost everything. Knowing where to find good natural light will make a huge difference in your shots.

Or, you know, you could book a session with me and I’ll do that part for you. <wink wink>


Comments

Bonnie Caton Photography
Thanks, Brighton. You can say that as much as you want! And yay for Welches! Hope your project went well. :)
Brighton West(non-registered)
Oye! As if you need to look younger! You're just a baby.

BYW, I thought of you yesterday - I was in Welches shooting a video and drove by your childhood home. OK, I probably drove by your house seeing as there's like one street in Welches.
Bonnie Caton Photography
Hah - Laurie! You'll always be young.
Laurie(non-registered)
Cool beans! But why don't I feel 10 years younger? Oh wait, it's the white hair. Surfer blonde?
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