It won’t come as a surprise to our veteran Tappers, but over here at Crowdtap HQ, we see a lot of selfies. A lot of them. Sometimes we’ll ask you to pose with a product, and other times we just want to see you in your natural environment. It may sound cheesy, but we and the brands we work with love seeing the faces and personalities behind the Sample Mission reports, Discussions, and Polls!
Luckily, you all really raised the bar this week and let your personalities shine through in the Tutorial Mission over on the Crowdtap Crowd. We loved seeing ALL of your selfies and picked out some of the ones we thought really took our tutorial to heart. So next time you snap a selfie with your latest sample, take a cue from our tutorial and some of the winning submissions below, and make sure it’s picture-perfect!
RULE 1: Lighting is key
Photo by: Lindsey M
The really cool thing about Lindsey’s photo is that even though she used a black and white filter, you can tell that lighting was on point. *snaps* Just like in black and white film photography, lighting is key to maintain contrast and balance when you use a filter like this. Good lighting will ensure that your darks don’t turn too dark and obscure the photo completely. Conversely, it’ll also make sure that nothing looks too washed out and overexposed.
Photo by: Jessica M
Check out that gorgeous natural lighting in Jessica’s photo! She pretty much nailed it in her text response: “Lighting is key! You can look completely different when there is poor light as opposed to being in good light. Natural light works best.” That sunny glow makes her skin look absolutely flawless and brings out the sparkle in her eyes.
RULE 2: Check your composition
Photo by: Stephanie S
Stephanie worked her surroundings by making sure that her photo captured the natural scenery of her hike AND her two workout buddies. We love how each person is staggered out so we can see them all clearly and the photo isn’t just a close-up shot of the 3 friends (Rule of Thirds FTW!). It definitely helps that the camera was angled from above so that beautiful natural lighting casts a nice glow over the entire photo.
Photo by: Ryan K
“I think it is important to note that while it may be a ‘selfie’ I’m not the only thing in the shot that matters!
We agree 100%, Ryan! Like Stephanie’s photo earlier, Ryan takes his photo from a higher angle to capture the lush greenery in the background, his friend, and even manages to get that bright sunflower in the photo. We think the flower adds the perfect pop of color to the frame that makes this different from just a plain old selfie.
RULE 3: Work your angles
Photo by: Bre H
*Click click click* Bre turned her selfie collage into a photoshoot and we’re loving every shot. We’re getting a huge, gorgeous smile AND a serious gaze (but with some serious Tyra Banks-level “smizing”) all in photo. One of things that helps all of these photos is the angle. Number one rule: never take a photo from below your chin. Bre took her photos from above so there’s no risk of extra chin rolls. This way, she has more control over how she can angle her face to show off her best side(s).
RULE 4: Put thought into your choice of lens
Photo by: Nicole J
Work it, Nicole! She chose the front lens of her phone to really zoom in on her face. We can’t see much of the background, but that’s okay, because the focal point here is the warm sunlight cast on Nicole’s amazing skin and hair (I mean, seriously, those beachy waves are so cute!). Remember, the front lens definitely makes for an easier selfie experience since you can see the shot as you take it, but it can come out grainy unless you’re in a well-lit environment.
RULE 5: Let your personality shine through
Photo by: Danielle G
Doesn’t Danielle seems like a fun girl to hang out with (Danielle, will you be our friend?)? She’s not afraid to be silly, and does it really well in a flattering selfie.The camera is positioned slightly above eye level and the warm, autumnal tones in her photo just work. Say what you want about duck lips, but they definitely accentuate Danielle’s cheekbones and show off her unabashed personality. *hugs*
Photo by: David M
“[…] Let your personality shine through in all your photos because it would show the true you, and you should always just be yourself.
Here’s David, sharing some true words of wisdom with the Crowdtap team. This is advice that we wanted to leave you with as you come to the end of today’s Thumbs Up Thursday, because while you can follow all of four essential rules above to a tee, the one thing that will make your selfies (and any photo that you take) stand out is the character and tone that it conveys. Quirky? Cute? Glamorous? Keep doing you, Tappers- that’s what makes our community great!
Congratulations to our winners, and keep your eyes peeled for YOUR chance to win in an upcoming Tutorial Tuesday mission and be featured next week!