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How to take a selfie that actually looks good

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How to take a selfie that actually looks good
Ah, selfies! The mania to photograph yourself with the not-so-good front-facing camera of your smartphone, usually in the confines of a place as picturesque as your bathroom, wearing a duckface... The regression of humanity (someone would surely say in disgust)! With such a glorious introduction, you might not be feeling particularly tempted to join the selfie craze, are you?

Well, in this article, we’ll share with you a very simple trick that we think can deliver a deadly blow to the low reputation of selfies, and actually make shots you take of yourself on the front camera of a smartphone look good.

How to take a selfie that actually looks good
The easiest way to take a good selfie is to simply download the latest Google Camera application and select the Lens Blur option when you photograph yourself with the front camera. Chances are you’ve already heard about Lens Blur - a feature that adds a bokeh-like blurred background effect to images, but did you know that it also works with the front camera of a phone?

This makes it a perfect fit for selfies. Yes, it could take the fun from examining the random garbage people tend to forget often gets in the frame, but it surely makes a difference, if what you want to focus on is actually a photograph of yourself. We’ll even start off by showing you one we did ourselves, see the difference between a selfie with and without Lens Blur right below.


*Disclaimer - this works best when it's just you in the frame. If you want to make a selfie with a friend (or more people), you'd have to go back to the old merry way of taking a shot with the front camera.

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posted on 02 May 2014, 09:38 36

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


With lens blur:
In the background the person seems to be doing some work.

Without lens blur:
He's actually browsing facebook lol.

posted on 03 May 2014, 02:40 2

11. amirxd (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)


One of the best comments I've ever read in PA! lol xD

posted on 03 May 2014, 05:39 1

13. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I actually Log in to give you a 'Thumb Up', during my really lazy Saturday!

posted on 03 May 2014, 05:40 1

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


lol I'm so surprised how many likes I got :)

posted on 05 May 2014, 01:34

15. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


What a vision! Can you see the future of the world?

posted on 02 May 2014, 09:47

2. LikeMyself (Posts: 267; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Well that's actually a very good front camera. May I know the device please? Is it the 5MP front camera of the HTC M8?

posted on 02 May 2014, 14:17

10. LikeMyself (Posts: 267; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Downloaded the camera app from XDA for my KitKat device and did the Lens Blur for a selfie! It really improves the image quality or makes the impression of!
You guys ROCK!!! Thanks for the tip! Finally I'll no longer be ashamed of selfies!
Its download was worthy!

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:19

3. AJagtiani (limited) (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


What's Obama doing? Doesn't he have to get back home?

posted on 03 May 2014, 03:01

12. andynaija (Posts: 457; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


http://goo.gl/beyZ2b

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:54

4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Looks worse with the blur effect!!

Look at the difference in colors between the two pics. Without lens blur looks a lot better.

posted on 02 May 2014, 12:17

5. SubtleOne (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


It is true, the colors of the non-lens blur are better, but that is not a problem of the function, but rather doing color 'fixing' on a non-color calibrated screen, hence the distinct green tinge in the lens-blurred image.

posted on 02 May 2014, 12:18

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1059; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I love this camera app. Made some great looking sefies using my Nexus 4.
Sometimes the background gets spots that aren't blurred out, so yeah, it sucks then. But overall the feature is great.

posted on 02 May 2014, 12:24

7. av911 (Posts: 134; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


What's the big deal with "selfies"? What's the appeal? And no one cares about your narcissism.

posted on 02 May 2014, 12:25 4

8. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


We don't care about your opinion either

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:17

9. av911 (Posts: 134; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Good to know, my life is at ease now.

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