How to take a selfie that actually looks good

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.

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.



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

With lens blur: In the background the person seems to be doing some work. Without lens blur: He's actually browsing facebook lol.

11. amirxd

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

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

13. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

15. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

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

2. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 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?

10. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 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!

3. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

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

12. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Looks worse with the blur effect!! Look at the difference in colors between the two pics. Without lens blur looks a lot better.

5. SubtleOne

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

7. av911 unregistered

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

8. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

We don't care about your opinion either

9. av911 unregistered

Good to know, my life is at ease now.

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