Friday, January 18, 2013

How to take a Cell Phone Self Portrait

So I don't usually post tutorials but this has been bugging me for a while.
When you are taking a picture of yourself in the mirror I really don't want to see your camera, so I thought I would post how to take a self portrait.

The goal is to see you not your camera.


This is similar to what people post on Facebook or Instagram all too often. I don't care what kind of phone or cover you have, sorry.

By turning your phone around and looking at the lens instead of the picture you will be taking you change the dynamic of the shot completely.

If you are worried about what the picture will look like you can see a reflection of the picture in the mirror. This also saves the embarrassment of showing off your bathroom counter.

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You end up with a shot of you and that was the goal to begin with.

My son helped illustrate this by taking the pictures of me taking pictures of myself. I took the 2 self portraits using incandescent setting on my Samsung Galaxy Prevail II Boost Mobile phone.  I don't have the newest latest greatest phone but I make it work without showing it to everyone else in photos.

Try this and show yourself off rather than your camera.

p.s. this works well in dressing rooms too!


  1. Hi, Many thanks for a great how to article, you are a star.

  2. I loved this, I'm going to Pin to my shared Pinterest page with my teenager so she can forward to her teenage friends who are usually the biggest offenders!

  3. Love it! I never take a good self portrait! Thanks :)

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