It’s been a case of me, my selfie and Sydney since I’ve arrived in the city. I’ve been sampling sweet treats, taking in sensational views and tweeting from Summer Bay using free data roaming thanks to Three mobile’s Feel At Home. As I’ve been sightseeing on my own I’ve had to try and perfect the art of the selfie – with a little help from some nifty mobile apps.
So these are my top 5 apps for taking or editing selfies along with a little demonstration of what they can do. The original image I am using here was taken on my iPhone 5s in HDR from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. I would also recommend the front cameras on the Google Nexus 5 and HTC One, both of which I also have in my camera phone collection!
This nifty app does exactly what the title suggests – it gets your photo square ready so it fits perfectly on Instagram. Although the iPhone 5s has an option to take a photo in square format I find that often the best selfies are the ones taken in landscape or portrait as you can fit more of the background in. Rather than cropping my Sydney selfie and losing the 2 icons I tried so hard to get in the photo, Squaready lets me resize the image and add a polished looking border.
If you really want to go to town with decorating your selfie then download Piclab and play with their colourful borders. You can also add text, textured or patterned overlays and filters which include the ability to make your selfie a sketch drawing or cartoon!
I love Snapseed for adding drama or a HDR filter to a photo. Although it works better on scenery than selfies I wanted to include it in here just for being one of my favourite photo editing apps. For similar professional looking editing you can use VSCO Cam.
Firstly let me say I am in no way advocating people start photoshopping their own faces! Since discovering Camera360 I shall never trust my Instagram feed again. I include it here to show you what lengths people can go to with editing their selfies – if they so wish. As well as providing flattering filters and shading, Camera360 has a couple of special effects including enlarging eyes and mouths and the ability to contour and slim the face. I’ve found it fairly amusing shrinking and beautifying different parts of my selfie. This is me with a Moe filter and a little work on my eyes and cheeks. What do you think?!
Once you have finished fiddling and filtering your selfies the the most social image site to share them on is, of course, Instagram. Add any relevant hashtags and see what feedback comes in. To find inspiring people to follow check out the ‘Explore’ tab which will display images from different users based on people you already follow.
Personally I prefer to keep it fairly simple. For my Sydney selfie I went with the Amaro filter on Instagram and a bit of easy cropping.
Do you think you will be using any of these apps in future?
Thanks to Three mobile for inspiring the post. Sorry for all the selfies and #holidayspam I have subjected you to over the last few weeks. Sadly this crisis doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon