A selfie doesn’t always have to be about you; let the destination have some me-time, too. David Wells, an International Center of Photography faculty member who leads photography workshops, offers tips on elevating the selfie to a higher form of travel photography.
• Use a point-and-shoot camera for greater control. The latest models, such as the Olympic Stylus Tough, have fold-out screens, so that you can shoot at different angles.
• Don’t leave empty white space. Adjust the camera so that your image takes up one-half or one-third of the frame. Fill in the remaining space with other people or attractions.
• Make sure that all subjects (say, you and the Taj Mahal), as well as the background, are bathed in equally good light. If you’re not well lit, use a flash. Lower the flash strength to avoid the deer-in-headlights look.
• Keep your chin up. Resist the urge to lower it coquettishly, and don’t make the dreaded “duck face.” In addition, with a raised face, you won’t look like a zombie. No “nasty shadows in the eyesockets,” Wells said.
• And accessorize: Use an extender for your camera or smartphone. With the extra length, you gain more range and flexibility to compose images and experiment with angles. (One of the newest poles on the market: Extend-n-Click, which doubles the arm’s reach.)