Basic ideas:

1. Look for faces in abstract shapes

2. Shoot from a low angle, shoot with a flash, and have your subject’s hand cover their face

3. Off-center composition

4. Selfie with flash

5. Minus-exposure compensation at sunset

6. Repeating words

7. Selfie through distorted surfaces

8. Point at stuff in your picture

Use your own hand:

9. Bottom-heavy composition

10. Photograph your everyday life

Photograph funny things– like your ghetto standing desk:

11. Selfie inside geometric shapes

Like my hexagonal mirror:

12. Details

Don’t show everything; just a small detail like a kiss in a mirror:

13. Put your selfie in the picture

I put Cindy’s eye on top of one of the kisses in the mirror, and myself in the picture:

14. Use a flash

Shot with RICOH GR II with flash, in P mode:

I am still amazed– the best part of shooting with a ‘standalone’ digital camera is the use of the flash — a stronger integrated flash (like on RICOH GR II) or an external flash. Something that smartphones are not (yet) that great at:

15. Hands and arms in different directions


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