Has your Instagram game been lacking? Are you planning on posting a third mirror selfie in a row? There are two ways to go about this: if you are feeling yourself and that selfie is hawt, you go ahead and bless your followers' Instagram feeds. Or, if you want to spice things up, we've assembled plenty of self-portrait ideas that will make your content pop!

Let's first distinguish the difference between self-portrait photography and a selfie. The subject in both photos is you; however, the image is typically taken with the phone's front camera in the latter. In (self) portraits photography, it's more common to use a DSLR camera, yet the smartphone's back camera will do just fine! You would also want to equip a tripod (or stack some books) and utilize the built-in timer.

However, don't get mistaken. Creative portrait photography requires more time and effort than 'classic' mirror pics. Snapping a self-portrait often requires preparation beforehand. Depending on how seriously you approach this, the background, lighting, composition, color scheme, clothing, hair, and makeup can really impact the result. Also, depending on your photography skills, some self-portrait photography ideas might be more difficult to implement than others. Psst, remember that post-processing does wonders, so make sure to play and experiment with editing!

Below, we've compiled an exhaustive list of creative self-portrait ideas that will surely make your photos stand out! Alternating between easy shots and some rather challenging photography tricks, the examples below will inspire you to create some bomb dot com content yourself. Should we do an article on cute selfie ideas? Let us know! Also, if you want even more creative photoshoot ideas, check out our recent article next!

#1

Emphasize Color

Emphasize Color

Light is the most fundamental aspect of photography. Using natural light will never go out of style, yet, try playing with colored LED lights and color gels to add vibrant color to your shots.

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#2

Levitation

 Levitation

In photography, levitation is a simple concept of layer masking in Photoshop. Simply put, a scene is captured on camera without the subject first. Then, several pictures are taken with the subject by suspending the model in the air. Tripod is essential if you want to do it by yourself!

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#3

Include Motion Blur

Include Motion Blur

Motion blur in photography is the deliberate streaking or blurring of a moving object in a picture for aesthetic effect. By blurring the background, for example, you can center the viewer's full attention on the subject, which almost works like adding layers and dimension to the photo.

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Matthews
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s a nice effect, but I think it’s a little overdone in this case. The model’s face is so obscured by the movement that it strikes me more as funny than as artsy

#4

Make Use Of Shadows

Make Use Of Shadows

In photography, shadows can often become one's greatest foe or amplest friend, especially when shooting in direct sunlight. However, there are multiple ways to work around or with shade. Shadows give our imagery depth, shape, and texture, not to mention adding contrast and balance.

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's got very pretty eyes! Not many claim that shade of green. I'd almost think colored contacts but, you can see the other colors in her irises. Usually with colored contacts, the iris is one color unless it's patterned.

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#5

Use Expressions

Use Expressions

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#6

Find Or Build An Interesting Background

Find Or Build An Interesting Background

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TheEndIsNigh🇨🇦and🇬🇧in🇺🇲
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this idea in photography, especially when faux backgrounds are coupled with some sort of costume or accessories that bring everything together. What I don't love is when people handle or damage historical or artistic objects & places just to get it in the background of their "Insta shot." 😠

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Reference Other Creative Works

Reference Other Creative Works

If you have stuck with us for a while, you perhaps have noticed that we love this style of photography and have covered plenty of articles showcasing people's recreations of famous works! Make sure to check them out for more inspiration!

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#8

Use Glitter

Use Glitter

Literal way of adding some sparkle and bedazzle to your portraits!

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Vi
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably don't use unless you're committed to live with it for the rest of your life..

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#9

Use Flowers In The Background

Use Flowers In The Background

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#10

Use Bubbles

Use Bubbles

While yes, you can take photographs of bubbles with a point-and-shoot camera, if you really want to achieve excellent results, you should consider using a DSLR. To ensure that your bubble shots are sharp, we recommend using a small aperture between f/11 and f/16.

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#11

Make A Faceless Portrait

Make A Faceless Portrait

Something you wouldn't expect from a portrait, right? Even without a visible face, a faceless portrait is still a portrait!

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EmbersAreOut
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6 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love faceless photos! They always look so cool!

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#12

Experiment With Depth Of Field

Experiment With Depth Of Field

While there is such a thing as "the perfect" depth of field (DOP) for portraits, which is a shallow DOP when you want your subject to stand out from the background, try experimenting with it and what fits your portraiture style.

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#13

Use Fairy Lights

Use Fairy Lights

The aim of fairy light photography is to take tantalizing, magical pictures. This style is fantastic for photographers who wish to sharpen their lighting techniques and capture compelling images perfect for Instagram!

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#14

Create A Silhouette

Create A Silhouette

A silhouetted subject can still display some detail, but the less detail is seen, the more drama it adds to the image. Backlighting is essential for an effective silhouette. Place a subject in front of a background, then expose it to the background while keeping the subject in shadow to make a silhouette.

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EmbersAreOut
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6 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES!!! The best picture of me ever taken was a silhouette-style photo. My hair was illuminated and looked like fire.

#15

Use Contrast

Use Contrast

Colors that are warm and chilly contrast with one another. Those are the so-called complementary colors. They are the ones that appear on the color wheel in opposition to one another. For example, complementary colors are red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple). With contrast photography, you may adjust the contrast in several ways to change the tone, texture, clarity, and colors of your image as well as its mood. Altering the contrast can significantly impact the final image!

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Forty Seven Pandas
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Should have got a purple model for the shot

#17

Work In Black And White

Work In Black And White

B&W photography is distraction-free. Cluttered or overly colored photos can often mislead the eye because sometimes there is just too much going on. Black and white photography removes any color distractions, allowing the viewer to concentrate on the subject, textures, shapes, patterns, and composition. There's not a single thing that looks bad in black and white.

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TheEndIsNigh🇨🇦and🇬🇧in🇺🇲
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Total fan. When I was younger, I used to get teased a bit about my freckles, and as I got a little older, anyone who did my makeup for events would try to conceal them. Now, as an adult, I've embraced the face dots. 😁 I rarely wear makeup (moisturizer/sunscreen, mascara, lipgloss, out the door), and I love how black & white tends to accentuate my freckles.

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#18

Venture Into The Great Outdoors

Venture Into The Great Outdoors

Outdoor photography is superior as no light source is better than natural light.

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#19

Play With Light

Play With Light

Brightness, darkness, tone, mood, and atmosphere are all influenced by lighting. The light must be carefully adjusted and controlled to achieve your subjects' best texture, color vibrancy, and luminosity. In order to find the "perfect" lighting, just play with it first!

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#20

Become A Work Of Art

Become A Work Of Art

Makeup, body paint, glitter, stickers, flowers, or various tiny objects or even edibles can become your finest companions wanting to create a unique portrait.

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#21

Stick To One Color Scheme

Stick To One Color Scheme

It is worthwhile to take some time to choose colors that work well together. Your portrait photograph will become even more artistically beautiful as an outcome!

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#22

Pose In Halloween

Pose In Halloween

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#23

Pose With Siblings

Pose With Siblings

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#24

Use Rainbow Colors

Use Rainbow Colors

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#25

Pose On Travel

Pose On Travel

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#26

Go Abstract

Go Abstract

After all, photography is a form of art. When done well, abstract photography may transform a standard portrait into a work of art featuring a variety of hues, patterns, and textures. Just go wild at it.

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#27

Introduce Objects

Introduce Objects

This one goes closely with perspective and depth of field. By centering the focus on an object at a different distance from the camera than the subject, you can expect some exciting results. Just experiment with distance and a range of things you can employ in your portrait photography!

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#28

Play With Prism

Play With Prism

Photographers often use a prism to scatter, refract, or bend light onto a subject. Small rainbow lights in the foreground can enhance a portrait, an album cover, or a wedding photograph. Or a subject can seem to be in the middle of a kaleidoscope or in a surreal dream world! There are endless portrait possibilities in playing with a prism!

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#29

Dress Up

Dress Up

Throughout history, wonderful costume portraits have been produced in photography and other kinds of art. Even more so than in traditional portrait photography, every component of a costume portrait adds to the tale being conveyed by the finished picture.

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#30

Try In A Milk Bath

Try In A Milk Bath

According to legend, Cleopatra regularly bathed in milk to maintain her skin's smooth, youthful, and attractive appearance. Sadly, photography wasn't an option back then. You're in luck because today, you can arrange a milk bath photoshoot that will give you both beautiful images and silky skin.

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#31

Pose With A Pet

Pose With A Pet

Taking photos with your pet really is about capturing your relationship with your furry companion. It is about capturing your pet's personality and the funny and adorable moments you two have together.

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#32

Use Balloons

Use Balloons

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#33

Pose In Rain

Pose In Rain

 Rain can become the perfect tool to bring emotion, drama, a sense of motion, texture, and even excitement to a shot, even though we may perceive it as gloomy and dull. However, photographing in the rain can be difficult, especially if you aren't prepared for it. You must consider underexposed colors, gray sky, and, of course, keeping your equipment out of the water!

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#34

Stand In Front Of A Fan

Stand In Front Of A Fan

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K.H.M.
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For a second my small brain thought they meant a person XD

#35

Pose With Your Family

Pose With Your Family

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#36

Pose At Night

Pose At Night

Taking photos at night can be pretty tricky due to the lack of lighting. Therefore, shutter speed is the most crucial parameter to keep in mind at night. We are looking at something between 1/50th and 1/200th of a second.

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#38

Capture Couple Activity

Capture Couple Activity

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#39

Make Multiple Exposures

Make Multiple Exposures

Using multiple exposures in a single image may assist you in telling a tale or expressing an emotion. It's a simple and fun method to try out new photographic techniques. To make original portraits, surely try out utilizing multiple exposures!

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#40

Experiment With Reflections

Experiment With Reflections

When taking pictures, reflections can remarkably transform an image from one that is relatively straightforward into one that is richer, abstract, or otherwise more artistic.

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Kristina
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ok but be careful there...

#41

Wearing Accessories

Wearing Accessories

The right accessories can elevate your photo to the next level. You may showcase your style and individuality by layering jewelry, styling a cap, or donning stylish sunglasses.

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#42

Pose In Beach

Pose In Beach

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K.H.M.
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok just give me a minute to emerse myself in sand :D

#43

Choose Really Professional Editing Services

Choose Really Professional Editing Services

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#44

Pose With Your Love

Pose With Your Love

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#45

Use Your Instruments

Use Your Instruments

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#46

Try Some Action Shots

Try Some Action Shots

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#47

Use Your Favourite Sport

Use Your Favourite Sport

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#48

Pose On Mountain

Pose On Mountain

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#49

Use Background Smoke

Use Background Smoke

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#50

Pose In Party

Pose In Party

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