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    Tips and tricks for the best selfies ever


    LED is making lighting technology ever-more portable. Being able to integrate lighting with your phone has some great benefits, especially for your phone photos.


    Yes, we’re going to talk about selfies.

    The perfect combination of photography, technology and social media means we can capture funny moments in our lives, our latest favorite outfit, or our best hair days - all in just a few taps on our smartphone screen.


    However, let’s be honest here: sadly, we’re not all perfect-looking movie stars, photogenic even from horrible angles under hot lights. The truly great selfie takes practice, skill, and exactly the right lighting.


    Natural light is always best, of course, and often provides an image preferable to that given by a standard flashlight. Certainly, if you’re taking a photo of yourself/a selfie against the backdrop of a magnificent sunset, there is no flash in the world that will adequately recreate that.


    That said, sometimes you’re indoors, or in darkness, and flash is the only option. Which is where LED comes in.


    Virtually all recent smartphones already use an LED as their primary flashlight. However, the push to keep phones small and costs down has given rise to the dreaded black square: a guaranteed shortcut to ruining your photos by way of the phone itself casting shadows.


    The great thing about LED’s flexibility and connected nature, however, is that this can be easily changed simply by designing an external flash based on your phone’s API.

    Imagine being able to plug a flash into your phone’s headphone jack, putting it in a position not dissimilar to where it would sit on a traditional camera? The flash could be directed more easily than the phone’s integrated flash… and would also automatically sync with your phone camera.


    Well, that photo savior is already here: it’s called iblazr and, after a recent Kickstarter campaign, it’s now going into wider production. The fact that it consists of 4 LEDs rather than 1, means the light can be diffused more easily.


    A diffused single-source light is one thing. However, traditionally photographers have found that the best light source is one that isn’t attached to the camera at all. So how about a camera phone flash that works by going completely wireless?


    Another successful Kickstarter project, Nova, achieves this by combining LED with Bluetooth.

    The result is a portable lighting solution that can be positioned literally anywhere that gives the best look, and still operate in perfect tandem with your phone’s camera.


    The end result is simply more flattering light for your selfies. Even the most flawless of us can benefit from the right light.


    Have you used either of these solutions in pursuit of the perfect selfie? Or a different idea entirely? Feel free to discuss your top tips for great photos in the comments below.


    And for more tips and tricks, check out this great infographic by iZZi Gadgets.

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