We all love a shameless selfie and the craze for splashing them all over social media isn’t set to end any time soon. In fact, manufacturers like Huawei and Samsung take the front-facing camera very seriously and are making phones that are geared specifically towards the selfie-takers. Here’s a quick look at 3 of the […]

We all love a shameless selfie and the craze for splashing them all over social media isn’t set to end any time soon. In fact, manufacturers like Huawei and Samsung take the front-facing camera very seriously and are making phones that are geared specifically towards the selfie-takers. Here’s a quick look at 3 of the best selfie smartphones out there:

 

Honor 10

The Honor 10 has a whopping 24MP front camera, which gives you amazingly detailed images that look great if you want to print them onto wall canvases or show them on a larger screen. It recognises 8 different selfie scenarios and adapts to take the best possible pic, while optimising slightly blurring the background of the photo to help you stand out. Another great feature is 3D portrait lighting and an AI beauty tool which adds flattering effects based on your age, gender and skin tone. Who needs filters?

 

Huawei P20 Pro

The P20 Pro also has a 24MP front-facing camera for crisp, detailed selfies and AI processing with image and scene recognition. The P20 camera will automatically ramp up the green of the trees and the blue of the sky – so if you like Instagram-style filters you’ll love the brighter colours in your selfies. And you can capture those date nights perfectly, because the P20 Pro works brilliantly in low light.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9

The S9 boasts an f/1.7 aperture, which is larger than most front-facing cameras. The aperture refers to the size of the lens opening and because it’s large on the S9 it can let in a lot of light, giving you sharp, detailed images and brilliant low-light shots. You can also choose from three 3 different ways to take your selfies: the usual button method; a voice control option; or with gesture control. This makes it so much easier to capture a great shot and helps you avoid the inevitable arm obstruction.

 

Strike a selfie pose.

OK, so you’ve got your fab camera phone and you’ve nailed the solo selfie; but couple selfies are a whole different ball game. What filters do you use? Which angle do you take it from? And is it even possible to fit two people into a photo without the large 6.5-inch screen of the iPhone XS Max ? First things first, think about the look are you’re trying to achieve:

 

Traditional selfie.
This is where you both beam up at the camera with the look of love.

Smoochie selfie.
Steal a kiss on the cheek or mix it up with a full-on snog.

The ‘Follow Me’ selfie.
This trend was started by travel blogging couple Nataly Zakharova and Murad Osmann. Now everyone is showing off their travels with this enticing ‘led-by-the-hand’ shot.

Feet selfie.
You could be in hiking boots about to explore the jungle, or entwined on the beach (this is basically any shot that contains legs only).

Mirror selfie.
Usually taken in a bathroom or bedroom before you go for a big night out, this is the best way to get for the full length shot.

 

If you want to really make an impression with your couple selfies, make sure you get stuck in when you’re on your hols. You don’t need to worry about finding a Wi-Fi connection or the cost of sharing them, because with Go Roam you can get online in over 70 destinations at no extra cost. Grab your phone and your other half, and check out these pro tips from some of the best couple travel bloggers out there:

 

Gaz and Beth – Enjoy the Journey.
“Gaz hates the selfie culture but every now and again when we’re somewhere really cool, or it’s a really special moment that I’d like to remember, I grab the iPhone and snap a selfie. For example, we were in Cartagena, Colombia earlier this year and it was one of the most romantic places we’ve ever been. So, when the sun set and the city lights came on, I took a quick pic of the two of us so I’d remember the moment forever.”
Pro tip: Even if you’re not that into selfies, remember that they’re also about memories. It’s a great way to capture a romantic atmosphere.

 

Andrew and Amy – Our Big Fat Travel Adventure.
“Travel is a huge part of our lives and we take thousands of photos to keep a record of our journey and share adventures with our readers. As we run a couple travel blog, we take plenty of ‘usies’ wherever we are in the world, be it on a beach, mountain, boat or in a city, cave or jungle. We’ve found that the most successful usies tell a story; there should be more to the photo than just our faces so we pick backgrounds carefully and make sure they help to capture where we are and what we’re doing at that moment in time. A long arm, selfie stick or portable tripod can be very useful too.”
Pro tip: Think carefully about your photo – pick the perfect background and get the right equipment too.

 

Paula and Gordon – Contented Traveller.
“We do it when we are the only ones around, or when we are too embarrassed to ask someone else to take one of us. We had purchased a Three SIM for our phones when we got to London from Sydney, Australia. We didn’t expect the card would work throughout Europe but it did, and yes we shared photos of us in front of Buckingham Palace, in front of the Mona Lisa – sad but true – with all of our friends on our social media channels. We even used it in New York, where we played tourist in Times Square.”
Pro tip: Selfies are so much more fun when they’re shared. Use your selfies as a way to tell your friends and family about your adventures.

 

Good Instagram captions.

It’s true that a picture paints a thousand words, but if you want your couple selfies to really shine on social media it’s time to get clever with your captions. Cute Instagram captions can provide context, tell a cheeky story and even add a sense of mystery. Why not maximise your social engagement by asking a question that gets people talking? And if you’re a keen blogger you can use the caption to direct people to your blog. The Instagram caption character limit is 2,200 characters which is around 330 words, so you can really use your imagination to round up your post perfectly.

All you need to do now is get snapping and sharing. And if you’ve got more ideas or tips for the perfect couple selfie, make sure you tell us about them @ThreeUK on Twitter or Instagram.