Taking a good self portrait is definitely cause for celebration. On the flipside, an unflattering selfie can shatter your very soul.
Hours can be wasted snapping away in a bid to get that one selfie that's good enough to be revealed to the public and used on your Instagram, WhatsApp or Tinder profile.
But your time, like your image, is important, which is why we've served up 9 essential steps to follow to banish those selfie woes for good.
Step 1: choose the right camera
Face it, you would always prefer to rely on your smartphone’s front camera to take that selfie rather than leave it to chance and blindly snap a shot with the rear camera. The only caveat? Front-facing sensors tend to be less generous with the megapixel count.
The Oppo R9 challenges the norm, by using a 16MP sensor as the front camera. That’s more than enough pixels to capture a crystal clear image of that special moment and to highlight your best side.
Step 2: banish the blemishes
A little pre-prep never hurts before you snap a selfie, especially if the said self-portrait is meant to impress potential suitors on Tinder. Realistically, however, you won’t necessarily pre-plan your selfie because these things are meant to be random, spur of the moment things to capture a particular moment or emotion.
Still it wouldn't hurt to have a bit of extra help to accentuate your best parts, and maybe downplay those bits you're not so proud of. Enter Beautify 4.0, the Oppo R9's photo enhancing feature that eradicates ugly spots on your face automatically. That’s right, you don’t have to lift a make up brush or grab that concealer before you start snapping.
You can even decide what level of beautification goes into the selfie, choosing from seven intensity levels and alternating between a warm or cool hue to suit your mood.
Step 3: get a firm grip
The key to taking a good selfie is a long, steady arm. A poor grip will, unfortunately do untold harm from blurred facial expressions to chopped off heads. Great if you want to cover up that exasperated look from failing at the selfie game, not if you want to take people's breath away on Instagram.
You could start lifting weights to improve your upper arm strength and vice-like grip. Alternatively, you could use the Oppo R9, whose metal body sits remarkably snug and safe in your hand thanks to a detailed, polishing process incorporating 68 separate stages.
Step 4: embrace the light
As with many forms of photo the quality of the lighting can either make or break your selfie. For starters, you’ll want to make sure there’s no strong backlight messing with the shot, turning your face into a mysterious (and featureless) silhouette.
But if you don't happen to be carrying your own lighting rig around with you then the Oppo R9 is at least here to serve. The patented camera sensor, exclusive to the camera phone, takes into account the strong, contrasting effect of the backlight and adjusts the ISO sensitivity and reduces noise automatically to strike a balance.
Step 5: go handsfree
Trust us, you don’t want to be contorting your limbs trying to tap the screen to take a selfie. For one, even the slightest wobble will mess up your shot. Selfie sticks do have some merits, especially if it lets you snap a shot without having to touch the phone.
But why invest in a selfie stick when the Oppo R9 has even more advanced control features? So advanced, it’s almost like magic. Say a quick voice command, in this case “cheese”, and the Oppo R9 will snap that shot. Place your hand in front of the camera and it’ll also do the same.
Don’t forget to set a timer, just so you have a buffer to recover from the gestures.
Step 6: keep your phone fully juiced
No battery, no selfies. That’s a simple fact but one that’s always easily forgotten when you get snap happy. Never neglect how often you need to keep your phone fully charged as it’s not built solely for your selfie pleasure.
But if you’re using the Oppo R9, you’re well-covered. Even if you were running low on juice, its VOOC Flash Charge pumps the Oppo R9 with up to 75% charge in just 30 minutes. Besides, the Oppo R9’s ample 2850mAh battery has enough stamina to last through a selfie marathon. You might even run out of poses before it runs out of charge.
Step 7: make sure there’s enough storage
What’s the point of taking that many photos if you don’t have the space to store them? So before you go on a selfie-spree, don’t neglect the storage space.
That’s not a huge concern if you’re armed with the Oppo R9. The camera phone already has 64GB of internal storage to hold all your selfie shenanigans.
Even if, by some sheer miracle, you’ve run out of space, just chuck in a microSD card up to 128GB and continue to flood the Oppo R9 and your Instagram followers with more duck-faced pics.
Step 8: experiment with filters
Taking selfies with #nofilter is the biggest achievement. After all, it speaks volume of your camera skills if you don’t have to rely on filters to make it better.
But on the off chance that you do want to give your images that extra edge then you can do it right away in the Oppo R9 camera interface. Sometimes, a little filter works wonders to create a more sultry vibe or you simply want to add a nostalgic edge to your latest self portrait. Whichever it is, go beyond #nofilter and expand your selfie horizon.
Step 9: get more people in the shot
Whoever says three's a crowd, wasn't thinking about the fun of group selfies. So let’s be honest, wouldn’t it be more fun to include more of your friends in the shot? Go wide, bring the party to the front camera and take a wefie.
You would think that it’s a challenge to squeeze more than two people into a wefie. That’s because you haven't met the Oppo R9 and its 120 degree wide-angle selfie panorama. Now, no one will ever have to feel left out.