I’ll be the first to admit that my selfie-taking skills are somewhat lacking. On the rare occasion that I do take one, I usually resort to hiding behind a pair of sunglasses or just showing half of my face, putting the focus on my fun earrings instead. So when I heard claims there’s an iPhone trick that makes your selfies better, I was game.
When I asked my boyfriend if I could borrow his new iPhone 7 to take a selfie, I was met with a skeptical stare, but he shrugged and handed it over. The iPhone 7 allows you to use the HDR feature in front-facing camera mode, and I’d heard that HDR mode is the key to better selfies. HDR (High Dynamic Range) actually takes three photos: one overexposed, one underexposed, and one that’s somewhere in between. It then combines the three into one color-perfected photo with the shadows and highlights balanced to a T. Sounds promising, right?
After several failed attempts (like I said, selfies aren’t exactly my forte), I finally took one that I was satisfied with, and as you can see when compared with the exact same photo without HDR, there is indeed a difference, but it wasn’t the outcome I was expecting. With HDR, while my features were clearer, my skin more bronze, and my hair brighter, I found that imperfections were magnified and the brightness was a bit harsh and not an accurate representation of my true coloring. Without using the HDR setting, my imperfections were blurred (in a good way) and the photo was softer and had more of a flattering glow.
So my verdict is, while HDR certainly makes for a clearer picture, clear isn’t always best when it comes to selfies and I’ll be sticking to the non-HDR setting for future selfie-taking.
Keep scrolling to see the difference between my with-HDR and without-HDR selfie, and shop iPhone covers and accessories that’ll contribute to stellar selfies while you’re at it!