Smartphones like Apple have continuously updated their software, speed, screens, and most importantly – their cameras. In the age of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, the ‘selfie’ has become a widely used photograph to portray a person’s identity through various social media outlets. The ‘selfie’ in itself, has improved because the smartphone cameras have improved tremendously. The reason for this goes back to the basics: pixels, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field – all of which are seen in the photo. But what highlights these aspects of the ‘selfie’ through a simple smartphone camera? The lighting. Lighting in photography is useful in that it helps to manipulate images. Lighting also manipulates moods, sets the tone for portraits, etc. Just take a look outside your window on a cloudy day. The absence of the sun makes the outdoors look gloomy, devoid of life almost. When it’s sunny, and the sun is at its highest in the sky, the outdoors look joyful, playful, vibrant and colorful. When you take a group selfie, you don’t do it in the dark. If it is dark, you turn on the flash because you want to be able to see your friends and the moment you want to capture. The same exact concept goes for professional photography. Headshots require a tremendously specific kind of lighting, and amount of lighting. For example, too much light on your face will saturate an image and make your image too soft and almost washed out. Not enough lighting will make your image look like it’s promoting a horror film or you just won’t be seen at all. In headshot photography, a professional photographer knows exactly where to position the lights in order for you to be seen in your best light.