Selfies are notorious for being terrible, but it's possible to use those self-portraits to improve your picture-taking skills. The key is to stop before you take the shot, examine where your eyes are going, and learn a little bit about perspective before you click the shutter. Best of all, you can train with a subject that's always nearby for a picture.
Photo by Jen B
Simon Ellingsworth, award winning photographer and author of the photography education blog Lightism (who has helped us with other photo tips in the past), points out that people generally shoot from eye-level and put their camera where their eyes can go. By making yourself the subject of the shot and shooting at angles and through reflections, you have to take the camera away from your eye and start thinking about how the shot will turn out before you take it.
You can open up a broad array of interesting perspectives if you're willing to move the camera around, as we mentioned when we suggested you'll get better pictures of your kids by photographing at their level. When you practise, try to avoid the all-too-overused overhead-angle shot.