Although the term “selfie” has only been around since 2002, the concept is far from new. The debut of the portable camera in 1900 led to self-portraiture becoming a more widespread phenomenon. Bill Coyle’s photograph, taken at the Lincoln Memorial, demonstrates some modern techniques we use for capturing the best selfies. For example, angling the camera from slightly above is always best, since taking one from below will make your proportions seem distorted. Also, natural lighting can provide ideal illumination for a selfie, with soft and diffused light being the most flattering for all complexions.