Cast member Liam Hemsworth takes a 'selfie' with a fan at the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in Los Angeles, California November 18, 2013.

'Selfie', an Australian input to the language, has been named as the international word of the year 2013 by the Oxford Dictionaries.

Over a decade back, a drunken young Aussie captured a self-portrait and named it as 'selfie'. That was the first time the word was reportedly used, ever. According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the earliest use of the word dates back to 2002 when it was used in an online forum post on ABC.

Even though the word has a history of more than ten years, it has been much widely popularised in 2013. Several celebrities started clicking 'selfies' and posted them on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you think that their selfies are more attractive than your own, here are some tricks to take a selfie like a celeb.

The Spoiler

Do not spoil your photo ignoring what is around you. It is better to keep the background clutter-free (both from humans and otherwise) so that the focus remains on you. Try to avoid photo bombers which can spoil the perfect moment.

The Lighting

When it is a selfie, nothing else matters more than the photographer. You must project yourself properly and good lighting is the aspect that will help you the most. Take the selfie in an area which is well-lit. As a rule of photography, the stronger light should be behind the camera. Face the light when you take the photo. Enable flash if you do not find enough light.

The Effect

There are numerous photo editing tools which can give your selfie a more professional look simply by putting some beautifying filters like softeners and diffusers. Instagram provides several such filters which give an instant boost to your selfie.

The Framing

The front camera is always a better option for selfies as the photographer must know what he is capturing. Since you are both the photographer and the subject here, frame yourself properly by using the front camera of your phone. You should follow the 'rule of thirds' while framing yourself.

The Perfect Angle & Mood

You know your best angle. If you don't, you must know it right now. Every celebrity knows which camera angle makes them look the best. Consult your past photos and see where you look the best. Is it the top angle or your right profile? Do you look the best when you smile or when you look intense? Find the one that suits you the most and capture it.