Want to get a good looking close-up photos of your self?
Use a low resolution camera. In that way you dont get to see the wrinkles or whatever embarrases you, to be seen clearly on your pic.
Photo studio photographers always have to edit images of faces snapped by their high quality cameras due to the fine details of the faces which actualy do no good for the owners of the faces :(
I found out snapping my potrait on my nokia 6230i (1.3 mega pixel) was better than on my n73 (3 mega pixel) because low resolution gave better mood