Apparently, today is National Selfie Day. We didn’t realise selfies had a day of celebration and aren’t sure they warrant one. Then again, the same thing could be said about dog biscuits, broccoli, curling and talking like a pirate. In any event, it feels like a good excuse to revisit some of our best selfie-related tips and insights – from Gizmodo editor Rae Johnston’s one-year odyssey of daily selfies to the trials and tribulations of taking selfies in the buff.
People who take selfies are vain, narcissistic and self-absorbed. I don’t understand the point. Is it for attention? Validation? Are you hooked on how many “likes” you get? Get over yourself. I’ve always hated selfies — so I decided to take one every single day for a year.
As a solo traveller, it’s challenging to capture my adventures: I want to include myself in the picture and I’m not about to use a comically long selfie stick. I also rarely feel comfortable handing my camera or phone to strangers. But that doesn’t mean I’m about to miss out on social media-worthy moments. Instead, I re-imagined how I took selfies.
In today’s era of Instagram filters and one-touch beauty modes, taking a flattering self portrait has never been easier. Unfortunately, some of the artistry – and most of the originality – can be lost in the process. If you want to create “selfies” that are unique, eye-catching and personal, you’re going to need more than a front-facing phone camera. With that in mind, we asked three professional photographers to share their advice on self-portraiture. Here are their ten best tips.
We’ve all seen those transformation photos of people going from pufferfish-like bellies to enviously defined abs. You may have mused, “I wish I could get to that ‘After’ picture, too.” Oh, but you can. Without actually being close to that great a shape, in fact. It’s not honest, but marketers do it, and hot damn, you will look fabulous.
In this day and age, taking a good selfie is an important skill to have — especially if you’re looking for more Instagram-cred. If you find that your selfies are a little underwhelming and just aren’t pulling the likes, here a few things to keep in mind so you can snap the perfect insta-worthy pic.
Funerals are a time to remember loved ones and say a heartfelt goodbye, not draw attention to yourself. Still, some people do exactly that. Just because you’re all dressed up doesn’t mean a #funeralselfie is warranted.
Dear Lifehacker, I’m interested in getting a camera that has a remote control to take self-portraits. What do you recommend? I don’t mind something easy to use, it doesn’t need to be super high-tech, and I don’t like bulky cameras. Also is there some sort of mini tripod that goes with the camera? One I can put on a desk. Or do I need a regular tripod? I’m on a budget, I can spend maybe up to $2k all up? Eek, is that impossible?
Today the Wall Street Journal listed all the data Facebook can grab when you upload a photo, based on Facebook’s privacy and data collection policies. The list illustrates what we’ve said before: Facebook doesn’t need to spy on your through your microphone, because you already let it spy on everything else you do.
It’s official: selfies definitely make your schnoz look drastically larger than it actually is – up to 30 per cent. That’s according to a recent study that compared photos of people’s faces being taken from different distances. But don’t worry you selfie fiend you, there’s an easy way to fix it.
Whether you think it’s narcissistic or pointless, selfies are all the rage these days. If you want to take a good shot of your mug, you need good equipment. Oppo has just launched the F1 which touts an eight-megapixel front-facing camera. I put my face (and my dignity) on the line to find out how it fares against Samsung and Apple devices.
You may have noticed the historic-artwork-selfie craze sweeping the web right now, comparing faces to famous paintings and art from around the world. You might be wondering “what historic piece of work does my face resemble?” and “how do I find out?” Well, both of those questions can be answered simply – by using Google’s Arts and Culture app.
In my salad days I posted some supremely unflattering selfies. I was a photo newbie, a bearded amateur mugging for the camera. I’m happy to say that the results of my self-portraits (shared below purely for educational purposes, of course) have improved through experience, but if I had a ruthless robot telling me where I was going wrong it would have been a lot easier. Luckily, the magic of machine learning is now upon us, and it’s here to tell us how to take a good selfie.
‘Topless travel’ is the latest photographic trend to take Instagram and Facebook by storm. No really. As you can probably guess, the craze involves taking topless photos in front of panoramic vistas while travelling abroad. Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of ditching your tee and getting involved. You know you want to.
Taking selfies in the buff is usually a bad idea. Whether it’s intended for a sexual partner, an art portfolio or your own rampant ego, there’s a lot that can go wrong — just ask Jennifer Lawrence. But if you’re determined to shoot photos of your own junk, you should at least make it look as presentable as possible. The following tips are guaranteed to make your naked bits shine.
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If you’ve ever looked at someone’s selfie and thought “They are so vain,” you might be making an unfair assumption. A recent study suggests most selfie-takers aren’t into themselves any more than normal people.