The modern society is obsessed with photography, of capturing every second of their lives with the camera facing inward.
Selfies have become THE defining feature of our generation. We’re glued to our phones, snapping away, valuating ourselves in the amount of likes we get, constantly promoting our “brand” and always looking for the best lighting (this one!).
And it’s not a bad thing; 90s had their mini backpacks, Nokia phones and boy bands; we have social media and selfies. For me though, I’ve never “got” it. I understand the premise of it, and I understand the techniques of it. You hold your arm out at an awkward angle and make a face & there it is!
But…. What kind of a face do you make? I find it incredibly awkward, just sitting there snapping pictures of myself, making faces at what is essentially a mini computer.
I can do it. As the sidebar suggests.
But then I do a review of the pictures that I took for a Face Of The Day post and find this gem.
So, without further ado, please see my list of things to do to most definitely ruin any chance of getting a good picture.
[su_heading]How NOT to take a selfie[/su_heading]
1. Forget to take one, duh! Because if I go to the gym and don’t take pictures, did I really go?
2. Don’t get the lighting right. Signed, Casper the Ghost.
If this were a raw image from my camera, I’d quickly adjust the data before converting to a raster image, but the point of phone photography is that it’s quick & easy. Snap & go!
3. Only take one or two pictures & decide “phuket that’ll do donkey”
Because when it gets to crunchtime & you’re about to upload a picture, you notice that your right tit is flopping about and now you don’t have anything appropriate to upload.
4. Forget which camera you’re using. Like the poor guy who filmed Vegas for his son. Although things did turn out quite well for him, so maybe this isn’t such good advice after all!
5. Definitely make a face. And don’t go for a kissy/duckface, or a sexy lipbite. Give your thumbface a good oldfashioned go!
I think I need to accept the fact that I’m not a “pretty picture” taker. I’m always the one who pulls funny faces & who ruins the picture for everybody else.
How do you get around the awkwardness? Or do you even document your everyday faces through selfies? How does one even #selfie?