Meditation on Selfies

I’ve never been good at selfies. I get the angle wrong, you can’t see the background, the final photo is often one of me looking startled, and well, not my best. And these days, as I get older, I’m rarely satisfied with pictures of myself. I’m fine with the aging thing (well, mostly – rather be less stiff in the morning) but photos, and selfies especially seem to highlight that process. Pro tip: sunglasses and a smile always help.

Selfie culture is interesting. I recently watched one young person take a series of selfies as he was walking along the street, apparently randomly. I guess one of those ended up on SnapChat, the latest in a series of pics that show his best side to his friends and followers. But I don’t want to sound like I’m 100 years old.  I’ve heard those over 50’s (and some younger ones) moaning that no one asks anyone to take pictures anymore. So what? I like selfies. I think they’re fun. They make me laugh, and I love to laugh!

Lisa Neale is a brilliant selfie taker. You can see a lot of them on her Instagram account and she’s even taken some good ones of me! I’ve tried to emulate her, but I got so frustrated with my apparent lack of ability with selfies that I looked up some tips. Most of it seemed to be directed at bloggers or people who want to be Insta-famous. Uh, that’s not me. But I do want friends and family to have fun scrolling through my feed.

On a recent vacation, my partner and I had great fun taking selfies and trying to get them right. I stopped being self conscious in front of other tourists and we took tons until they looked OK.  Me holding the phone, her pressing the button.

We may have finally got it! Teamwork really is better.

3 comments on “Meditation on Selfies

  1. adunsige says:

    And you two obviously make a great team! Love these selfies. My teaching partner and students continue to teach me how to take better selfies. Before school ended, the other K teacher gave me a little tutorial. I think I have a lot still to learn. I should probably investigate some tips as well.

    Aviva

  2. astanfie says:

    So, any tips to share? I find that lighting (locate the sun!) and angle (phone should always be higher than your face) are my two “musts”. What are yours?

    • sjdunlop says:

      Yes, lighting. Looking at the lens rather than the screen is important. Also find your best angle and use it. So simple, really, but I still struggle!

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