Slowly as the world was introduced to camera phone we started seeing tiny blurry mirror selfies that were more embarrassing than anything. As the cameras in our phones gained megapixels our mirror selfies began to improve. Then comes the front facing camera and the selfie movement exploded. Our Facebook profile pics became the prettiest seflie we could take. Every photo on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr were beginning to be tagged with #Selfie. Photos with celebs are becoming selfies more and more. NASA got on board and had #GlobalSelfie for Earth Day 2014. We even have a selfie anthem. So why are seflies such a huge deal?
Let’s break down selfies. Urban Dictionary defines a selfie as
A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.
I think someone needs to inform Urban Dictionary that Myspace is out… but that’s besides the point. In my honest opinion that definition of selfie makes me feel like crap for taking them. And why should we feel like that? Selfies are fun, easy, and you can see the camera so you know how to hide a flaw if you feel the need. I say to hell with selfie shaming and let’s all take a selfie together! But please don’t write anymore songs about it…
Since I’m pro-selfie I’ve compiled a list of things to make your selfie taking life easier (however I do think some of these products are quite ridicoulous):
Great Selfie Apps:
Selfie by Thinkboks – Join Selfie for the next generation photo sharing experience! Over a quarter million users love Selfie! Now Selfie-CHAT with people from around the world! Share your selfies with friends, family and with the world over a newsfeed. Customize photos with one of our many filters, and transform everyday selfies into an expression of yourself. With our face detection and timer modes, expressing yourself is even easier! We know you’re already taking selfies…so use our Selfie App and quit struggling with that stretched out arm!!
YouCam Perfect by CyberLink – Make every selfie you take perfect! YouCam Perfect enhances the natural beauty of your face the moment your photo is captured. It also includes an extensive set of tools to further perfect your shots. Re-touching effects let you edit tired eyes, adjust skin tone, change filters, easily remove wrinkles and reshape your face in just a few touches!
Selfie Cam App by Alphapod – AS SEEN ON Engadget, Gizmodo, Slashgear, Cult Of Mac and The Next Web! Selfie Cam has also been featured on iTunes in over 150 countries! It’s official! “Selfie” is the Oxford Dictionaries’ WORD OF THE YEAR! To celebrate this crowning achievement, we created Selfie Cam – the camera app for taking PERFECT selfies!
GoCam! by Crunchfish – GoCam is an amazing camera for everyday photo and video capturing and the ideal #TOUCHLESSELFIE app. By using gestures to control your camera from a distance, there is no longer a need to rush into your best pose – simply set up your phone and snap a photo when ready. Personalize your touchless selfies with Aviary’s professionally designed filters, creative stickers and frames, touch-up tools and more. Share your selfies and videos with friends through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Naturally, all touchless GoCam functions can also be accessed by touching the screen.
AudioVox SHB301BK Shutterball Bluetooth Selfie Camera with Remote – Taking selfies has gone to the next level! A simple press of the ShutterBall releases the shutter on your Smartphone giving you epic selfies or group portraits without distortion or contortion. The ShutterBall is a great accessory for your Android or iOS compatible phone/tablet and gives you a brilliant photo without the mirror getting in the way. Amazon
Gabba Goods #TheSelfie Remote – #TheSelfie by GabbaGoods is the hottest and most fun way to take a photo! The Remote Shutter release makes it easy to take selfies or group shots and upload them straight to your favorite social media outlet. The small portable design makes it convenient to carry around, allowing you to capture every memory and moment of your life!
Promaster Selfie Stick – The PROMASTER “SELFIE-STICK” COMPACT CAMERA BOOM helps add perspective and excitement to photos and video. Whether you want the flexibility to take great self portraits, get above the action with your video, or get better sound when you use it as a microphone boom, the “Selfie Stick” makes it easy! Use it with any device with a standard tripod mount or attach your camera phone with the included phone mount. Use with compact cameras, camera phones, microphones or more 5- Section lightweight aluminum construction Extends from 13″/33 cm to 51″/130 cm in length Includes camera phone mount which fits most camera phones. Amazon
And let’s not forge the smart phone that took the all famous Ellen Oscar Selfie – The Samsung Galaxy Note 3
I even found a How-To Selfie guide (with pics!) on WikiHow!
But who are they hurting? As long as people aren’t taking selfies in the car while driving, or snapping a selfie in the middle of the street during rush hour, I think we’re good. Hope some of these apps or products make your selfie taking life easier. I’m off to go post a selfie or five to my instagram. But first…
(sorry I couldn’t resist)