2013: The Year of the 'Selfie'
In November 2013, Oxford Dictionary named “selfie” their international Word of the Year. For those of you that have been living out under a rock for some time now, a selfie is defined as, “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” (Oxford Dictionaries, 2014). Normally, I would never take a selfie, but sometimes they are not only acceptable, but highly encouraged.
Back track to May of 2013. I was fortunate enough to study abroad to London, England. When across the pond, taking your own selfie, or catching someone else taking a selfie, is never embarrassing. While in London, I wanted to capture all my surroundings and sometimes taking a ‘selfie; was my only option.
According to WikiHow, there are three parts on how to take a good selfie. Part One is known as setting the scene. Within Part One, there are four essential steps. Step One is to choose a well-lit area. The authors say that “Good lighting is an essential element of any photograph, and selfies are not different”. Keep in mind that the sun should be in front of you, never behind you. If the sun, or any lighting, is behind you, it causes a shadow on your face, negating the entire point of ones selfie.
Step two is the Have some tact. “There are some places that should never be completely off-limits to selfies”. In London, cameras were not allowed in some museums and places we visited. Clearly, if you find yourself in a position where photography is not prohibited, please refrain from taking a selfie.
Pose with a pretty background is the third step to setting the scene of the perfect selfie. When I was abroad, I thought long and hard about what my Instagram and Twitter followers would like to see. If my face was not on the top of their list, I am sure the London scenery was up there.
Step four is to watch out for photo-bombers. Nobody appreciates a photobomber. Before taking your selfie, take a quick scan around to make sure there is nobody that wants to ruin your picture.
Taking a selfie is normally frowned upon, but sometimes it is a crucial part of life.