Age of the selfie
I spend a great deal of my day looking at photograph’s. I see them on Facebook and on Twitter. That’s before I look at new posts that are on Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouPic. As a photographer I look at these photos sometimes with a critical eye thinking about why I like or dislike the photo. What could make this photo better, or how did they achieve this photo with lighting or what equipment was used. But a thought came to me the other day when I saw a post on Facebook by my daughter. It was a selfie with her friends.
We all have a critical eye for photography. We all know what we like and what we don’t like. Maybe not to the same extent as a photographer but certainly to take a photo of your cute dog or cat or child.
In my daughters case it was a well-rehearsed selfie with her friends. They were well placed and the selfie was well framed.
The younger generation have kind of got it nailed when it comes to posing and taking selfies. I’ve notice that a lot when I take portraits of teenagers that they have a certain confidence about them when they are standing in front of the camera. This is a good thing and certainly makes my job a lot easier. But it’s interesting to see that they know a pose will give them a certain photo or look that they want.
I think that could be the case in a lot if not all photographs to think of the border or frame going around the photo when taking a photo. Frame the photo. Look through the lens or at the back of the camera. Does everyone fit into the frame. Does it look like it will make a good photo. Because once you press that shutter button, if it doesn’t look great then well its generally not going to look great when you go back and look at it.
So constructing a photo. Think of the edges of the photo. Remember to frame the photo. And most of all have fun.