Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

September 15, 2013

#Seflie

BLUEFIELD — Whether you oppose the duck face or take multiple self-portraits — only on a good hair day, of course — the selfie is not going away anytime soon.

What is a selfie? It is the nickname for self-portraits taken with any mobile device. Most people post their selfies on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

But not everybody is in love with the selfies. According to a survey by Wakefield Research, 48 percent of respondents said people look older in camera phone photos. How much older? Most responders aged selfies by seven years. Twenty percent aged the photo by a decade.

Celebrities tweet selfies multiple times a day. So does the average teenager. Adults are getting in on the trend. The duck face, hand on the hip, the surprised look, serious face, alluring eyes — all looks are represented through selfies. It is a growing phenomenon, one that even appeals to scientists and psychologist. All want of them want to know what a selfie represents and how society views the hashtag #me. The selfie fan just wants a good photo.

Stacy Grubb, 32, a native of Premier, feels more confident.

“I like selfies because I don’ t feel as self-conscious as I do when someone else puts a camera in my face. I can just snap a 1,000 pictures until I get the one that looks like how I feel at the moment,” Grubb said.

Grubb’s favorites are the selfie where she  blinked at the flash. Later, she redeemed herself with a creative selfie using her camera and a mirror.

Taylor Cline, 23, from Princeton, also loves taking a good selfie.

“I think you should never underestimate the power of a good selfie. Posting a good selfie is a confidence booster,” Cline said.

She also gives selfie advice to her friends.

“It takes 400 takes to get one picture. That’s how you learn your angles. It’s takes many pictures to get what worked that one time. Editing is crucial. A bad pic can be made great with enough filters from an editing app. And last but not least — lighting. Lighting is everything. The more light the better,” Cline said.  

Her other piece of advice? Don’t use the same pose every day. Vary it up. And no peace signs or other strange poses.

“Just smile,” she added.

 

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