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Top 5 Tips for Apps that Take the Perfect Selfie

Top 5 Tips for Apps that Take the Perfect Selfie

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The world of selfies is complicated because it's not only the actual capturing of the picture but having a way to share it with friends, family, and the world. 

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  1. Ones that can capture honesty in selfies are golden.
  2. Technological advances has perfected the selfies
  3. Understand technology gimmicks doesn't override user error
  4. The Instant of Instagram makes your kids selfies different
  5. Good selfies can produce instant celebrities

One might think another word for a selfie is a portrait. But they would be wrong. A selfie is no more a portrait than a house cat is a tiger. Yes there are some similarities, but when you see one, you immediately know it's not the other. What makes a selfie unique is often the intimacy of which the picture is taken. As the word "selfie" says, the pictures typically taken are by the subject themselves. The advantages of this is the person has complete control where, when, and how the pictures will be taken. In-other-words what they mean to say in their essay of selfies isn't an accident. It is what it is. The disadvantages are often times you're not the best judge of your own pictures. The considerations that need to be made by others now have to be trusted by oneself. Is your face well-lit? Are you in the frame? Is there a picture troll behind the person? Selfies require being self-aware. 

Selfies have become popular with celebrities because of the intimacy the pictures convey. There are apps geared towards the professional photographer. These aren't the ones you want. It is the apps such as Snapchat and Instagram that are geared toward spontaneous moments and rawness that makes the honest selfie that you want.

So now that the distinction is made, it's important to understand how selfies are taken and why this medium is taken off. Most obvious is the cameras themselves. In the past, if you wanted to take a picture with 5 seconds notice, you would have to find a camera, find someone to take it, and hope the picture is perfect. Later when you develop the photos, you find that the "full-body" shot is a "no body" shot.

Today, with the advent of phones, often times the selfie-taking ability is highlighted more than the ability to make a call. When the iPhone, for example, introduced the front-facing camera, it immediately solved a huge pain point for people that took their pictures with a camera. They could see what was being taken. Additionally, mobile programs that take pictures have editing features that are easy for the average user to use and understand. Cropping pictures, fixing colors and adding filters can be done in seconds rather than hours. Developers know that the younger generation doesn't have time to read manuals on "How to take a selfie" so everything needs to be simplified.

The selfie apps today are filled with gimmicks. One button changes the voice, swipe at part of the picture and the entire background blurs, and even swap faces with the person next to you. Cut-and-paste a frown on a smile and expressions suddenly change. The eye that was red is suddenly blue. The selfies take a new direction and become something entirely different. However different isn't always bad. Because it is a story portrayal of how you feel. One guy's opinion of what it means might be totally different than another. Still, while technology and the magic of selfie apps might do wonders on perception, the users that know how to balance fiction from reality. Experts say that having an eye for that special moment, self-confidence and the use of natural light are keys to a good selfie. None of which can be found on an app that puts a dog nose on your face.

To the baby boomers, a picture of one's self is taken, developed, thrown into a box and not seen again until years later.

For this generation of kids, selfies are more than the picture itself. With apps like Instagram, a beautiful girl can take a selfie showing herself crying, throw on a few hashtags and captions to express her feelings at that moment, and press send. Seconds later the world knows exactly what she is doing. 

So because a selfie is as much about sharing the photos as it is taking them, finding a good app that can quickly and safely share ideas to the world is important too. Instagram and Snapchat are the most well known, but others such as Retrica have smaller audiences but just as powerful capabilities.

The combination of a powerful selfie sharing app such as Instagram, creative ideas, and knowledge of basic photography skills and tricks have been known to turn ordinary people into mini-celebrities. Often times a person that continuously takes a good selfie connects with others because the person on the other side of a Youtube video sees the subject as a mirror to themselves. When the person is trusted more through their selfies, then they create the power of influence to get their audience to do things they normally wouldn't do. So that simple app one's been thinking about buying just to take a good selfie at the end of the day could be a window to the world. 

Where a portrait can be used to get a job or make one look far more important than they really are, the world of selfies is much more intimate. It's a process that a 10-year-old is much more likely to understand than a 50-year-old. In the end, wisdom can be found by looking at what others are doing. Find the picture of the person eating cereal, not the perfectly lit one in front of the perfect sunset. Follow the hashtags, follow the pictures, and you will find where it all began. The single selfie by a singular person found its way to you. Find your own selfie app to send one back.

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