Several decades ago, advancements in digital technology was the farthest thing that ordinary people would have imagined as possible. Cameras built innovatively as features of a smartphone is probably the most significant lifestyle changer. People became more active, and more in touch with everyone and everything around them. Not a few developed a desire to look more attractive, or impressive; or at the least have something to show and/or tell in their social media sites. Nowadays, messages no longer require the use of so many words, because selfies and Instagram photos can convey messages just as effectively,
What Experts Say About the Fascination for Selfies and Use of Instagram
Selfie is an oft used word in mainstream social media and has in fact, been declared as “word of the year” in 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries. It refers to a photograph taken of oneself with the use of a smartphone or of a webcam, and with intent to upload the outcome to a social media site. According to Oxford Dictionaries, for a word to be chosen as “word of the year,” its use at a given time must have been notable or prominent.
Using a research software that compiles about 150 million English words concurrently used throughout the world wide web, Oxford Dictionaries inferred from the research results that the use of the word selfie had increased by as much as 17,000% during the year. However, this piece of information also suggested that taking selfies has become more than just a hobby, or a habit.
According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), taking more than one to two selfies per day is normal; taking 3 is borderline normal, while taking countless more is already indicative of a mental disorder. The APA actually coined a word for the disorder: “selfitis,” which it defines as
”The obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.”
The advent of Instagram (IG) made taking selfies even more popular, which many also consider as addictive. Mainly because, through the IG app, they can share as many pictures as they want without having to worry about lighting or color imperfections. IG’s filters automatically take care of those things. Any subject can be an Instagram hit, largely easing out the need to use selfie photos as a way of drawing attention to one’s social media post.
Professional Photographers’ Views about Selfies
Professional photographers explain the difference between images taken as selfie and by a person who understands the art of photography.
Many of those who go to great lengths in order look their very best when uploading a selfie, wants to let people in the Internet know that they are beautiful. However, facial features no matter how beautiful, still look imperfect when taken as a selfie. Mainly because they are captured into photos taken at arms length using a smartphone camera with very short focal length, usually 10 mm.
Now if they really want to show the world not only their beauty but also their feelings and emotions, have some taken by a professional photographer. Catherine Gross for one, is a pro who can create portraits that can tell whatever story or message a subject wants to convey. Through a professional’s trained eye, the person in the photograph is guaranteed to look his or her best. Professional photography is all about knowing not just the best angle with which to project a set of facial features. It is also about knowing how to create the ideal lighting and the type of lenses to use when taking pictures of a subject.