Selfies may not have too many purposes, but at least some of them can make you laugh. Rain Yokohama made sure to create a series of selfies that will definitely make your day. He took several “photos with his girlfriend”, which would be totally usual – if he had a girlfriend. In this humorous gallery of “couple photos”, he poses and takes photos on his own. He makes it look like his significant other’s taking photos of him, or even as they are posing together. And the photos actually seem legit, until you see the BTS photos and choke with laughter.
Do you take selfies or they annoy you? We have recently reported about a study that shows people are ready to accept selfies as a tool. But another study shows an interesting twist when it comes to selfies. It seems many people are willing to take them, yet not so many want to look at selfies of others.
Sarah Diefenbach and Lara Christoforakos of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich conducted a research, and the results were published in Frontiers in Pshychology. The paper explores what the researches have named “The Selfie Paradox”, and it really is interesting how “nobody likes selfies”, yet they take them regularly.
Selfies are a 21st-century thing, right? Well, they certainly got popular in the 2000s, but the first selfies were taken way back. Before it was cool. Photographer Joseph Byron may be responsible for the first selfies ever taken, both individual and group. I think they could easily get tons of likes on Instagram today.
Have you ever thought about what exactly is a selfie? Of course, we all know it’s a photo you make of yourself. But is there something more? Can a selfie become more than just a snapshot for remembering the moments or fishing for comments? A research from Sony Mobile shows that selfies might become much more than they are now. They may become applicable in banking, shopping, healthcare and many other situations.
Sony Mobile and Futurizon conducted a research and surveyed 6,500 European consumers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. The results show that the consumers are ready to embrace a selfie as a tool in plenty of situations. They see a “vast number of potential applications” of selfies in the next five years.
If you think selfie sticks are so 2014, here’s something to up your selfie game. Now you can take aerial selfies using an autonomous flying camera which you can always carry with you. It’s called Selfly and it snaps of your phone when you want to use it. When you’re done shooting, you simply attach it back to the phone case and put it in your pocket. So, it’s a gadget that allows you to take selfies from a new perspective, and to annoy people around you in a completely new way.
Dou you remember your first phone with camera? When you look at those photos now, you realize how bad quality those camera actually was. Still, it’s fun to look back on cameras and phones, compare them and realize how much they have advanced. Actress Nina Dobrev goes through the history of phone cameras and the evolution of selfies from 2003 to 2017.
Selfie sticks have been around for a while, and (unfortunately) it seems they are here to stay. They serve as a tool to help you take a photo of yourself with (or without) your friends and get everyone in the frame. But, is it that easy to take a high-quality, artistic selfie with a selfie-stick? This “professional selfie-stick photographer” hit the streets of New York City and offered people to help them take professional photos with a selfie-stick.
remember that monkey who took a selfie and then PETA claimed it owned the copyrights for that selfie? And remember that the federal court ruled that the monkey can’t be the owner of the photos? Well, you know the saying: It ain’t over till the fat monkey sings. And indeed it seems that PETA just appealed the decision in what has to be the weirdest copyright case in the history of monkeys.
It’s almost like you can’t go to an event these days without seeing a photo booth. Whether it’s a wedding, an office party, or just a weekend barbecue with family and friends, there seems to be a photo booth.
There are a million different ways to make photo booths, from super expensive RED powered slow-mo booths to 3D photo booths and a vintage selfie booth, and in this weekend project from Make, we’re shown how to make our own touch screen photo booth for very little cost based around a Raspberry Pi.
Admit it! object masking sucks. It’s not that it is impossible, even the hardest selections and masks can be created with some work (and some methods require less work that others). But, in general, masking is a hard and tedious work.
Researchers in the The Chinese University of Hong Kong working with Adobe Research are now showing some work that uses Convolutional Neural Networks to successfully mask portraits. The paper bears the boring name “Automatic Portrait Segmentation for Image Stylization” [PDF link], and it shows how selection and masking can significantly improve if the software knows that it’s making a portrait.