Taking selfies is all fun and games until it starts killing plants, animals and even people. The latest victims of selfie-taking tourists are famous statues on Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. With the increasing number of visitors to the island, there are more and more people who climb the statues just so they can snap a photo of themselves picking the stone heads’ nose.
Because selfie sticks are so 2014, Apple is now turning to computational imaging for taking group selfies. Actually, for making them, since they will be composed out of individual selfies from different phones. Apple has filed a patent for an app that will allow everyone from the group to take a selfie they’re satisfied with, compose them into a single photo, and then add a background of choice. And if I may add – take “fake” to a whole new level.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 was rumored to have five, and then six cameras, with two of them on the front. They won’t be just numerous but apparently, they’ll also allow you to shoot pretty high-quality selfies. In the latest teaser video posted by Samsung Vietnam, it’s been revealed that the front camera will be capable of shooting 4K videos.
Grab your phone, open the front-facing camera, strike a pose, click, and you’re done. It takes only a few seconds to take the perfect selfie nowadays, but what was it like a century ago? Well, if you wanted to get into the shot, it took a bit more effort than today. And in a photo that recently emerged on Reddit, you can see a creative photographer who figured out a clever way to include himself in the shot.
When DxOMark first added smartphone camera rankings into its database back way back in 2012, a lot of people thought it was just a prank. But no. For the last seven years, they’ve been ranking new smartphones as they come out to see which is the best of the bunch.
The process has evolved over the years, with new features and metrics added, but now they’re adding one more set of tests into the mix. And this one isn’t a joke, either. DxOMark is now going to be judging the front-facing selfie camera.
We have seen people destroying works of art, nature, and their own lives while taking selfies. A few days ago, a visitor of an exhibition in Russia managed to ruin two works of iconic artists: Salvador Dalí and Francisco Goya. While the Goya painting only had the glass and the frame damaged, in Dalí’s case, the painting itself suffered the damage as well.
After iPhone XS was announced, some users noticed that its front camera beautifies selfies by default. The coin “BeautyGate” for this was soon coined to refer to this bug, but former Apple designer Sebastiaan de With explained that it’s a consequence of noise reduction. However, Apple has now admitted: the so-called “BeautyGate” is real, and it’s indeed a camera bug.
YouTuber Jonathan Morrison caused some stir on Instagram and Twitter on Saturday and trolled both Apple and Android users with a single photo. He posted a selfie with a caption: “Pixel 2 Portrait mode 👀 rocking the smalls hat 👀 thoughts?” Android fans rushed to praise the image quality and of course, to bash the iPhone. But a day later, Jonathan revealed the truth: the photo was actually taken with an iPhone XS.
It’s sad but true that nowadays it’s hard to imagine our social media feeds without selfies. And what’s even sadder is that people get killed while trying to capture the most like-worthy snapshot of themselves.
The selfie as a phenomenon has already been a topic of studies, and a recently published one explores the issue of fatal selfies. A team of researchers has published the results, exploring the numbers of selfie-related deaths, as well as the main reasons behind these tragedies.