A man and a woman nearly escaped death while taking selfies near the ocean in Sydney, Australia. They were trying to capture giant waves smashing against a breakwall right behind them. And then, a gigantic wave swept them away, taking them both straight into the ocean. The incident was caught on camera, and it’s a dreadful, but necessary reminder of why you shouldn’t take selfies near such huge waves.
This Summer has seen record numbers of people ‘getting away from it all’ in the outdoors and visiting National Parks. Yellowstone saw its all-time maximum of 1 million visitors in July, and Zion National Park had a bizarre situation where people waited in queues for up to 4 hours for a basic hike! Some of these places are implementing innovative measures to combat the strain on nature, including designated selfie stations.
Selfies are practically everywhere, and it’s difficult to avoid them. Well, there’s now a photo-sharing platform that’s built literally for avoiding selfies. Poparazzi bans this kind of photos and encourages you and your friends to take photos of each other instead. In fact, your whole account is created by the people who take photos of you!
When they’re super-excited about something, many people post about it on social media. So naturally, people have been sharing the news about their COVID-19 shots. They post selfies taken during the vaccination itself, but many of them also post photos of their vaccination cards to share the good news. But there’s more than good news you might be sharing with the world, experts warn. If you share photos of your vaccination card, you risk having your identity stolen.
VIVO has announced their new V21 series smartphones, two of which (the V21 and V21 5G) feature probably the best selfie camera out there today. It’s an optically stabilised 44-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture. OIS isn’t new to selfie cameras on smartphones, but it’s the first time we’ve seen it pop up on a front camera for a long time – if we’re not counting the back-to-front flippy camera of the ASUS ZenFone 6. Which we’re not, really.
The camera resides in a little notch at the top of the screen and has two LEDs embedded to act as a flash in dimmer conditions. Unlike many other front-cameras on smartphones, even flagship smartphones, this selfie camera also has real autofocus.
If the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t closed people inside their homes, it has at least closed them inside their countries. In other words, we can only travel without crossing a border. But people in Russia are lucky to live in a huge country with lots of things to visit. And during the pandemic, Lake Baikal in Siberia turned out to be particularly popular. People from all over Russia travel for hundreds, even thousands of miles only to take a selfie at this truly incredible location.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure nothing good has ever happened when a bunch of Instagrammers discovered a new photogenic destination. During this year’s UK lockdowns, hikers have discovered an airplane crash site in the Peak District. Of course, everyone now wants a photo of it. The invasion of “Instagram hikers” has gotten dangerous for Instagrammers themselves, but it has also created new problems for the rescue teams in the area.
Simone Giertz is one of the most amazing people on YouTube if you’re into building and making. You might remember Simone from her Shitty Robots fame, but more recently she’s actually been building stuff that actually works and, well, she’s pretty entertaining. And sometimes adorable. In this video, Simone decides to build her dog, Scraps, a fully automated pedal-operated, treat-dispensing, doggy selfie booth.
Along with the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 announcement, Google is making some changes to its photo editing methods. The company has introduced a design framework that will make photo filters and enhancements automatically disabled. This way your phone won’t make you “more beautiful” by default anymore, and it’s all a part of the efforts to improve your mental health rather than your selfies. [Read More…]