A recent National Geographic’s investigation has revealed a disturbing fact: in the Amazon, the locals keep wild animals in captivity to lure the tourists to take selfies with them. This makes the animals suffer, it’s harmful and even deadly for them. So, Instagram has decided to educate their users about this dangerous trend. Their new alert system detects the hashtags related to this kind of selfies. Certain hashtags trigger a notification which shows the users that their “cute animal selfies” aren’t cute at all.
Facebook has relatively recently introduced the so-called “reactions” to posts. But soon, instead of clicking on the heart or a laughing emoji, you will be able to “react” with your profile photo. The researchers at Tel Aviv University and Facebook have come up with a method to bring your selfies to life. All they need to do it is a single photo, and the resulting animation is pretty impressive. It seems like your photo is actually a short video, and it’s incredibly accurate considering that they only use one 2D image for the animation.
Whether you’re into Instagram or not, there’s no doubt it has become a powerful tool for photographers to showcase their work and even book sessions. Growing an audience is a tedious job (if you don’t want to use bots). But, the results of a recent study may help you grow the audience faster.
The researchers of Georgia Institute of Technology and Yahoo Labs recently looked at 1.1 million Instagram photos. They came to some interesting and potentially useful conclusions that could help photographers gain more likes and comments from their followers, and get people more engaged.
It’s been over 2 months now since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, causing the deaths of at least 80 people. Shortly afterwards, to the dismay of local residents, it became something of a tourist attraction. Attracting selfie shooters from afar. Visitors were then asked to refrain from this disrespectful practise.
This weekend is the Notting Hill Carnival, one of the highlights of London’s annual calendar. It attracts around one million people each year, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals. The carnival runs through Kensington, and visitors are again being asked not to shoot selfies with the tower. Only this time, the requests are being backed up by the Metropolitan Police.
It’s not that rare that people destroy or damage something because they’re too submerged in taking a selfie. The latest case took place in the group exhibition by artist Simon Birch, at 14th Factory in Los Angeles.
A woman crouched down in front of one of the pedestals trying to take a selfie. She knocked it over, and it caused a domino effect that’s painful to watch. All the pedestals in the row fell down, and some of the art pieces got broken. $200,000 worth of art pieces.
The selfie seems to be an unstoppable force now. Wherever we go, either we need to take one, or we see others taking them. Over the weekend I went to visit some friends and we took a wander through a local park. It felt like every other person we saw had their phone out shooting selfies in the glorious weather. But there’s a time and a place for it.
There are also times and places where it’s definitely not appropriate. The site of the burnt out Grenfell Tower is one of them. Inappropriate or “Disaster Selfies” seem to have become something of a trend in the last couple of years. It’s been happening so much at Grenfell, that local residents are actually putting up signs asking people not to shoot selfies.
Lighting yourself up for self portraits can be a lot of fun. You get to experiment, try different things, and if it looks silly, nobody ever has to see it. Or, perhaps looking silly is the whole point, in which case you should probably put it on Facebook. But trying to recreate certain looks and moods isn’t always that easy, especially if you’re not used to lighting yet.
This video from The Lighting Channel shows ten different ways to light yourself for a selfie, and the moods they suggest. And even if you don’t use the lighting on yourself, they can be great inspiration for using with other subjects on a shoot.
Adobe has been experimenting with new features and algorithms lately. They have recently tested a solution that applies the style of one photo to the other. But this new feature could be groundbreaking for all the selfie lovers out there.
In their latest video, they offered a preview of the future of selfie photography using artificial intelligence and deep learning. It suggests that in future we may be able to create pretty decent portraits from not-so-good selfie snapshots.
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.