Monday, 20 October 2014

5 Tools for Taking the Perfect Selfie

Pic credit, PaulRysz
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook… social media is swamped with them. And traditional print media loves spinning a story around them. I am, of course, referring to the ubiquitous selfie.

According to research*, we Brits upload more than 17 million selfies every week, with 1 in 3 of us posting at least once a week. The same study found that 1 in 6 Brits aged over 55 regularly take a selfie – that’s more than young adults! Wow! Have we become a nation obsessed?

Celebrity culture has been a major trend driver, of course. Kim Kardashian, the queen of the selfie, is regularly snapped snapping herself. Even her own mother calls her obsessed!

I’m not for one moment suggesting that we all aspire to be a Kardashian. Neither am I saying that the selfie phenomena is a bad thing – hey, it’s a bit of harmless fun, yes? But with so many celebrities posting selfies it’s a trend that was bound to catch on, sooner or later. 

It’s all music to the ears of the commercial sector, of course, eager to make a quick killing out of a trend. Enter ‘selfie app’ in Google’s search bar and it’ll bring up pages and pages of phone apps promising to help you create a selfie masterpiece.


Pocket-lint.com has a useful list of the best iPhone selfie apps here. Some are free, such as Frontback (above) which enables you to use both front and back cameras to create a single image, ie one that shows both your expression and the subject you were looking at when the photo was taken.


Then there’s Facetune, a £1.99 app that lets you erase unwelcome blemishes or spots on your skin. You can also use it to whiten your teeth in a selfie (or shot of someone else), even change your eye or hair colour.

If you’re a non Apple household (like us), then the Droid Report has a similar list of the best Android selfie apps here.

The tools available are not just confined to apps. There’s selfie hardware too. Like the just launched £14.95 Selfy Stick (above), an extendable rod with a Bluetooth shutter button “to make distance selfies and group shots a piece of cake”. More info here.

Then there’s the Selfie Brush (above). This has a paddle brush on one side and a phone case with mirror on the other.  You prep your hair with the brush side, then switch the Selfie Brush around to check your look and take a snap. Priced at $19.99 (no UK pricing currently). Available for iPhone 5 and 5s, with more models to come. More info here.

But the ultimate tool has surely got to be this – a wrist mounted drone with an onboard camera that springs in to the air in front of you to take the perfect selfie (above).  Called Nixie it’s been developed by a researcher at Stanford University in the US. Don’t rush to the shops quite yet though, as the drone is still in prototype. More info here.

So, own up, how many selfies do you take a week?

*Source: Tesco Mobile
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13 comments

  1. I'm not sure how many selfies I take a week, but I am guilty of probably taking too many x

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  2. I can honestly say I don't take any selfies. Personally they're not for me and it gets annoying seeing my Facebook riddled with people pouting in 10 million different ways lol! Before I had kids however, I was the selfie QUEEN! Oh how things change when you have kids!

    Laura x x x

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  3. Sorry i am not a lover of taking selfies, my kid's on the other hand are always taking them. I am very camera shy lol X

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  4. I try to keep it to one selfie a week, but now that I see all these gadgets exist I should up my game! :) Kidding, but I really am a bit surprised that people would buy gear for their selfies, software - ok, hardware - too much!

    Yaya ♥ My Dreamality

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  5. Lol, I don't take selfies as often as i used to, but that selfie stick is my favorite of the five selfie-related tools, for sure! :o)

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  6. I don't take selfies. I have taken maybe one or two in my whole life, but maybe I should do more. I just think it's somehow a bit too self-centered, but it's ok if everyone else does it, right? :)
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  7. I can't believe how many selfie gadgets there are. I always hate photos of myself x

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  8. Great overview on the art of taking pics of oneself! I've always wondered about setting up a camera on a tripod and taking blog pics of myself--should there ever be a time my photographer (hubby) was away on a biz trip. xx T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  9. Amazing post, I take too many selfie's hahaha...would you like to follow each other on Bloglovin? follow me and leave a comment on my blog and i shall surely be following you back

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  10. LOL- the selfie brush- what has the world come too! Everybody thinks she is a super model hehe. Really funny. Now why did you not end this post with a wonderful selfie of yourself? But it is cool that we can make now pictures so easily and have so many memories in pictures. I can´t believe that I was actually life there when the wall came down in Germany and nobody of us has one single photo of that! Today every little unimportant situation gets a picture take. hah funny life. Kisses my dear Tracey, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  11. Wow.... im shocked about the over 55's taking them.... im living in a little stereotype world in my head, oh dear! I like the idea of the front back app. :-)

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  12. OMG that selfie brush is CRAZY :D I don't know if it's amazing idea or quite strange one, have to think about it :D

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  13. Very entertaining information. found a lot of things for yourself useful.
    go selfie

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