What is a selfie pole and should we be obsessed with self portraits?
Ten years ago, it would have been considered self-centered, self-adoring, or perhaps even labeled narcissistic by many.
Today it's accepted as normal behavior.
Selfie poles, also known as selfie monopods, cameras on a stick and camera extenders are a hot selling commodity in the world of camera accessories and social media sharing of our lives with anyone who will listen.
There are several articles (see the links on the right) about all of the features and options available if you are looking to buy one. This article raises the issue of whether taking selfies is just a temporary fad or a trend toward self-expression.
Bradley Cooper's now famous selfie, packed with the hottest movie stars, using Ellen DeGeneres' phone at the Oscars, gives us all justification to shoot selfies, right?
Many commented that his arms weren't long enough to include everyone in the photo. Enter the solution: the selfie pole. Getting the extra distance between you and your subjects gives you the ability to include more in your photo.
Here are two opposing views on this hot topic. Do these camera and smart phone accessories contribute to egocentric and self-centered behavior or are they a great photography tool to use?
1. Selfies can satisfy our need for self expression. Western civilization has been creating self portraits for centuries. Social media, Smart phones and camera extending arms are simply technology tools to be used for our convenience.
2. Photography is a great way for us to connect as human beings. The emergence of digital photography and the internet has created the super-connected world. Photography is a universal language that can be understood by all nations and peoples.
Many of the emotional issues arise out of bad decisions on how we use the technology, not the technology itself.
Enter the iphone accessory, the CaseCam. Fans of the selfie, you've got options. No monopod, or pole required-it's a cell phone camera case that includes a clever mirror for taking those self portraits of you and your friends wherever you are: here is the link to the CaseCam on KickStarter.com.
The CaseCam will have some limitations, particularly in situations where you don't have a convenient place to st your phone down, as well as situation where you want to shoot video and change the direction of your camera as you shoot.
A good collapsible selfie pole also give you some new and fun creative ways to use a monopod.
Shoot more photos. Shoot better photos