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Oxford Dictionaries has named ‘Selfie‘ the Word Of The Year for 2013. The august organization awarded selfie the honor ahead of “twerk” and “Bitcoin,” amongst others, not because of its newness — it’s been in use since at least 2002 — but because of its rise in popularity in recent times.

This rise to being a legitimate phenomenon is thanks to smartphones 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone You may feel pressured into buying a smartphone, even though you're perfectly happy with your (so-called) dumbphone. Don't be. Read More , social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and photo-sharing apps such as Instagram Tired Of Boring Selfies? 10 Instagram Gems You Don't Want To Miss Tired Of Boring Selfies? 10 Instagram Gems You Don't Want To Miss Instagram has more than 100 million active users. How do you find the really awesome users to follow? The ones that upload photos that are actually worth your time? We found 10. Read More and Snapchat Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android] Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android] So you want to text someone a private flirty or goofy photo or video of yourself, but you know that images and videos can be shared and circulated on the Internet very quickly. Well it... Read More , the combination of which has made selfies commonplace. But this medium shouldn’t be taken lightly, and there are many things you need to avoid when taking selfies.

Pathetic Poses

Selfies are always going to be posed to a certain extent because you’re taking a shot of yourself and know exactly when the shutter is going to click. However, posing is one thing, pulling a stupid face is quite another.

No one wants to see you pulling a duck face or sparrow face. No one wants to see you sticking your tongue out in tribute to Miley Cyrus. No one wants to see your double chin, your fake shocked expression, or your creepy stalker face. Just be your natural self, not some bizarre, non-funny, comedy version of yourself.

Near Nakedness

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Celebrities are the worst examples of this penchant for revealing flesh. Not a day goes by that Justin Bieber doesn’t post a picture of his naked torso or Kim Kardashian doesn’t post a picture of her shapely behind. But they’re not the only perpetrators of this crime against humanity.

Whether you’re a friend, a family member, or just some random dude or dudette on Instagram; very few people appreciate the level of undress some people insist upon. I say very few, because there is always the odd exception. But please, retain your modesty at all costs because some things should remain private Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook Ah, Facebook. The grandfather of all social networks, where we all share all sorts of weird things without a second thought. Despite its horrible reputation when it comes to privacy, Facebook still manages to lull... Read More .

Repulsive Reflections

The most common form of selfie is that taken with a smartphone in one hand. These are tolerable, assuming the other mistakes listed here are avoided. There is also the timed selfie, which can result in some interesting results. And then there is the reflection selfie, which is a no-no from start to finish.

These are selfies taken using a mirror or other reflective surface, which usually results in the camera or smartphone — or even worse, the tablet or laptop — appearing in shot. These never look good, even when creative types try to pull off some Inception-style shenanigans with multiple reflections happening at once.

Preening Partners

A selfie is so-called because it’s meant to be a shot of you. You and only you. Ideally nobody else should appear in the shot, though there is obviously some scope for cutesy pictures of you and your significant other enjoying yourselves.

Your significant other should be as far as it goes though. Which means no crying babies or sulking children, no pets trying to escape to freedom, and, especially, no strangers who have happened to wander into frame as you’re preparing to shoot. They don’t want to be a part of your selfie, so don’t force them to be so.

Loathsome Locations

Each individual has their own idea of a suitable setting for their selfie. It could be relaxing on the sofa, stressing on public transport, or having fun on a rollercoaster. These are all fine, but there are a few places that should be avoided when taking selfies.

Bathrooms are not welcome, and yet for some reason people seem keen on taking selfies in the smallest room in the house. Places of worship should be avoided for obvious reasons, especially if you’re attending a funeral. And worst of all are serious places, such as memorials, cemeteries, and former concentration camps. Have some respect, not only for those around you but for yourself as well.

The Best Solution Of All!

There is one other thing to bear in mind when considering taking a selfie. Which is the option not to take a selfie at all. I know, it’s a tough thing to contemplate, but rest assured that the world will continue turning if you decide not to unleash this veiled vanity Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid Annoying Overload: 10 Social Photo Trends To Avoid Despite my complete lack of snobbiness when it comes to photography, the emergence of social networks and smartphones have combined to mean photos are an integral part of the Web, and I'm not convinced that's... Read More on its population.

If you insist on posting endless selfies on the Internet then at least follow these simple rules about what to avoid. Then follow our advice on how to take great selfies This Is How You Take Self Shots This Is How You Take Self Shots There's nothing vain about taking photos of ourselves. In fact, we can often be our best subject. Read More . Your friends, family, and followers will all appreciate the extra effort.

Image Credits: Bob Dass, Sarah-Rose, Keirsten Bulakas, Steven Guzzardi, Sarah Stierch, Missy S.

  1. Lehlohonolo Ramphalile
    July 16, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I normally unfollow friends or individuals whom I always find their post about their selfies, and everyday it's about them. I don't learn much from them, that's why I decide to unfollow them.
    Selfies are not my thing, any day.

  2. Near
    February 20, 2014 at 6:03 am

    ORZ Haha
    The best way is kill all the cameras.
    xx
    Near
    nearstyle.com

  3. dragonmouth
    November 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Selfies are for self-indulgent, arrogant twits. It takes a lot of chutzpah to think that the rest of the universe wants to see your ugly puss or your overweight slug body.

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I want to see you do a selfie.

    • dragonmouth
      December 3, 2013 at 12:50 am

      As "Dirty" Harry Callahan is wont to say "A man's gotta know his limitations." I know mine. Unfortunately I am not as pretty as you, so I will not be imposing my mug on the world-wide audience any time in the forseable future. :P

    • Dave P
      December 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Pfft, I'm a troll! I just chose a picture with excellent lighting.

      What about if we give you a T-shirt? ;)

    • dragonmouth
      December 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Are you trying to bribe me? :P

      I'm not a self-indulgent, arrogant twit.

  4. Matthew H
    November 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    You mention Duck Face and Sparrow Face, but no Mallard Mouth? What gives, man.

  5. Bumferry H
    November 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I've never understood why people who take those idiotic pictures in the bathroom don't turn their camera around and use the mirror to look at the screen so that their phone/camera is NOT in the shot.
    Plus taking a picture of yourself in the bathroom means that every time somebody sees you they instinctively think of you sat on the toilet.

    Can't believe it's been named the word of 2013......

    • dragonmouth
      November 29, 2013 at 2:02 am

      "Plus taking a picture of yourself in the bathroom means that every time somebody sees you they instinctively think of you sat on the toilet."

      Or they will think you are just full of s**t.

    • Dave P
      December 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Because idiots. Simples.

  6. rflulling
    November 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    My father told me one very useful thing about taking pictures. It should always look like it shot itself. No hand, no shadow, no reflection. Any of those things will spoil the photo. I mean who want to see a front page picture of a building building with the photographer standing in the reflection? If you are going to take a self shot, doors, mirrors and other odd things should not be behind you. Mountains, feilds, walls, lakes, those are good backgrounds. Use a tripod, even a pocket sized one. Shoot the location size it up. Then use a timer. Set your pose, check it and repeat until you get it right.

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I've purposely put my silhouette in a shot on occasion for purely artistic reasons, but overall I agree with your father.

      Selfies are a relatively new form of self-expression, so I'm not sure the same rules apply!

    • Ryan Dube
      May 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      That's true - nearly every device these days has the ability to take a timed shot on a tripod. It's not that difficult.

  7. George
    November 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Take selfies the way you wish & like and don't give a damn! You deserve to be happy!

    • dragonmouth
      November 29, 2013 at 2:01 am

      You certainly do deserve to make a total arse out of yourself.

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      OK, but don't post them online and make everyone else miserable then!

  8. Adam T
    November 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Hey that first photo is in Wellington New Zealand, my hometown, thats the beehive behind it

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Ha, small world. What would have been even better is if it were you in the photo.

  9. Koja
    November 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Best solution:
    Dont take selfies... EVER

    • Dave P
      December 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Exactly as we suggested in the final two paragraphs!

    • pimp
      December 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      wack

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