Selfies. Selfies are adorable. To the uninitiated, selfies are self-portrait photography or in my terms perfect for solo photography. The problem with travelling solo is that a lot of my photos are just, well, photos of everything WITHOUT me in it. What’s the fun of visiting iconic buildings or places without having one with you in it? I like to think of it as my proof that I was there. Unfortunately, selfies don’t always work for me.
Why is this so? I’m a selfie idiot, I have a short arm and I feel too self-conscious to take one myself.
Having a short arm means my face is usually close to the camera or my smartphone and then makes my face feature too prominently in the photos. Result? Selfie fail.
Being too self-conscious to take one myself means that I rush through the process. So it’s point and shoot and go. Result? Another selfie fail.
As a selfie idiot, I just struggle to take a selfie with me in it. Result? Epic selfie fail.
Most times, I end up asking someone to take my photo, using a tripod or just going without any photos of myself.
Carrying a tripod is quite troublesome and bulky though, so I prefer not to use this. Asking someone to take my photo is usually my preferred choice but it’s still a hit and miss as the photo may not always turn out the way I wanted it to be. Most of the time, I just go without taking any photos of myself.
But then again, perhaps all these struggles is just me. I have friends who are experts at this – move their arm here, face there, snap and voila, an amazingly awesome selfie. Me, I end up with a photo that has a big round face in it and very little of the background.
I’ll just have to keep practising, I suppose.
How do you take photos on solo travels? Any tips for selfies are greatly appreciated!!! 🙂