The Thing About Selfies …


The smartphone woke up the photographer in all of us! And there are a lot of “us” out there!

Ever since cell phones started coming with a camera, the most popular thing to do has been to take a selfie, a picture of yourself, and post in on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook.

It is becoming more and more difficult to be able to take a picture—especially travel photography—without having a few photographers marching in front of your frame, or taking an incredible long time taking a selfie just in front of that special view.

Selfies are popping up everywhere, while some people love them, others—like me—hate them, yet they are as popular as ever. My only—and very few—selfies are the ones taken with friends as a momento in a particular situation. Personally I do not think I need to have a selfie of myself in front of any building or place I go.

Photography as a hobby became even more popular lately, and thanks to digital cameras, smartphones, and the many photo sharing sites made it more accessible and affordable.

Most photographers with real cameras know how to go about in taking a photo, but casual photographers tend to disregard the etiquette for proper shutterbug behavior.


Pictures with smartphones are usually taken by opening and raising both arms, hence taking way more visual space than using a reflex camera. Moreover, they are usually slower than photographers with regular cameras.

People should be considerate, especially the tourists. I usually wait for someone to capture a shot, but it is not OK to take more time than necessary. And then not to move away from that special spot that everybody want to see.

I used a zoom for this picture. I was rather far away from the spotlight.

When I took the above picture, I had to go to a young lady and ask her to move from standing exactly in front of the parade (she was filming), hence preventing everybody else the pleasure of a good shot.

Passerby sometimes inadvertently walk into someone’s photo, it happens! But it would be nice to pay attention, and avoid to do it purposely. Or if so, offering an apology with a beautiful gregarious smile would be wonderful!

By the way, is it really a must to have your picture taken in front of some event (or in front of some guy like the guy in green in the picture below) and ruining everybody else’s photo?

Moreover, is it also necessary to raise the hand with the “V” sign? V for what? I think that the only person that could do that is still Sir Winston Churchill. All others should abstain.

Have you noticed other bad behavior? Thank you for them in the comments.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

2 thoughts on “The Thing About Selfies …

  1. I am not a fan of selfish selfies. I prefer “themsies” of the interesting people I have met from around the world along with “placies” of all the fabulous spots I have visited. But again, that’s just me.


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