Falcon’s Guide to Summer Selfies
Fancy photography is all well and good, but who doesn’t love to take a selfie from time to time? When all you need is your phone and a few seconds to snap a picture (and maybe a selfie stick if you’re really going all out), there’s no better way to document your travels.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — everywhere you look on social media this summer you’ll be bombarded with holiday selfies from your friends while they’re out on their adventures. How can you make yours stand out from the crowd? Follow our quick guide and you’ll be taking selfies like a pro in no time.
Location, location, location
The first rule of the holiday selfie: despite the name, it’s not all about you. If you can’t see the background, how is anyone going to know that you’re touring Europe and not just hanging out in your back garden? Of course, to find the perfect background, you’re going to need a great location.
A destination like Greece, teeming with historical landmarks, makes finding an iconic backdrop a breeze. Once you’ve picked a spot, stand off to the side and let the landmark take centre stage. Whether it’s a small statue or a sprawling sight like the Acropolis of Lindos, all it takes is some strategic positioning and you’ll be good to go.
Natural wonders also make impressive backgrounds for your selfies, so seek out distinctive spots, like Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica —this won’t be mistaken for any old waterfall! However, watch out for being photobombed by strangers accidentally when it gets busy. Get there early in the morning and you might just manage to capture the scene while it’s relatively empty.
The selfie is the ideal photo for solo travellers. If you’ve ventured all the way to Mexico, you can let everyone back home know with a stellar Chichen Itza shot – without the awkward posing while a stranger fumbles with your camera.
Remember that nobody will to want to look through an album of the same photo taken in different places. If your selfies are all solo, mix them up with different angles, lighting, poses and expressions. The possibilities are endless!
Whether you’re lounging on a beautiful beach in Portugal, eating an Instagram-worthy meal in Turkey, or sipping cocktails by the sea in Spain, there are bound to be moments on a group or family holiday that you want to capture. Everyone wants to be a part of the action in front of the camera, which makes the best solution to take a selfie.
As Ellen DeGeneres’s infamous 2014 Oscar selfie proved, selfies and big groups do go together. Apparently, the kids are calling them ‘usies’ these days. The trick is not to crowd in too close to the camera. Try standing up while your friends sit behind you, or let the tallest person take the photo.
With a little bit of practice, you’ll be producing selfie masterpieces in no time. Let the good times roll!