Selfie sticks have been a hot topic of popular culture over the past year. In case you don’t know what one is, it’s basically a pole that holds your cell phone to allow you to take self-portraits easier and at a greater distance. Often critics claim self-centered narcissistic people on social media use this new picture-taking device. Other pundits anyone using one just looks stupid. Now those are strong words, but they are real words that can be found in more than one article. However, there are two ways a selfie stick can be used positively.
The first is for basic photography. It was about a year ago that I saw a selfie stick for the first time and I thought it was a great idea. This was because the selfie stick was being used to take a picture of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Rather than taking a picture of himself, the user was using the monopod on his camera phone to take a better shot of the Memorial. By using the selfie stick he was able to eliminate the large crowd that would have hindered his photographic shot. So a selfie stick can be practically used to aid one in their photography. [Read more…]