After a few months of looking at other people using this stick and after meeting a guy who was very creative with his selfie stick, I decided to get one 3 months ago and it has been a fun ride so far with my selfie stick. Just remember to think a little on how to use it and not to use it.
Most people in real life like your selfie stick.
One thing one can fear when you have a selfie stick is that other people might get angry at you for having it, when you look at how unpopular it is on social media, where I always see dozens of people hating the thing. But when I am out in real life then I find that people are very curious about it and want to have their photo taken with it and often photograph me using it. I am careful not to be standing and blocking peoples way with my selfie stick, cause then you can quickly be annoying, but I will get to that later when I talk selfie stick etiquette.
Don’t just do the average selfie photos with the stick.
I do not have a selfie stick cause I want to take photos of myself in front of famous landmarks. I might take one from time to time, but my main purpose is that I can get some cool angles that I would otherwise not be able to get. Try to put it up high so that you get photographed from above, or put it on the ground ot behind your foot soles and then you will see that you get some new funny and creative angles for your photos. When people tell me that I can just get someone else to take the photo instead of using the stick, then it only shows to me that they are never ever thinking about creative photo angles, cause when you hand most people a camera and ask them to take a photo of you and try to explain them how you want it taken, you can be pretty fucking sure that they will not take it the way you want it, cause they do not think of a photo as something that differs greatly all depending on what angle it’s taken from, so get yourself a selfie stick if you have a creative photo mind.
Use it when you normally wouldn’t take a photo.
Use the selfie stick when you are taking a bath, taking a shit, drying your socks or whatever. It’s these situations where you can often create some funny photos as long as you are not afraid to look a little silly and laugh at yourself.
Is it the wand of narcissus?
There is a narcissistic thing to the selfie stick for sure, but I think this can be turned in to something funny as long as you are not using it to take 10 new profile photos a day for your facebook profile, so that everyone can tell you that you are pretty. Hell, I am never gonna get that myself anyway. I’m a 45 year old chubby guy and I still love my selfie stick, cause I don’t mind to be goofy with it and make a fool out of myself and in these times we live in, people they do like when a story is personal and a story will always be more personal if there is a photo of the person who is the center of the story. Bear in mind that I am again NOT talking about “me in front of everything I wrote about” but more a way to put a little humor in to a story, while you actually show your blog readers who the writer is.
And can we have some selfie stick etiquette please.
One of the main reasons why the stick is unpopular in some places is that people are blocking the way with the stick and in some cases hitting people in the head with it. So don’t take it when there is half a million people around you, unless you can use it in a way so it does not become a pain. A hand held selfie photo without using the stick will do just fine if you are at a concert for instance, so there is no reason to use the stick unless you actually have something creative in mind. Even if I have the stick, I also do some handheld selfies, cause the situation is not always for using the stick. If you just want a photo of yourself in front of let’s say the Eiffel Tower and the place is crowded, then ask someone to take it, so you don’t smack 6 old german tourists in the face with your stick. And if you want some selfie stick photos in places that are crowded then go there very early or very late when there are very few or no people there. I wanted to take a selfie photo recently on a glass platform on top of a cliff on Madeira island, but that place is often very crowded, so I went during the time when there are hardly any visitors and I got a couple of photos there, even if I was shit scared of lying on my back on a piece of glass with 580 meter free fall underneath. So let us have some selfie stick etiquette please.