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How To Take A Good Selfie - Expert Tip #3



It is time to leverage your worth through your personal brand and join the social media revolution!


Did you know that the average millennial takes almost 26,000 selfies during the course of their lifetime or that ‘selfie’ was named the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013? It is incredible how much the term has evolved in only a couple of years!


I am Cynthia Coleman, a social media expert and lifestyle coach and I have partnered up with GlowTech to reveal the hidden mysteries of the social media industry. After working closely with fashion models, vloggers and influencers, I decided to share my experience, hoping that one day you will be one of them!


As promised earlier, I will expand on my 12 secrets for success. We already covered the right apps and filters, a well as the requirement for good lighting but today I want to introduce you to another dimension, the history of photography and selfies. Why not learn a bit of history to show your friends you really know what you are doing when taking photos?

Photography can trace its roots back in the 1700’s, when several scientists discovered that certain materials change colours when exposed to sunlight. Initially it was named heliography (god of sun in Greek mythology) meaning that you had to use a specially coated paper and capture an image with a camera, after several days’ exposure. Can you imagine, several days?


Although very crude, a French inventor named Joseph Niepce produced the first image in 1825 of his children playing with a horse. Incredible! Shortly after, the first self-portrait came from an American inventor named Robert Cornelius – the picture required him to sit motionless for 15 minutes! He operated the first ever photography studio, in Philadelphia.

Several scientists continued the work of the two by experimenting with other types of material coatings on sheets to improve the transparency. It wasn’t until 1870 that the first colour photography was obtained by applying filters of the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue. Soon after that, the phenomenon spread all over the world, from England to India, however it was a really expensive process, and the ones that could afford it usually tried to stand out from the crowd. In 1900’s, the duchess of Russia took a picture of herself to send it to a friend, showing how to phenomenon spread globally.


Digital photography started in 1957 with a picture of a baby, having a resolution of 176x176 pixels. Slow and steady the full process grew and Kodak is one of the pioneers of it! Today, their technology can be found in every smart device, dramatically increasing photographic activity worldwide.


Now that you understood photography, let’s talk about selfies. The term was used on a public forum in Australia for the first time in 2002 and it is very typical of Australian Language to shorten words and add ‘ie’ to the final. The firs image taken from arm’s length was in 1920 showing five men on a roof in Manhattan and it is now exposed in the Museum of New York!

The rise of Kodak cameras increased the number of self-portraits taken, especially as they had timers and allowed people several seconds to position themselves in the frame. Sony Ericsson Z1010 was the first phone (not smart) to feature a front facing camera, but the popularity of selfies came later when smartphone sales increased worldwide.


Now make sure you remember these facts and use them whenever necessary. Enjoy and good luck in building your personal brand.

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