Lights, camera, action: What kind of a selfie taker are you?
The Humanitarian, the Celebrity Specialist, the Perfectionist—we are surrounded by people who either have or are still mastering the art of taking a selfie.Updated: Jul 24, 2018 15:24 IST
Scan through Ritesh Jethva’s Instagram page, and you’d find pictures featuring prominent personalities such as Nikhil Chinappa, Disha Patani, Ranvijay Singha, Sophie Choudry, Arjun Kapoor, and Raftaar. Sharing each of these 250-odd frames is also Ritesh, whose eyes give away the thrill of it all.
“I just love taking selfies with celebrities. When people ask me why, I tell them, ‘It’s not every day that you get to meet Bipasha Basu or Ranveer Singh. So, when you do find a chance, you need to freeze the moment with a selfie’,” exclaims the 24-year-old from Mumbai, who also boasts of a selfie with Shah Rukh Khan.
Do we have a name for Ritesh based on his love for selfies? It’s definitely going to be the ‘Celebrity Specialist’.
But wait, he’s surely not the only kind? Let’s take a look at some of the other types of selfie takers that we often come across.
When Soumya Sen (24) walks into a restaurant, he isn’t only on the lookout for what’s best on the menu. He also makes it a point to click multiple selfies—with both the décor and the food in the background—before putting them up on social media.
“Pictures like that fetch me comments such as, ‘Hey, I wish I could travel to this place you went to or eat the food you ate!’ This means my selfies make everybody happy, and that, in turn, makes me happy,” says the Bengaluru-based software engineer and part-time food blogger, adding that, “A selfie can’t be only about your face. It has to serve a greater purpose!”
Now, isn’t ‘The Humanitarian’ the appropriate title for Soumya, and all others like him?
The Never-Quite-Satisfied Soul
How many tries does it take to get the perfect selfie? Ask New Delhi-based Hemant Sandhu (22), and he’d probably say, “I am still figuring it out.” The MNC professional confesses that if he takes anywhere between 15 and 20 selfies, he’ll manage to like one, or even none.
So, why does he still take selfies? “Because, can anybody be possibly ready to take 20 pictures of mine?”
When asked why he thinks his selfies aren’t up to the mark, he remarks, “I guess it’s my face; can I do something about it?”
Seems Hemant will never quite be satisfied, no matter how many selfies he takes! Go talk to him if you can relate to his feelings.
The Unrelenting Spirit
Jui Banerjee (36), a Noida-based homemaker, was in for a good laugh on her trip to Paris last year. She recalls how a friend who was accompanying her visited the Eiffel Tower twice only because he had forgotten to take a selfie there the first time, and came back with “a close-up picture of his face, with only the tip of the tower visible.”
“It was hilarious. He really doesn’t know the basics of taking a selfie,” says Jui. Another time, at a party, the same friend took a groupfie where he himself was barely noticeable.
But, all said and done, nothing stops Jui’s friend from taking selfies. After the incident at Paris, Jui has dubbed him the ‘Unrelenting Spirit’. Raise your hands if you are one, too!
Imagine pizza sitting right under your nose, but you can’t touch it. It’s because you are waiting to eat it with your friend, who’s busy taking pictures of herself on her phone. And, just when you think she’s done, she says, “Hold on. I think my hair was not quite right in this picture.”
Something similar happened to Mriganka Sen, a journalist from New Delhi, when she had gone to a café with a colleague.
“I was very hungry, and couldn’t wait to eat the food that had just come in. But my colleague went on taking selfies because she couldn’t find the ‘right angle’. Completely fed up, I ordered something only for myself,” reminisces the 27-year-old.
Perhaps, it’s these little traits that make our selfies so unique and memorable. After all, a selfie is about celebrating yourself, just the way you are. A new TVC by OPPO aptly conveys this message.
The leading electronics gadget maker recently came out with the OPPO F7, which has a 25 MP front camera. It is also AI-powered, meaning it lets an algorithm decide how much beautification is needed to enhance the quality of your pictures, without making them look too processed. There is also a ‘Vivid’ mode, which allows you to add colour to your selfie, thereby making it look more vibrant.
The best part is that the camera comes with Sensor HDR technology, which lets you take selfies in challenging light conditions. Oh, and did you know that OPPO is the first smartphone company to offer a Super Full Screen display that has a resolution of 2280x1080 pixels? No matter where you are and what you are doing, this phone will let you make every moment special with a selfie.
Shutterbugs, are you ready?