Taking Selfies with the Samsung Galaxy S5
A few months ago my old phone started acting up,
“No, Phone, I don’t need to receive the same text message 30 times in the middle of the night!”
So, I waited patiently for that glorious day when I could upgrade. August 11, 2014. It’s like an anniversary to me now. The day I purchased my Samsung Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S5 is everything I’ve ever wanted in a cell phone. It’s fast, it’s customizable, and if the battery goes wonky I can just buy a new one and replace it! This phone has it all…
Unless you’re Vivi and you’re trying to take a selfie.
Don’t get me wrong, the cameras on the phone are great! It’s just that the front-facing camera on the Galaxy S5 is a very wide angle lens, which can be tricky. Which is why this week’s By-The-Way Thursday is all about taking selfies with the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Let’s start by explaining what exactly is a selfie. Google defines a selfie as the following:
Selfie: ˈselfē/- noun, informala photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
Based on that definition, a selfie is a photo you generally share with hundreds (or if you’re popular, thousands) of people on social media. Ergo, you must look fab.u.lous in said selfie.
Photography tip: a wide angle lens is (generally) not a flattering lens for portraits because there is warping around the edges of frame.
And again, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a wide angle
selfie front-facing camera lens. Do we see where this is going?
To save you time, I’ve done the hard work of taking multiple selfies to find what I call, the Galaxy S5 Selfie Sweet Spot. Let’s take a look:
This is what I look like on your average day (and without brushing my hair…). Note: no warping.
Generic selfie w/ Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s a little warped. My face and neckline look larger:
Now let me point out the severity of the warping. I will point out that I have not moves my head position at all in these shots!
At the top of frame:
Holding camera out. My arms look twice as long:
What about holding the camera horizontally? Yes. There’s warping there too:
But! Here it is! Here’s the Galaxy S5 Selfie Sweet Spot:
You’ve got to be smack-dab in the middle of the frame with the camera held horizontally. Here I look the most like myself and warping is minimal! Yay!
Now, it may sound like I disapprove the Galaxy S5 front-facing camera, but that’s not the case. I’m merely pointing out that certain selfie ‘looks’ can be difficult to achieve with the warping from the wide lens. What I do love about this wide lens, though, is how creative you can get with your shots!
For example, I call this one “Cute Alien”
This one is called, “Scare Your Friends & Family Into Thinking You’re Pregnant!”
[hint: push your stomach out for a more dramatic look]
My friend Morgan Pelligrino invented this one called, “Beaking”
I call this, “Child’s Pose” or “Giant’s POV”
And last but not least, this is for everyone who wants that big tush & a tiny waist.