For those who are not well versed in internet speak, here is a definition of “selfie” from urbandictionary.com:
A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website.
You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them…
I like taking photos when travelling but I do not have a lot of photos of myself.
In fact, I checked my Hoi An albums and found that out of the 440 photos I took, I was in 5 of them.
The reason I do not have as much photos of myself when travelling solo is that I am easily embarrassed and I do not ask strangers to take photos of me.
While I’ve not taken many photos of myself, I’ve devised a few ways to take a selfie when travelling:
1. Arm stretching
Basic level of taking a selfie is holding your camera at arm’s length. Make sure that not too much double chin appears.
2. Mirror mirror
3. Balance it on things
Taking a photo this way requires an empty area, with no one to gawk at the poor tourist smiling at a camera on a timer or to steal your camera.
First set your camera’s timer (10 seconds is more than enough). Find a flat area to balance your camera. Look into the view finder/screen to guess where you should stand. Press the button to get the timer running. Run to the place to take a photo.
4. Hang it on things
While waiting for the shot to take, pray hard that the camera doesn’t turn to the other direction or it will take a photo of the opposite direction.
5. Take photo of shadow
It works best if you have a unique headshape or weird shaped clothes.