5 Situations Where You Need a Selfie Stick

Sometimes Taking a Regular Selfie Just Doesn't Cut It

You probably already know that the entire human race has recently become pretty obsessed with taking selfies, and now thanks to certain inconvenient selfie situations, a little smartphone tool appropriately dubbed by the Internet as the selfie stick is here to save the day.

In essence, the selfie stick is really just a monopod for your smartphone. Here's what it actually looks like and how you can buy one. You strap your phone to one end, hold the other end, and extend it outward so you can take as many photos or capture as much video footage of yourself as you want.

This trendy new gizmo is all the rage right now, and it turns out that even camera equipment retailers are struggling to restock them. But why would anyone use one, you might ask?

Here are just five common situations that might require the use of a selfie stick. You might look a little ridiculous holding your smartphone on the end of a stick from an onlooker's point of view, but at least your photos and videos will turn out fabulous.

1
You need to fit multiple people in a group selfie.

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For a solo selfie, holding your arm out the old fashioned way usually works fine. But if you want to get two or more people in one shot, then it can be a serious problem. Human arms just aren't meant to extend out that far. So grab your selfie stick and tell your friends to smile or strike a pose. You should easily be able to fit everyone into your group photo without much effort.

2
You're traveling and want to capture more of the scenery.

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It's not uncommon to find a selfie stick in the wild when there are tourists around. And when people travel to some place new, they often want to remember everything they saw by capturing it in digital photo or video format. But what could be better than having yourself in those photos and videos too? The selfie stick is a traveler's perfect solution for getting background scenery in a photo with your own face too.

3
You don't want to bother a stranger to take a photo for you.

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When you need to take a group photo or when you're traveling alone, most people resort to asking a nearby stranger to take a photo that gets everyone and everything in the shot. And then of course, as luck would have it, the stranger often has absolutely no idea how to operate your phone or camera, and then ends up taking a terrible photo that's off center or too dark or something. So why even bother? Two words: selfie stick! 

4
You hate seeing your arm in your selfies.

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Let's face it, holding your arm out far enough to take a selfie can be awkward, and you can almost always see the arm in the selfie photo anyway. Although aiming the selfie stick at just the right angle takes practice, it is possible to take great photos or videos without seeing the stick itself. Moreover, holding out your arm for long periods of time is tiring. The selfie stick is great for taking multiple photos or long videos when you just don't have the strength to hold your arm all the time.

5
You just want to capture more creative viewpoints.

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Last but not least, sometimes people just want to add a little extra pzazz to their selfies by using creative angles and different points of view. You can raise or lower the stick whichever way you want, and depending on the setting and position of the stick, you can even create somewhat of a fisheye effect in your photos. And of course, it's just great tool to have for keeping your phone stabilized when you're ready to snap a few good selfies. 

Tips for Taking Great Selfies

Your face is beautiful. Don't ruin it by taking bad photos of yourself under awkward lighting and then applying a hundred different filter effects to it. Use the tips discussed in the link above to improve your smartphone photography skills so you can take better selfies.