Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web 5 Situations Where You Need a Selfie Stick Sometimes taking a regular selfie just doesn't cut it by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on June 15, 2020 Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email A selfie stick is a monopod for your smartphone that extends outward so you can take better selfies. Your phone connects to the selfie stick, so all you have to do is push a button on the end that you're holding. Here are five common situations that might require a selfie stick for photos. If you plan on uploading your pictures and movies to video sharing apps and photo sharing apps for iPhone and Android, make sure you use appropriate selfie lighting to take the best selfie possible. 01 of 05 When You Need to Fit Multiple People in a Group Selfie Photo © Getty Images For a solo selfie, holding your arm out the old fashioned way usually works fine. However, if you want to get two or more people in one shot, you'll need to grab a selfie stick. You should then be able to easily fit everyone into your group photo. 02 of 05 When You're Traveling and Want to Capture the Background Scenery It's not uncommon to find a selfie stick in the wild when there are tourists around. When people travel to someplace new, they often want to remember everything they saw by capturing it in a digital photo or video format. 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. 03 of 05 When You Don't Want to Bother a Stranger to Take a Photo for You Lisa Werner/Moment Mobile/Getty Images When you need to take a group picture, it's common practice to ask a stranger to take a photo that gets everyone and everything in the shot. However, strangers won't know how to operate your phone's camera, so they could end up capturing a terrible shot that's off-center or too dark. A selfie stick cuts out the middle person and gives you greater control over how your pictures turn out. 04 of 05 When You Hate Seeing Your Arm in Your Selfies AzmanL / Getty Images Holding your arm out far enough to take a selfie can be awkward, and you can almost always see your arm in the photo anyway. Holding out your arm for long periods of time also gets tiring. 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. The selfie stick is also helpful for taking multiple photos or long videos when you just don't have the strength to hold up your arm. 05 of 05 When You Want to Capture More Creative Viewpoints Kevin Frayer/Getty Images News Selfie sticks allow you to get more 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 a fisheye effect in your photos. It's also just a handy tool to have for keeping your phone stabilized when you're ready to snap a few selfies.