“For me, the subject of the
picture is always more important than the picture.”
— Diane Arbus
Recently, I’ve been taking a lot of selfies.
And no, it’s not because I’m a narcissist (well, maybe that, too), but
because a certain special someone sometimes
requests them of me.
being who I am, I like to ensure
that every selfie sent has my
best angle, the proper lighting, the correct
white balance, exposure, aperture, and framing.
But then I started thinking—what does the research say? Do would research recommend that
I spend tooso
much time preparing my photos? Or would
I get a better response by
it be best to try to suppressing this perfectionist urge this clinical
and send something more “off the cuff”?
So, although this research has largely focused on the effect of photos
in the context of social media posts, the same logic can apply to
selfies you share with others:
Those that are taken
without much set-up or preamble will likely be received more
positively than those that look like they took a while to stage.
Now that you’re familiar with the research, you might try to make
your “posed” photos seem more candid…
However, by now knowing this research, it is possible to make a
posed photo seem more candid…
Be careful, though; some people, like the “special someone” I’ve
been sending selfies to, will be
if you’re sending those selfies to a young woman as astute as I
have been, she’s able
to determine when your “candid” photos took about 37 attempts to
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