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A few ways to use a selfie stick other than to take photos of yourself

Elias Plastiras | Feb. 12, 2015
Whether you hate the selfie stick or not, it's a tool that has it's place in photography and video making.

Selfie sticks have been banned from some arenas in different parts of the world, as well as local venues such as Sydney's Allphones Arena, for various reasons including safety and photography policies. If you do find yourself in a crowd, especially outdoors, a selfie stick is a good way to get your camera or smartphone up above a crowd to snap interesting angles of a stage or indeed the crowd itself.

If you're at a park on in a garden, consider a selfie stick for low-down angles of pets or vegetation. You can get some cool shots while walking your dog, for example, or dramatic angles of plants and flowers without having to get on your stomach.

Then there are the little ways you can use selfie sticks around the home. This may sound silly, but if you've ever needed to plug something in to your amplifier and haven't been able to see where the ports are, you can use the selfie stick to angle your phone back there and get a photo of the layout. This will allow you to see where the appropriate ports are, and could save you from having to move things around or craning your neck just to plug in a new component. You'll have to use the flash in most cases, and ideally there will need to be a bit of space between the phone and the subject in order for the phone to properly focus.

Likewise, any other spots around the home that are hard to reach could benefit from a selfie stick extension. Tradesman could also keep one handy to take photos of awkward spots while scoping out jobs if they don't have a ladder handy (or if they don't want to lie down on the ground).

As you can see, there is more utility to the selfie stick than meets the eye, and a good selfie stick could end up coming handy in situations where you want to take pictures that are different from the norm. If you're considering getting a selfie stick, then look for one that has a solid build quality.

 

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