Selfies: A Shooting Guide for RoadsideAmerica.com

Though "selfies" have been around since the dawn of photography, the fad set snapshots ablaze in recent years, chiefly through smartphone cameras with decent resolution, use of selfie sticks, etc. We're seeing more selfies submitted, and everyone looks happy out there on the road. At RoadsideAmerica.com though, the attractions are still the stars, so many selfies aren't posted by our editors because, well, just because.

So here's a little guidance to help you avoid obvious pitfalls.

Lincoln Statue, San Francisco.

Accepted.

First, always photograph the attraction by itself. If we already have good straight-on shots, be creative.

 

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Accepted.

You can submit multiple photos, so a shot with a friend or family is great. In our example (which really isn't a selfie), John Wilkes Booth poses next to San Francisco's Abe Lincoln statue to provide some scale...

This is an ideal balance of spectator and statue.

The couple approaches.

Rejected.

In this shot, the couple dominates the shot, appearing larger than the attraction itself. While it is a fun keepsake from a trip, it won't be all that interesting to other Roadside America users (unless you are actually a former US President and First Lady).

Rejected.

The couple looms.

Rejected.

This shot would likely also be rejected. But it is kind of crazy that these two would submit it, so you never know if we're tired and looking for a laugh, it might end up accepted for a Hall of Narcissism gallery.

Rejected.

My girlfriend.

Rejected.

Rejected.

We hold these truths to be selfie evident.

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