Taiwanese illustrator nagee drew this comic showing the evolution of the group portrait from between 1990 and 2014. From simple posed photos taken by a photographer outside the frame to selfies captured with selfie sticks.
Oppo, the Chinese company behind some of the most unusual smartphones we’ve ever reported on, is back at it again with the N3. The successor to the N1 smartphone they released last September, the new N3 takes the lineup’s instantly recognizable swivel camera to the next level by giving it a motor.
A strange story from over in Florida: the Tampa Bay Times reports that back in August, a 23-year-old man named Andrew Noll (picture above at right) was shot by his former lover.
When the home’s alarm went off and she heard someone coming up the stairs, she grabbed a 9mm Ruger. When the door opened, she fired. A bullet sliced through Noll’s chest and exited his back, piercing a painting on the wall behind him. [...]
As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie.
Now that’s one “decisive moment” that resulted from some very strange priorities…
(via Boing Boing)
Image credit: Photograph of Simpson and Noll by the Tampa Police Department
Front facing cameras on smartphones have traditionally been dwarfed by the camera on the back. After all, you’re supposed to take “serious” photos with the rear camera, and the front one is mainly used for things like video conferencing, right?
Well, the emergence of “selfie culture” is changing the game. As more and more people snap and share self-portraits using their front cameras, phones are evolving to meet this need. HTC’s new Desire Eye is one such phone: it features the world’s most powerful front-facing camera.
While taking the first of three scheduled spacewalks aboard the International Space Station this month, the Expedition 41 team decided to make the most of their 6 hour and 13 minute spacewalk by taking some incredible photographs of their mission. Beforehand though, they made sure to turn the camera on themselves, capturing a few self portraits while hanging around outside of their vehicle almost 100 miles above Earth’s surface.
Photographer and filmmaker Matthew Frost recently teamed up with actress Kirsten Dunst to create a short film commenting on today’s selfie-obsessed culture.
In the film, Kirsten Dunsts plays herself meeting two selfie-obsessed fans who don’t care to talk to her, ask her any questions, or really interact with her in any way other than to take selfies and ask her to tag them so they can get more likes and followers. Check it out for yourself above. It makes for a good Saturday morning chuckle… and perhaps a sigh.
(via Laughing Squid)
Photography pioneer Oscar Rjlander captured a self-portrait in the 1850s that is being hailed as yet another ‘first selfie ever.’ But whether or not it really is the first (and that doesn’t seem to be the case) it can probably claim to be the most valuable selfie (based on what we could uncover) after being sold at auction for over $100,000. Read more…
Whether you’re looking for ridiculous reach or social-friendly, strangely-shaped cameras, Canon’s got you covered today with the last of its camera announcements from Photokina. Not as exciting as the Sony-competitor G7 X or the long-awaited 7D Mark II, the two other point-and-shoots Canon debuted are nevertheless interesting additions to the family. Read more…