Although the selfie stick has only recently jumped on the scene, already most people can say that they've seen someone using one somewhere. Since they are fairly new though, you may not know exactly what they're used for. Sure you might think they look a bit silly and yes you could just use your arm like the good ole days, but they might actually be more useful than you think. That's why I've compiled a list of the 7 advantages of using a selfie stick that you may not have thought of.
1. Fitting More People
We'll start with the obvious one, taking group selfies. Before the invention of the selfie stick, people took group selfies the only way they could, by stretching their arm out as far as humanly possible. This usually resulted in an awkward looking picture with everbody squeezing in uncomfortably close to each other. Unless you were 8 feet tall it never really worked that well. When you use selfie stick you can comfortably fit as many people as you'd like while at the same time save yourself from having to dislocate your shoulder just to fit everyone in.
Admit it, we all get picture happy when we travel. Whether it's a cool looking statue or funny sign on the street, we'll take a picture of just about anything. And for a lot of us we can't help but take a selfie in front of it. But just like a group shot, a lot of the time you can't fit the whole background in. With a selfie stick you can! Sure some people may give you a strange look but who are they kidding, it's just a matter of time before they get one of their own. Don't worry about having to lug it around with you either because you can easily retract it down to the size of a pencil and throw it in your bag.
3. No More Asking Strangers
Another great perk of using a selfie stick is no more having to seek out a random stranger to take a picture for you. That means no more searching for someone who looks like they won't steal your phone, no more standing there awkwardly waiting for them to figure out how to use it, and no more of those oblivious pedestrians walking right through the shot. I think we can all do without that.
4. Reaching Over People at Events
Have you ever been to a concert that you were super excited for only to get stuck behind that 6'7” guy. That's no fun, especially if you love taking videos of all the action. With a selfie stick you can easily reach over that giant guy in front of you and everyone else in front of him too. Just like that you've got a better angle than anyone to take an awesome video. Even though your view may have been obstructed, you're friends will think you had the best seat in the house!
5. Awesome Angles & Perspectives
Tired of taking the same old selfie? You're not alone. Everyone else is tired of seeing the same old selfie too. With a selfie stick you can finally change it up, keeping you and your Instagram followers intrigued. Take a pic from way down low like an 80's rap video or from way up high like the crazy man in the picture above. The possibilities are endless!
6. Action Shots
f you're someone who likes adventure, don't just rely on your storytelling skills alone for everyone to believe. Sometimes it needs to be on camera. A selfie stick is an awesome way to capture that once in a lifetime adventure you went on, like this breathtaking paraglide. Capturing a moment like that is priceless and would be pretty tough to do without a selfie stick.
Everyone loves taking pictures at weddings, especially of that one guy who's had one too many whiskey sours. So why not add a selfie stick to every table. It's a great way to liven up the wedding reception. Just check out Yandy Smith and Mendeecee's wedding that was featured on VH1. They supplied their guests with awesome customized selfie sticks to capture those memorable moments. It's a pretty cool little keepsake as well, although they might confuse the heck out of Grandma and Grandpa.
Now you know that those sticks you see everyone carrying around these days are a little more useful than you think. So what are you waiting for? Grab a selfie stick and join the fun!
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