Is a self-portrait similar to a selfie?
For me, YES and NO.
NO and these are their glaring differences. Selfies are more associated with smartphones and sharing or posting them in social media is necessary to complete the whole process. On the other hand, self-portraits require creative planning and “real cameras” (DSLR or point and shoot cameras) for more freedom and flexibility. Selfies are done everywhere : from closet mirrors to bathroom mirrors. A good source of light is essential to create striking self-portraits.
YES, because both tackle the concept of SELF. One takes a picture or portrait of him/herself. The subject and the photographer become ONE. Both are platforms for self-expression.
My answer is both but this is still more of a selfie. I took my “selfie” while my son was having a much-needed haircut (after three months!). I was determined to squeeze in this selfie session in my toxic working mom schedule. Taking this shot with a DLSR does not completely make it as a self-portrait. I tried shooting in manual mode, adjusting the ISO and some stuff but still the photo lacked orchestration that self-portraits require. I hope to spend more time thinking and preparing for the next 47 photo themes. Wish me luck!
Postscript: I really am not a selfie person. I remember taking a few selfies but whenever I put the phone in self-portrait mode, it was always me and Rio or the whole gang, family selfie!
Nanays, what do you take, selfies, self-portraits or both? Happy clicking mommies!
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