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Selfie sticks offer a unique angle to click self-portraits

Selfie sticks offer some advantages for tourists, extreme sports athletes and large groups of people, allowing more people to get into the frame.

By Muaz Shabandri/staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 27 Jan 2015, 1:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:32 PM

Dubai — The selfie stick, which has been around for quite some time, makes clicking pictures with friends a whole lot easier. Typically a monopod that can hold a smartphone, the selfie stick allows people to get a better angle for clicking self-portraits.

Selfie sticks offer some advantages for tourists, extreme sports athletes and large groups of people, allowing more people to get into the frame.

Sharanya Paulraj got a selfie stick as a birthday present and has been fascinated with the accessory ever since. “I am very fascinated by it since I use my phone camera to take lots of photos. Being active on social media websites, I love sharing photos. A selfie stick is an investment and a fun tool to play around with,” she said.

Buying a selfie stick can be a tough task, given the wide variety of models on offer in stores. Starting from Dh25, the gadget can vary in price depending on features like remote shutter and Bluetooth connectivity.

For Niaz Basheer, a photography enthusiast, the selfie stick was a perfect travel companion, allowing him to carry the portable monopod. “I bought a selfie stick for my GoPro camera and have used it for traveling and adventure sports. I love it for several reasons — it gives a unique angle of view, creates a great atmosphere while you click and is portable,” said Niaz.

Recollecting a memorable moment during his latest trip to India, Niaz said, “I completely ditched my DSLR camera for the GoPro mounted on a selfie stick. Wherever I went with the stick, it created an atmosphere of fun bringing out expressions on people’s face which they wouldn’t have given while posing for a normal camera. I managed to capture my grandparents laughing for the first time ever.”

Qamer Javed also shares a similar story. “My mother-in-law got it as a birthday gift. Our whole family was instantly hooked on to it and we never leave our house without it. It’s the perfect invention to fit people in one frame without asking anyone else to click our picture.”

Selfie was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2013 and the craze has since caught on. If you’ve yet to join in with the selfie stick craze, head over to a mobile store and buy one! — muaz@khaleejtimes.com



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