How Not To Take A Group Selfie

How Not To Take A Group Selfie

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By Stéphane Le Mentec

This is it. You're teaching English abroad having the best time of your life. You're finally living your dream of teaching and traveling. Here you are, hanging out with your local friends exploring the spectacular limestone islands of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam,  walking down the beachfront of Puerto Vallerta in Mexico or having fun at this high-end tapas bar in Barcelona, Spain. "Let's take a selfie!", you think, as you want to immortalize the moment and get that little piece of souvenir to bring back home tease your friends back home on Instagram (who are we kidding?). Great! Although you might want to read this first if you don't want to make the same mistakes as we did.

We will never pretend to be selfie experts. We've taken enough bad group selfie pictures, however, (as you'll see in the examples below), that we can au contraire tell you what common mistakes to avoid so you don't ruin your shot like we did!*

*Any resemblance to actual selfie mistakes is purely coincidental ;).

1. Don't look at the screen, look at the camera lens!

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroadI like impromptu photos but come on. What were we thinking? 

 

2. Don't be blurry (or too drunk)

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 #NoFilter needed.

 

3. Don't use your arm (unless it's 5 feet long)

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 3We can't emphasize on this enough when taking a group selfie: use a selfie stick! Your face is literally 3 times the size of everyone elses, John!

  

4. Don't close your eyes

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 4Wow, great shot! Aaaand it's gone.

 

5. Don't overdo it

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 5There's no need. Really.

 

6. Don't be too dark 

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 6Jessie must like her selfies like she likes her coffee roast... Dark.

 

 

7. Don't be too bright either

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 7Dark or bright, either way, beware of bad lighting. This photo was taken at historic Fenway Park in Boston, but you'd never know because half the photo is completely over-exposed. Yay, go... sports!

 

 

8. Don't pick the windiest spot

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Or do. That one's really funny!

 

9. Don't be in a rush

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 9Love the spirit. But take your time, Matt!

 

10. Don't create unecessary chaos

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 10This is what happens when you're standing on a cliff with no coordination. 1 selfie stick, 1 photographer. That's all it takes.

 

11. Don't shoot vertically

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Yep, hard to fit 3 people - let alone a full group - in a vertical pic, Ian.

 

 

12. Don't get photobombed

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Getting photobombed does not make it a group pic, Matt!

 

13. Just don't

how not to take a bad selfie while teaching English abroad 13Just don't.

 

14. Don't give up!

We've received really cool pictures from ITA alumni who are teaching English around the world. Here are some great group selfie examples that they've taken while teaching abroad!

great selfie example while teaching English abroadITA alumna Maia Martin & friends in South Korea.

great selfie example while teaching English abroad 2ITA Ambassador Christina Bates & friends in Madrid, Spain. 

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Close-ups can work too. Look at ITA alumna Laura Nalin's Korean students' cute faces!

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I teased her above but ITA alumna and now ITA advisor Jessie Smith is one of our greatest selfie takers!

 

Bottom line: what do you need to take a good group selfie?

1. Some friends (can't take a group pic of yourself, can you?).

2. A good selfie stick (or a really, really long arm).

3. A good smartphone camera, or a GoPro camera.

4. Your friends' attention.

5. Shoot your selfie HORIZONTALLY.

7. Get a good background! ("I really like that shady grey wall in the background"- said no one ever).

8. Be in focus.

9. Beware of the light.

10. Take several shots in a row (to be sure to capture that one great photo).

 

Have fun taking great pics!

ITA Staff taking a group selfie picture

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About the Author: Stéphane Le MentecStephane Le Mentec - International TEFL Academy

A passionate traveler from Brittany, France, Stéphane has always been eager to explore the world. He lived in 4 different countries and traveled to 15 more. Having now made Chicago his home, he will never have to worry about being “abroadsick” again.  

 

 

 

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