People have been able to take photos of themselves for a long time, but from the moment Apple introduced a front camera on the iPhone 4 in 2010, the term selfie has become increasingly part of our lexicon and routine. . The Dxomark told the story of this world famous word and its application in practice.
Although very different from today's concept, the first "expert" self-portrait photographer, Robert Cornelius, dates back to 1839. At the same time, Hippolyte Bayard began to test his self-portrait photography process before showing it. to the French Academy of Science.
But it was not until 1950 that self-portrait began to draw people's attention, with Andy Warhol turning self-portraits into an art form. Still, and even with the birth of various social networks in the 2000s, selfies were not very popular. MySpace, for example, only introduced profile photos in 2006, having been overshadowed by Facebook in 2009.
From the moment selfies became famous, it wasn't long before filters came up on Instagram, released in 2010, and other applications that improved the look of selfies. Naturally, these conditions motivated people to bet on these photos, starting to share them on social networks.
2012 was the year Snapchat introduced video selfies to its social network. Instagram later launched the story feature, which immediately allowed users to record videos. And, to ensure better selfies, came the famous "selfie stick", a tool that allows you to cover a larger area in the photo around the user.
Types of selfies and challenges … for the camera
Selfies are a particular challenge for cameras, particularly with regard to skin color. Dxomark groups them into five categories and explains the complexity of each.
The "traditional selfie" is a simple self-portrait, usually showing hairstyles, clothes, make-up, or simply to be published on a social network. Another popular type of selfie is group selfie, which makes it difficult for the camera to perform as it has to frame several different people at different distances, which implies a greater depth of field. And if the group is made up of people with different skin tones, the challenge increases.
In the case of travel selfies, the challenge often involves balancing the background and the person, as in most cases users want a clear image even in the background. Video selfies have grown across platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat that offer publishing and broadcasting capabilities, allowing users to become creators and live artists. Youtubers themselves have been betting a lot on this form of selfie.
In 2017, Samsung estimated that on average a millenial will take 25,700 selfies throughout its life, with an average life expectancy exceeding 27,000. In practical terms, it means close to one selfie per day that is alive.
In the same year, a Dreambooks study on Portuguese habits showed that 65% of respondents admit to being selfies enthusiasts, compared to 35% who did not tend to do so. 9% admitted taking more than five selfies a week, while 35% say they do so at least once during this period. Already 22% choose to capture this type of images one to five times a week.