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The perfect selfie – how not to look like an idiot

If you haven’t heard, sharing photos on social networking is now apparently very much the in thing. But forget carefully composed landscapes and worrying about apertures and focus – now all you need to do to be the next David Bailey is stretch out your arm as far as you can reach, pull a silly face and hope you don’t end up with someone gurning behind you when you click the shutter.

Yes, like it or not, the selfie will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest trends of the last few years. In fact, it’s become such a phenomenon the Oxford English Dictionary even named it their word of the year in 2013, with everyone from pop stars to presidents getting in on the trend.

Getting the perfect selfie can be the holy grail for many people – but it’s not as easy as it sounds. A bad one can not only make you look like an idiot in front of your friends, as tools like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter let your most embarrassing images wing their way around the world in seconds. So looking good needs some serious thought.


Choose the right spot

Unless you’re Paris Hilton, no-one’s really that interested in a selfie where 95 per cent of the photo is taken up by your face, so a good backdrop is essential.

A recent survey by Suggestme found London is the most popular location for selfies among both tourists and locals, while the most commonly-snapped landmarks around the world include Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum. Nice, but a bit obvious – so something a bit more creative could help you stand out from the crowd.

Oh, and it should also go without saying, but sombre occasions like funerals are definitely out – something Barack Obama and David Cameron should have remembered before their grinning selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service hit front pages around the world.

Show off your best features

The trickiest part of any selfie -as with anything else in life – is making sure you look your best. But it’s sometimes not easy to tell how it’ll turn out when your screen’s held at arms length away from you, so what can you do to avoid creating a cautionary tale to be shared by others for all eternity?

It can’t be emphasised enough that the ‘duckface’ look is a big no – really, it can’t, no matter who you are. Not only has it been done to death by everyone, huge pouting lips have yet to make anyone look good.

You also need to think about the angle of your photo – a downward shot, or one where you tilt your head back, can give the impression of a double-chin – definitely unflattering. Keep the camera as level as possible makes sense, while also make sure you’re not staring directly down the lens like a serial killer’s arrest photo – a slight turn of the head is the most natural look.

Watch your surroundings

Even if you’ve found the perfect spot to get your snap, it can still be ruined by that idiot in the background who thinks photobombing is still cool, so make sure you know what and who around you could pose a problem.

Also, there’s a fine line between an exciting shot and getting too close, as this unfortunate chap found out to his cost when he tried to take a selfie with a train, and was taught a swift lesson in safety by the conductor.

And if you are taking the snap in your bedroom or bathroom mirror to show off your stylish new phone case, make sure the room is presentable. No-one wants to see your dirty laundry or a mirror smeared with toothpaste.

The right tools for the job

One of the biggest problems with selfies is that because they’re often taken with the phone’s lower-resolution front-facing camera, they can often end up being very poor-quality. However, some of the latest models – such as the HTC One – have recognised this problem and started to equip their phones with more powerful front cameras.

But if you don’t have this yet, there are still a few things you can do. Turning your gadget around to use the bigger rear camera might mean you don’t get to see exactly what you’re shooting, but with a bit of luck, the results will turn out better.

Also, remember to switch the flash off, as at close range, all it will do is white out your face so you look like you’re remaking The Blair Witch Project. A bit of fiddling about with lighting settings and filters can also transform a boring snap into one worthy of sharing, so don’t assume leaving your phone in its default settings is the way to go.

Presidents Day weekend giveaway…

Here at Proporta we’d like to help all of our fans and followers celebrate a great Presidents Day this year by running a weekend giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning a case of your choice all you need to do is one of the following steps:


1) Post the link of your favorite Proporta product on our fan page and tell us why it’s your favorite.

2) Share the post with your friends.


1) Tweet @Proporta what your favorite product is and why and include a link to it.


1) Post the link to your favorite Proporta product on our fan page and tell us why it’s your favorite.

2) Share the post with your circles.


Competition dates: 02/17/12 – 02/20/12, winner announced 02/21/12.  Winner will be chosen at random and will win one case of their choice. We’re sorry to say that the following cases are excluded from the giveaway: Ted Baker, Quiksilver, Roxy and Brunswick England. Judges decision is final.

Win £15, 15€ or $20 worth of Proporta Gift Vouchers

What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve been given this year? Let us know and you could win one of five Proporta gift vouchers worth £15, 15€ or $20 for the most miserable, miserly or mean gifts received. With our fab vouchers you could then buy yourself an iPhone 4S case, Samsung Galaxy protective case, or even a Kindle cover.

And now the boring stuff: In order to be in with a chance of winning one of five Proporta gift vouchers worth either £15, 15€ or $20 you need to be a fan or follower of us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and let us know what the worst Christmas gift you’ve received this year is. This competition will run from 23/12/11 to 04/01/12. The winners will be announced and notified on 05/01/12. Only one gift voucher will be given per winner for a denomination of either £15, 15€ or $20. Please note that the gift voucher can only be used for one transaction only. Judges decision is final. No cash alternatives.

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Google Wave Whips up a Storm

Well. A new Google service that combines instant messaging, email, social networking, document sharing, and god knows what else in one package. You could say this is what we’ll all be doing in six months time, or just that it sounds pretty damn exciting. And when you add that there’ll be a “monetizable wave extension store”, or iPhone style app shop to you and I, you can see why the idea of Google Wave is whipping up something of a storm.


Available at the moment only on limited invite, just like with gmail, the exclusivity is both an opportunity for Google to test out how it works, and a clever little ruse to make people even more curious. “A wave is equal parts conversation and document”, they tell us, and “a wave is live”. But whatever these things actually mean, you can guarantee that they’re grabbing the imagination, and that no matter how cynical the technophile, they all want in. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait and see, but you can’t tell me you’re not intrigued…

Will you be our friend?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard of (and lost many hours to) the social networking site Facebook. Having started as an internet craze, Facebook is now one of the most well established social networking sites on the web and has made keeping in touch with people even easier, and arguably a lot more fun. Here at Proporta we have our very own Facebook page and would like you to join us. Click here to become a fan or a friend, and view the exclusive offers which are only available to our lovely Facebook pals. See you there.