New @superdrug research shows we’re a generation of Selfies!! So we better start buying more make up! #instagram #photo #selfie

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 14.37.24

So Snoochers, how many have you taken? I’m talking about selfies, come on now, don’t be shy we’ve all done it…those self-portraits taken on a mobile phone, which is then shared via social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.

I’m not going to lie, selfies have happened in the weirdest of places, there was recently an article released about the rising population of people taking selfies at funerals! (Not cool people!) and popular personalities from Rihanna to Rosie H-W love taking pictures of themselves posing to model perfection, its even given way to the birth of new TV shows based around the Instagram lives of the rich and famous kids, who love to share pictures of themselves and their wealth!

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 14.44.44

Recent research by Superdrug of 2,000 women showed that half of all young women (18 to 24 years) admit to taking selfies, with one in ten admitting to taking them ‘all the time’, taking on average five minutes and 45 seconds to get the perfect “impromptu” shot.

62 per cent of the young women questioned said they used their selfie as their profile picture on social media.  In the battle of the social media big three, Instagram is the top place for posting selfies with 30 per cent, 21 per cent post theirs on Facebook while 13 per cent use Twitter to publicise themselves.

If only they had selfies back in the day!

If only they had selfies back in the day!

Now these are some interesting numbers, but get this…

While it takes on average five minutes and 45 seconds for young women to take the perfect photograph, it takes them a staggering 11 minutes before then to ensure their hair and makeup are perfect. But why is there all the fuss? Well, Superdrug’s Buying Director Simon Comins, may have the answer, he said:  “The rise of mega pixel cameras on phones ensures that today’s young women want to look picture perfect and this means high definition makeup, flawless skin and artfully styled hair.”

So with this in mind, is it any wonder why we’ve seen a huge rise in the purchasing of make up to help us look “picture perfect” just for our very own selfie?!!

Superdrug reports sales of makeup primers have increased by 21 per cent so far in 2013.  Other products highlighted as essential for selfies also on the rise including eyebrow pencils and volume boosting mascaras.

So whats the verdict?! 

Well, these aren’t going to please everyone, some may say that the selfie is an arrogant, immature thing to do from people who want attention; whilst others may applaud it for giving people the confidence to step in front of the camera and feel beautiful enough to take a snap of themselves. Either way its proving to be big business particularly in the area of make up. So whether or not you decide a selfie is a perfect expression of how you’re feeling at that particular “moment in time” or not, remember…its all a bit of fun, right?

IMG_4110

 

Advertisements

Start your week by giving – with these awesome pressies! @rolleigermany @velodyneaudio @papertango #tech #gift

Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 20.36.24
Ok folks, so if you need to start your week buying some cool gifts for someone in your life, we’ve found some super fun technology that anyone with an interest in gadgets would be itching to get their hands on. 
Rollei Action Camera
First up, is a new Action Camera from German camera manufacturer Rollei. These guys have been making cameras since the 1920s, and not only do they have prestige in this area, they are in no way dated, with this little number:
Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 20.25.57
Camera details: S50 WIFI Actioncam: 14 Megapixel WiFi Action-Camcorder with Full HD Video Resolution 1080p (1920x1080p/30 fps)
The camera allows live video streaming and immediate upload to social networks: Adventure lovers can use the Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi via their smartphone with an app. They can view and share videos in real-time – enabled by integrated WiFi (up to 20 m range) and corresponding app (for iOS and Android). Full HD Resolution (1080p) guarantees breath-taking results in optimal quality. You can increase the frame rate up to 60 fps (1080i) to capture crystal clear slow-motion images. Photos can be taken while video recording. The video time lapse function gives you a whole new outlook for video recordings and boasts intervals!
There’s so much packed in to these little numbers you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to consider anything else! So get snap happy!
Next up, for all you music lovers, who hate other noise, Velodyne has just introduced its latest vQuiet line of noise-cancelling headphones. 
vQuiet Headphones
vQuiet_1B_HiRes
vQuiet headphones are designed to reduce jet engine and other ambient noise by 90 percent while delivering the highest-quality musical or other audio experience. The headphones are available in matte black with a diamond-blue Velodyne insignia on each ear cup that serves as a bypass/mute button, and are foldable for easy storage. A control module on the vQuiet’s detachable audio cable enables users to seamlessly transition from listening to music or watching video to talking on the phone when connected to devices that have these features.
Oh, and did we mention how cool they look too??!!!
And finally, its not just about the gifts you give, but also the way you give it, so step ahead of the game and give the coolest cards in existence via Paper Tango.
Paper Tango 
Founded by designer Judy Robinson, Paper Tango is a London based company specialising in origami-inspired gifts and 3- dimensional greeting cards.  All of Paper Tango’s cards are intricately laser-cut and hand folded to produce a 3D pop up; creating a unique gift. Paper Tango’s latest range of greeting cards ‘Spots London’, is a range of pop up cards showcasing various London architectural landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye and more. Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 20.38.55
The cards, made from the premium British and Italian paper, are laser cut and then hand-folded, glued and trimmed in Indonesia, where Judy personally trained her workers in the craft. Each card is then carefully assessed, before being packed with the envelope and a small map of London showing where the landmark is.
In addition to the ‘Spots London’ range, Judy has started to develop a Paris range with the Eiffel Tower currently available online.
So now you have everything you need to start your week with giving someone  a truly awesome gift! Have fun snoochers!! 

 

Friday Feature: Photographer @tomwootton1985 talks #silhouettes and #poledancing

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.50.39

An unfortunate accident led Tom Wootton to pick up a camera and start a favoured hobby. Eventually that lead to a lucrative business photographing pole dancers and creating stunning works of art. We chat to the photographer to find out what inspires him and how difficult it really is to make a stand out business when with apps like Instagram, “everyone” counts themselves as a “photography expert.”

What got you started in photography?

I broke my leg playing rugby and over the 3 month period that I had lying around I decided to invest in a camera. I practiced all the settings on various objects around the room as I was pretty much bed ridden! When I could walk again I started going out into the streets practicing and found a real love for all the tricks that you could perform on the camera. It really was that simple and I’ve been photographing more and more ever since, honing in my skills and developing a niche for where I would like my photography to take me.

It’s becoming quite popular to get a DSLR camera, what made you decide to invest particularly in that rather than just taking a good snap on your smart phone?

It was the ability to do more tricks with the light, as a couple of examples in terms of night time photography I could get a better range of shots and with objects I could blur the background whilst making the immediate foreground crisp and in focus. It was just that in general the variety with a professional camera is much richer than with even some of the best smart phones or bridging cameras.

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.55.43How did you progress from photography being just a hobby to making more of a business out of it? 

I did a whole heap of different things from going out into the streets and doing voyeur photography at the Notting Hill Carnival, to the streets of Twickenham during rugby matches. I wanted to get used to as many different situations as possible and try and capture life photography as it happened in front of me rather than just trying to set up the shot perfectly. That led me to being comfortable in terms of getting natural shots and capturing the moment, which I still really enjoy doing.  I then took an apprenticeship with a wedding photographer and learnt a huge amount about structuring shoots and planning key events in a short time frame. Just as a side track I took the street/life photography and tried to mix it up and make something a little more commercial with lego figurines re-enacting some of those life moments. It was then, and the result of those shots working so well that I started thinking more about the business opportunities within photography and really focused towards that goal.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.55.10

You’ve now really centered your business on silhouette photography, can you tell us a little more about that?

The interesting thing about silhouettes is the shape that they make, and just by accidentally discovering the variety you can capture when it’s as simple as the sun just reflecting behind a person was fascinating to me. So I looked at how I could push this idea more and felt that the best shapes came from dancers. With dance, particularly professional dancers they can push (and hold) shapes that are more extreme than the normal person, and when captured at the right angle you get a beautiful shot. What I like in particular is not making a stenciled picture, but having just enough light to see subtle muscle contours and detail that when observed closer, demonstrates the skill involved to achieve this particular shape.  I suppose it’s an appreciation of what the subject can do creatively in front of me and what I can do creatively with a camera.

And your key focus at the moment is pole dancers, pole fitness… 

Yes, well there was an opportunity to look at a lot of different dance styles as well as gymnastics, but actually, there are so many shapes that you can pull and hold with pole dancing or fitness that its actually an obvious choice for silhouette photography as the results are fantastic.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.59.36

How have people reacted to this particular subject matter?

I actually think that this is an area that deserves more credit than it gets. There is still a lot of connotations around pole dancing only being associated with Gentlemen’s Clubs, when actually the skill involved and the benefits of doing pole fitness is really impressive. There should be a lot more appreciation of the strength these girls possess to carry out this dance discipline. Taking it further afield we’re now seeing more women and men using a pole in other performance areas such as circus, and the skills they are showing off in that arena is almost mind blowing! That is the next step for me to capture with my photography, but for now, photographing pole fitness is a great way of showing the women who take this up as an exercise class just how much they have improved and what they can achieve.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.53.22

Finally, what advice would you give to anyone wanting to move into photography and potentially professional photography?

I think you should definitely always pick up a camera and give it a try. You may surprise yourself with what you can achieve, that’s what I found, and it inspired me to carry on and build my interest and understanding of the camera and skills in photography. I think you should also look to find a niche and really develop that, then in terms of stepping into the world of business, one golden rule is that its very easy for people to say that they like your photos, but not so easy to get them to buy your photos… there is a lot of competition out there with smart phones and bridging cameras, but if you’re truly trying to make a business then find yourself a key area to focus on and just keep building your understanding and skills to make sure you stand out amongst the rest.

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 22.57.21You can find out more about Tom’s photography on his website:  www.mysilhouettephotography.com 

You can also follow him on Twitter @tomwwootton1985