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How to shoot a selfie that doesn't suck

This week's photography column is dedicated to Kevin and Ally, both of whom have recently become enamored of selfies and selfie sticks. Now, I admit that I don't hate selfies — I find they're a great way to snap quick facial expressions you don't have an emoji for, or show off something awesome you found. (Or a haircut, I guess.) And because we're on a selfie kick this week, I decided to write down some of my top tricks for getting photos of yourself that don't stink up your camera roll.

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How I learned to love the selfie stick

iPhone selfie sticks used to appeal to me about as much as taking photos with an iPad. I didn't think it was possible for me to loathe an accessory more, and when I first saw it, I literally face-palmed.

Yet the impossible has happened: I went on vacation and quickly found myself on a mad search across London for the one object I swore I'd never buy. Yes, you heard me right — I bought a selfie stick, and it was totally worth it.

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Apple helping you get your selfie on with dedicated App Store category

Apple wants to help you get your selfie on and is highlighting suitable apps with a dedicated category in the iOS App Store. Currently highlighting a dozen apps, it was first noticed by Macstories' Federico Viticci:

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How to take the perfect selfie with your iPhone!

Taking the perfect selfie with your iPhone can be a challenge. It's hard to make sure you get just the right angle, and harder still to keep your own arms out of your way. Luckily, there's an easy fix! Just grab the Apple earbuds that came with your iPhone, plug them in, and then watch the video!

Let me know how it works for you!

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Get ready for 15 second selfies! Instagram adds front-facing camera support for Cinema, landscape support for everything

Instagram has updated to version 4.0., and while the point might be minor, the new features certainly aren't: landscape support for both photos and video, and -- duck and cover -- front-facing camera support for Cinema. That's right, the internet can now record 15 second selfies.

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