Is it a selfie or a self-portrait? The debate continues on UK's National Selfie Day

National Selfie Day
(Image credit: Beth Nicholls, James Artaius, Hannah Rooke)

June 21 marks a special day for photography enthusiasts and social media aficionados, as it is National Selfie Day. This annual celebration has gained immense popularity in recent years, as it highlights the cultural phenomenon of capturing self-portraits using a smartphone. While some may argue that a selfie is simply a modernized version of a self-portrait, there are distinct differences between the two art forms.

A selfie, in its simplest form, is a photograph taken by yourself, usually using a front-facing camera or a compact camera. You could use a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but you’d need a wide-angle lens and a relatively short focus distance or have it attached to a selfie stick

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.