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How to Use a Selfie Stick

Have you heard of a selfie stick?  Up until a few months ago, I hadn’t really either.  It’s this great, version of a monopod that can be connected to your phone to snap group shots, taking the usual selfie shot to a whole new level.

So what exactly is a selfie stick?

A selfie stick is designed to be held at arm’s length to fit the photographer into the frame.  They can be connected to your phone using Bluetooth technology, a timer app or a cord to trigger the shutter.

Who makes them?

All it takes is a quick Google search to find these popular photography accessories.  Your choices can include connecting the stick to the Bluetooth on your phone, using a small cord to connect to the remote or a simple monopod using a timer app.  It all comes down to the bells and whistles you’re looking for, and your budget.  Here are a few that came up in my own research…


Noot (this is the one I ended up choosing)


How can you use them?

This is the great part!  As a mom, it’s long been a challenge to get ourselves into pictures.  This is a great solution.  The selfie stick can be extended to varying lengths to include you, your family and the scenery behind you.  I know I have big plans for ours when it comes to vacations.  Most collapse to about 12 inches making them easy to tuck away in a bag or keep in the car when for when you’re out and about.

While, at first, I found myself a little self conscious using the device, it was quickly outweighed by the fun.  We’ve been documenting all kinds of adventures. Have you ever used a selfie stick? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks to using this fun, new photography accessory!   

 This article was written by Alison Bickel.

About Alison

Alison Bickel lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. The photography bug bit her in sixth grade, upon getting her first camera, a Kodak Disk. She has been chasing light and subjects ever since. On her blog, ‘This Homemade Life,’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for vegetarian cooking and obsession with farmer’s markets.

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