Self-portraits don’t look good, do you blame the phone?

Contemporary young people are inseparable from the world of selfies.

Even if you don't like selfies, you can definitely get other people's selfies everywhere. But now there are almost no ugly selfies, because the magical thing of mobile phones can completely "transform" a person's face.

So when their selfies don’t look good, they will subconsciously say:

It's all because of the bad front of my phone.
I look pretty, but the phone looks ugly.
My phone doesn't have a beautiful face, so let's use yours.
Your phone's beauty is too fake, so use mine.

But selfies are not good-looking, so I really can’t blame the phone.

The "selfie phone" that I worked hard in those years

In order to make your selfies look better, every "Selfie Phone" session has been exhausted and exhausted.

Let the selfie come into reality

The first mobile phone capable of taking pictures in history was the Sharp J-SH04 released in 2000.

I believe that when many generations born in the 80s hear about it, the retro atmosphere in their memories will come oncoming. After all, it opened the door to "rear camera selfies".

▲ Sharp J-SH04

At that time, owning a mobile phone with a camera was the existence of Zhongxing Pengyue. Many mobile phone manufacturers would install a legendary "selfie mirror" next to the rear camera, which could capture the largest area of ​​your face. Although it is a bit distorted, it also allows people to choose a relatively ideal angle when taking selfies.

After 2003, the 3G network brought the era of pictures, and it started a new era of mobile selfies. At this time, many mobile phone brands have begun to design front-facing cameras. For example, everyone is familiar with the small round cake camera in front of Nokia. Although it has only 100,000 pixels, it can also allow people to look at themselves on the screen in real time and take selfies.

▲ Nokia 6680

Make selfies the new trend

At that time, people were still eager to take selfies with the rear camera in order to make selfies of higher quality, so Japan introduced a selfie phone with a "twisting neck" design, that is, the screen is directly turned over 180 degrees, and the rear is used as the current one. Ericsson Z1010, the first mobile phone to use this design, became a selfie artifact for a small group of young people at that time.

However, let young people slowly start to take selfies, or after the launch of the Windows Mobile system and the rise of Android and iOS platforms. In 2010, Jobs released iPhone4, which made mobile photography really popular among the public.

▲Jobs holding iPhone4

Although its front camera has only 300,000 pixels, it has changed people's photography habits and made selfies more popular.

When selfies begin to extend to more and more people, people naturally have a higher demand for selfies.

Let selfies record colorful life

As a result, a large number of Android mobile phone manufacturers have also set off a broader selfie trend. They are good at more abundant and diverse selfie functions, and more fresh and interesting selfie modes, which have allowed the explosive growth of selfie enthusiasts.

Pixels, soft light, beauty, blur, AI intelligence…These all allow people to maximize the beauty of selfies, and a mobile phone can "save" thousands of beauty.

As for the representative vivo, every year, vivo will innovate the concept of "selfie phone" .

▲vivo X27

In 2016, the vivo X7 was equipped with a front-facing soft-light selfie with up to 16 million pixels; the X9 brought the industry's first dual-front camera, allowing people to blur the background when taking selfies; in 2017, the vivo X20 was optimized for backlight selfies; The X23's rejuvenating camera can adjust the facial features in real time. When the vivo S1 Pro launched the "light-sensing selfie" in line with the trend this year, the front camera had 32 million pixels…

With the iteration of various new functions and technologies, people taking selfies with mountains and forests around the world, taking selfies with food in the streets and alleys, and taking selfies in cities around the clock. Self-portrait has become a daily routine for people to record a good life.

Although the "Selfie Phone" tries its best to introduce new ones every year, we are still dissatisfied when we post a selfie now.

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Why are we always dissatisfied with mobile selfies?

The era when social software has taken the world by storm is also the era with the fastest development of selfies.

People use their mobile phones to take selfies anytime, anywhere. Behind every selfie is a heart eager to like, but everyone still has a consensus without words:

It is too difficult to post a satisfactory selfie in the circle of friends.

Why is it so difficult to take a good selfie? It can be said from these three aspects.

The external environment of the selfie

We live in a network environment that is rapidly "visualizing"-a large amount of image information hits the eye. People are swiping their mobile phones 24 hours a day, sliding up and down during the day, sliding left and right at night, and "face value" is always in the limelight.

Therefore, there are more and more ways to show the first impression through selfies, and people pay more and more attention to the personal image behind a selfie.

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At the same time, modern technology is advancing with each passing day, stimulating the popularization of selfies. In addition, beautification tools are also rapidly becoming popular. Various filter special effects such as Meitu Xiuxiu, FaceU, and B612, and P picture tools make people's selfies ever-changing.

No one can escape the "selfie game" in this entertainment environment. Behind every selfie is the winner after thousands of choices.

All these make people have higher and higher standards for a good selfie.

Psychological reasons for selfies

As a way of self-expression and self-creation , selfies have also become a vehicle for communication between self, others and society for many years.

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Under the spotlight of various perspectives, everyone is the protagonist in their own selfie stage, and this process of communication from self to collective also makes people more worried about the various evaluations that follow.

Mariann Hardey, a British digital communications scholar, once commented on "Selfie" :

This is a self-expression, on the one hand you become more aware of yourself, on the other hand you will become more vulnerable.

Moreover, I have seen too many of the flashy selfies that have been tempered on social platforms. The deviation between my "ideal self" and the "mobile self" always makes the selfies fall short of expectations. How much pleasure beauty can bring about, it also promotes how much anxiety about ugliness.

After taking 1, 10, and 100 selfies, spend a few hours to choose pictures, retouch them, and add texts. Self-portraits have become a kind of "show art". People almost forget that selfies were originally just to convey their own personality. , And genuinely happy.

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The objective problem of selfies

Of course, good selfies do have skills.

Because light greatly affects the visual effect of selfies, people will look for environments with sufficient light sources, and even use props such as fill lights, just to make selfies clearer and brighter, and to make themselves shiny and moving.

The angle also determines the content of the selfie . From the 45-degree sadness, to the side-scrolling tutorial on the Little Red Book, from pouting the mouth, facing the scissors hand, to selfies in various extreme landscapes, people dented all the angles and expressions, just to make the selfies full of beauty Qunfang.

Although a good selfie depends on many factors, after all, selfies are born from mobile phones. The focal length and lens of different mobile phones will make the photo different from the real situation, and it cannot be as close to the originality of the camera. In addition, the algorithms behind the front camera are also very different, which directly affects the quality of selfies. Therefore, the upgrade of cameras from major manufacturers has also become the reason why many young people now switch phones.

In order to make people more beautiful, mobile phone manufacturers and consumers are pursuing more perfect methods on the long road to selfies.

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The new generation of mobile phones is making selfies more and more attractive

From the post-80s, post-90s, to post-00s, selfies of each generation have left their mark on their lives, and each generation of mobile phones has also created this trend behind them.

Self-portrait witnesses the progress of technology, and technology also promotes the development of the selfie tide.

The evolution of mobile phones that focus on selfies has made great breakthroughs from camera performance to selfie functions. Take pixels as an example. The 40 million+ pixels that used to be the main camera of many flagship models have now become the proactive camera of mobile phones.

The vivo S9, which was just released today, focuses on the front 44-megapixel AF ultra-night soft light dual camera.

▲ vivo S9 selfie

As one of the first mobile phone manufacturers to pay attention to the selfie experience, vivo updates and updates in selfies every year, and has been leading the camera trend in the mobile phone market.

Next, we will use the new vivo S9 as an example to see how far the current "selfie phone" has evolved.

24-hour "online" selfie

Night shooting has always been a pain point that major mobile phone brands have tried to break in recent years, and it is also the highlight of each new phone. It is even more essential for trendy men and women who like to travel at night.

As early as on the vivo S6, vivo has already proposed a night scene selfie plan. This time the vivo S9 first increased the front main camera to 44 million pixels, so that the selfie can achieve a clearer effect. It is also added to the forehead of the golden mobile phone An ultra-wide-angle lens is used to expand the coverage of the lens twice as compared to ordinary lenses. When you are shooting with your friends, you don’t have to worry about their faces being deformed on the edges of the screen.

▲ Vivo S9 backlit selfie

But what is more surprising is the two new soft lights at the top of the screen.

This is also vivo’s first "Ultra Night Micro Stitched Light", which can greatly increase the amount of light entering, making the light for selfies more uniform and three-dimensional. At the same time, you can also double open the soft light or single open the soft light ring, etc., to choose the most suitable light. In this way, even the dark environment can become brighter, and this kind of brightness is a natural brightness, which directly affects the final texture of the photo.

▲ Two soft lights are added at the top of the screen

For mobile phone photography, hardware configuration is no longer the only requirement. The new technologies such as AI and big data behind it also greatly affect the effect of photography. Most of the current algorithms are uniformly optimized for photos, so we often encounter "people The trouble of "the face is bright and the background is black" or "the background is bright and the face is black".

This time, the polar night portrait selfie algorithm of the vivo S9 intelligently distinguishes the face from the background, so that it can distinguish between people and scenery and beautify them, so that people and scenery can present themselves in the most appropriate state. This is also worthy of this new machine. A mention of internal upgrades.

▲ vivo S9 night shooting

360 degrees to show your beauty

Speaking of one of the most troublesome problems with selfies, "angle" is absolutely indispensable.

In this regard, the vivo S series has previously proposed 5 levels of super-texture beauty. This time, vivo has rewritten the beauty algorithm to make the 2D 3D, that is to say, it used to capture the points on the flat face. Optimize the selfie. Now after taking a picture, a virtual 3D face model will be created, and then the same 3D drawn material will be fitted, and then deep three-dimensional beauty will be performed.

In this way, the beauty of various angles will not be a problem, not only can make the beauty place more accurate, but also the beauty effect can be more realistic.

Therefore, the "side face killing" is in place easily. The vivo S9 also realizes the 45°-90° "side face beautification" function for the first time. "The chin" and the beauty make-up have become more natural.

▲ Vivo S9 profile beauty

Speaking of beauty, in fact, the "2D beauty" of most mobile phone brands does make it easy to make makeup float on the face, and it looks particularly fake. Now it can be "three-dimensional makeup" and then put on proactive soft highlights. It can make the selfie beauty closer to the real makeup.

One more user-friendly detail is that the new beauty algorithm of vivo S9 can specifically remove the dark and dirty patches of the skin, no longer let the filter "smooth", and at the same time, it can retain the original moles on the skin. Can recognize skin of different genders, take selfies with rough men, no longer have to worry about becoming a tender girl.

Update trendy and interesting gameplay

After a while, there are always photography apps launching novel features to attract people's attention during entertainment time. Mobile phones are also not falling in style, and many manufacturers will directly install fun selfie functions in their cameras.

Vivo S9 also introduced a lot of "light and shadow" styles in terms of filters. There are a variety of options such as "party", "flash", "3D neon light", "rainbow" and "warm sun". You can also hold your phone while taking selfies. Interactively "draw" your special effects.

▲ Vivo S9 “party'' special effects

In addition, in video shooting, the vivo S9 supports double exposure for selfies. It can import photos from the album and synthesize the selfies, approaching the double exposure effect that can be achieved by SLRs. If you want to shoot the video with front and rear dual vision, you can also use it in the picture. Choose round, love, square and other interesting shapes in the small window of the painting.

It can be said that these new functions and technologies of the vivo S9 have created a complete set of beauty shooting solutions in the mobile phone.

This is also a new development direction for mobile phones without self-portrait-it makes a good-looking selfie more anytime, anywhere, more real and natural, and more diversified.

▲ vivo S9 selfie

Back to the beginning, selfies are not good-looking, there are many factors. If we want to take a good-looking selfie right now, we need to be more confident, more open, and more daring to try. We also need to consider the background, composition, lighting, expression… but a better "selfie phone", It makes it easier to present all of this, and the quality is higher.

Mobile phones have spared no effort in making people's selfies beautiful. We also look forward to future technologies that can bring more surprises to our mobile selfies.

A better selfie may not represent too much, but everyone loves beauty. For contemporary young people, the moment of beauty can be easily recorded with a single click——

It is the light of self-confidence, the source of happiness, and the highlight moment that everyone can watch.

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