But, love them or hate them, because selfies are so popular they can be a wonderful teaching opportunity.
Because at the heart of each poorly lit, poorly composed and haphazardly focused selfie, lays the heart of a wonderful portrait.
I believe teenagers take and share pictures of themselves because they’ve been empowered to do so.
That’s why smart phones have two lenses, one on the front and one on the back.
Mine would be Gregory Heisler, but you might prefer Diane Arbus, Eve Arnold, Edouard Boubat, Dorothea Lange or maybe Annie Leibovitz.
Fun Photography Assignments
It really doesn’t matter who you chose, as long as their photographs offer interesting lighting, great emotion and hopefully some creative compositions.
So make sure to ask your students what it is in each of the professional photos that makes them unique and powerful.
On the opposite side of the coin, be sure to ask them what it is about the selfies they find lacking.
I don’t think it’s necessary for every student to produce an actual selfie.
Shooting a portrait of another student, a family member, friend or even the teacher should also be allowed.