Take Better Selfies!

 Selfie sticks are BANNED--see bottom of this page.

Too often, camera manufacturers push the numbers about the zoom lenses on their cameras.  What they don't tell you is that, in most people's casual  photography, a wide-angle lens is more important in many photographic opportunities .  Your photos need to show where you are, and what's around you.  You need to include everything that needs to be seen.  Nothing is more true than when taking a selfie.

Admit it, you've done it . . . you hold your camera, you stretch your arm out, you point the camera at yourself, and you try to take a good picture.  And you do this so you can impress your friends with where you are, and what you're doing.  You post it online, and you send it to their phones.  Don't show them a picture that is mostly just your face with only a little bit of what's behind you.---You need a Phone PAAL.

The designers of the Phone Paal have visited many of the U.S. National Parks and brought along a wide-angle lens often used with the Phone PAAL prototype.  Realize that in all of the photos below, the camera is only being held at arm's-length.   You can see how a wide-angle lens shows so much more of the surroundings, and not just a giant face.  Here's what YOU can do with a Phone PAAL. . .



Places where SELFIE STICKS are NOT ALLOWED (but hand-held selfies are) :

All 19 Smithsonian museums in Washington DC
Walt Disney World, Florida.
Disneyland, California.
Tokyo Disneyland
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland, Hong Kong
All Six Flags amusement parks
All Universal Studios attractions
All Sea World attractions
Apple World Conference
Any parade in Washington DC
Kentucky Derby
Yankee Stadium
Comic-Con, San Diego
NFL football games.
Dragon Con, Atlanta
Lollapalooza Music Festival
Coachella Music Festival
Squamish Valley music festival
Pemberton music festival
National Gallery, London
Stamford Bridge, London
Running of the Bulls, Pamplona
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Pointe-à-Callière Archaeology Museum
Colosseum in Rome
Wimbledon tennis stadium
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Palace of Versailles, Paris
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Frick Museum, New York
Brooklyn Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
White Hart Lane stadium, London
Old Trafford, Manchester, UK
Anfield Football Stadium, Liverpool, UK
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Art Institute of Chicago
Detroit Institute of the Arts
Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria
All Brazilian soccer stadiums
Soccer stadiums for Arsenal and Tottenham in England
Seattle Art Museum
Getty Center, Los Angeles
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Wembley Stadium, London
Hammersmith Apollo, London
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Frick Pittsburgh
Music venues O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Arena, England
Cleveland Museum of Art
St Paul’s Cathedral, UK
Emirates Stadium, UK
Statue of David (the Uffizi)
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
MTS Centre sports arena in Winnipeg
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia 
National Gallery of Australia in Canberra 
National Portrait Gallery, Australia
Sydney Opera House
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Sugarmill nightclub, England
Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida
Soundwave Music Festival, Australia
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
Domain Stadium in Western Australia
Suncorp stadium in Brisbane, Australia
Hermitage in Amsterdam
National Gallery, London
Roundhouse Music Center, London
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Palace Museum, Beijing
Perth Arena, Australia
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane