10 Aug SELF PORTRAIT PROJECT
SO I’ve reached the end of my 52 photos SP challenge…. it’s been quite a journey….
I’ve talked about the importance of self portraits before. Sometimes it’s a struggle to not come across as vain, but instead I like to acknowledge this journey as learning about who you are and how you see yourself.
But more importantly I know it’s helped me grow as a portrait photographer, in terms of composition, light, location and subject matter. Thankfully it’s also enabled me to have a collection of photos to look back on with some wonderful memories.
So I thought I’d share some of my techniques….
The urge to take a SP is either sparked by a location, so the light or the space may be gorgeous and that is my prompt. Or I may want to record a moment or a feeling that is worth acknowledging or remembering.
I either use reflective surfaces or hold the camera at arms length….
….but mostly I use the self timer, sometimes with a tripod and it’s only recently I have started to use a remote control, (boy has this made it easier!,) although I still find “jump” shots much easier with the self timer.
To set the shot up, find the composition I want and where I will be in the frame, then find my focal point and set my focus there. I move into the shot and click away. Sometimes magic happens and you get it first time, other times it’s a disaster and rethink happens. Mostly it works after a couple of takes, either I get what I picture in my head or an accidental surprise happens. Something interesting is always created.
Now I know it’s important to keep shooting myself, especially when I spend so much time behind the camera, so even though this set of 52/52 SP project is done, I will carry on the SP mission…. how do you find capturing yourself?