Self Portrait 101

I decided to make my first attempt at self portraits recently and it went great!  I am a photographer, but in all honesty, I do not really like having my photo taken, I typically shy away from the camera and have a hard time trusting someone else to take my portrait.  I really needed some new photos of myself for a magazine I am putting out and my website, so I decided to give it a try.

Self Portrait 101


Equipment Needed
Tripod
2 Cameras (one to take the pictures, one for me to hold)
Remote Trigger

What I did...
I used my 60D camera on the tripod since it has a swivel screen, I could see where I was at in the shot as you can see in the photo below.  I then paired that with an inexpensive remote trigger that I bought from a local camera store.  It really was as simple as that!

Self Portrait 101 | Camera Setup

I shot at f/2.8 and the appropriate shutter-speed & ISO to match the lighting conditions.  For this style of shooting, I did do one thing quite different that normal.  I put it on automatic focal point rather than selective.  I did pay the price a bit with some miss focused images, but it was going to be difficult to pick the correct focal point when I moved in the frame.  

Here are my results: 

Self Portrait 101 | Detroit Lakes Area Photographer

Self Portrait 101 | Detroit Lakes Area Photographer

Self Portrait 101 | Detroit Lakes Area Photographer

Self Portrait 101 | Detroit Lakes Area Photographer


Oh and did I mention that it was the most beautiful morning to go out and take pictures, overcast with some light snowflakes falling down!

I do have a few more openings for outdoor winter sessions if you are interested go ahead and give me a call or send me an email (contact information can be found on my contact page)

Thanks!

~Amber Langerud