Photographing high-end self-portraits
Last November was the first time I ever tried photographing myself. This came at a time when I was learning studio lighting and figuring out my own photographic style. It turned out so much better than I could’ve imagined and I was hooked to photographing self-portraits since that experience.
Over the last year I’ve developed my own photography style and even my own modeling style. I love photographing more serious, dramatic, and demure portraits, so I implemented that into my own modeling.
Since my first self-portrait attempt I’ve learned a few things that have helped me photograph myself successfully and execute the vision and dream I have in mind. Here are a couple things I’ve learned:
The first thing I’ve discovered is that it’s helpful to decide the style and type of photos you want to shoot of yourself. I’m more of a serious person, so shooting and modeling with a serious face would make sense with my personality type. In last year’s photo I photographed myself by creating a black background with my camera settings and off-camera lighting.
I also always keep in mind my lighting situation–as I believe the lighting makes or breaks how it turns out. I love contrast, short lighting, and shadows, so I try to use that whenever I can.
The most important aspect of this is being able to focus the lens on you while simultaneously modeling. It’s a definitely a struggle and takes dozens of tries to nail it. With the current camera I have I can use my phone both as a shutter release and preview what is currently seen in camera. If you don’t have access to that, I would place an object where you will sit and on your camera focus your lens, and then lock that focus by changing it to manual focus.
After my own trials and failures and success, I decided to create a new series of self-portraits.