I thought I would try to take some self portraits the other day and I have to say it’s quite a difficult exercise!
Not in terms of the material needed, in fact it’s easy to improvise something at home: find a clean wall near a window, a tripod, a remote control and you’re set!
The difficult part is to look at the camera and know when to press the button on your remote. When you’re photographing someone else it’s easy to look at the person and wait for a good expression to take the shot. When you’re alone you have no idea! So you have to keep shooting and checking the back of your camera.
I took a lot of photos, I did some stupid faces at some point to try to relax a bit (like the bottom left one), I got some out of focus ones as well (the focus was on the wall instead of on me). Then when you’re selecting the ones you want to edit you find yourself being very critic, I guess we are all the same when looking at pictures of ourselves – right?
Finally I went for a black and white edit, not taking too much time working on my skin or other aspects. I just kept it natural. The montage above is the final result.
What’s your experience with self portraiture?
If none, would you dare trying and posting some of the results? 😉