Typically when you’re a photographer you’re behind the camera, unless you’re also the subject that is. Taking a self-portrait can be time-consuming. Not only are you the subject, but you’re also the photographer so running back and forth between those positions isn’t always easy. Much different than the “selfie”, you can’t always see yourself and the camera settings at the same time. If you’re looking to master a self-portrait, here’s how you can.
Why take a self-portrait when you could just have another photographer take it? Self-portraits are a much more personal style. You, as the photographer, decide what camera settings, lighting and poses you want for yourself. You, as the subject, get to be captured by your true self.
Where to Start
First, you’ll need to make sure you have everything you need for a successful shoot. You can have fun and be flexible in this because you’ll experience what your subjects experience, and gain insight on how to be a better photographer.
Before you being, purchase a wireless remote for your camera. Don’t waste time putting your camera on a timer. With the click of a remote, you can capture yourself in the exact moment you want the photo taken. This gives you more control as both the photographer and the subject because you’re not relying on a count-down.
Second, you’ll need a tripod. If you’re in the picture then who’s holding the camera? Tripods are great for self-portraits because it allows you full control of the angle you’re shooting from, especially since you won’t be physically holding the camera yourself.
Fix your camera settings for optimal effects. Make sure you have good lighting and set your ISO, shutter speed and other settings to where they need to be so you’re not running back and forth between posing and behind the camera.
Now that you’re ready to take the picture, be sure to take multiple photos before you go to look at them. You don’t want to take one, look at it and then take another one and so on. This will only waste your time.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try fun poses and different angles. You want to look natural just as any other subject would when posing.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the camera and posing, try to adjust the settings once more to ensure you’re getting the best photos you could be. During this time, go through some photos to see what you like and what’s just not working. This is where you’ll want to make any last minute changes if necessary.
After you’ve gotten photos you’re satisfied with, you can finally go home and edit. This should be easy for you if you’re used to taking photos and editing them. Remember when you’re editing pictures of yourself that you are unique. You may not be like the people you normally take pictures of. Once you’re home with the final results, you can say that you’ve mastered the self-portrait.