Hello hello! It’s finally Friday and it’s also the first day of February which is amazing considering January started like two days ago.
Would you believe me if I said most of the photos on my feed, I’ve taken myself? Yup. Some people find this so lame that they can’t help but to laugh at my face. Others are completely amazed because they know there is hard work behind it, and it’s not a joke. And funny enough no matter on what group they fell into, they all ask me about how I do it. And they want all the details. ALL of them.
So in today’s post, I’m going to share some tips and tricks about self-portrait photography. Cause not all of us have people available all the time. Or if you are like me, maybe you don’t feel as comfortable in front of the camera. Especially if there is another person behind it.
So let’s go ahead and get started already.
SELF-PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS AND TRICKS
Let’s start this section by saying that the following tips won’t teach you how to take good photos of yourself. Practice will do that. And of course, you have to cover some of the basics of photography like having great lighting, play with your composition, expose correctly, etc.
These tips are for when you already know how to take photos, you just don’t know how to take them of yourself.
A TRIPOD IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
First of all, safety. You don’t want to place your camera on an unreliable surface just for one photo. Second of all, if there is a freaking object exclusively made with the purpose of holding cameras in place… Why don’t use it?
A tripod will help you place your camera on a secure surface. And it will give you the possibility of shooting from different angles. Cause even though the camera will stay put, your tripod doesn’t have to. You can play with its hight. It’s position towards you, the angle of the camera, etc.
AUTOFOCUS IS A GREAT FRIEND TOO
I don’t even know if it is possible to shoot a self-portrait with manual focus. I mean of course it’s possible, you just set your camera in manual focus and shoot. But what I mean is that I can’t see how you can get a good and in-focus picture out of it.
That’s why it is very important to have your camera set with the autofocus on.
In my personal case, my camera has a flippy screen, so I flip it out and see myself just to make sure the composition is alright and everything is in focus. And this brings me to the next tip.
REMOTE VS TIMER
Besides using my camera’s flippy screen to compose myself. Since my camera has Wi-fi too, I connect it to my phone and synced it with Canon’s app. That way, I can control my camera with my phone. I can focus by touching the screen. I can change most of my camera settings, etc. This was actually a game changer.
I always used to set my camera with a 2-seconds timer. I got in position, made sure I was in focus. Clicked the button to shoot and threw my phone out of the frame. But this got to a point where I was actually about to break my phone because I threw it too hard. So I got myself a remote shutter.
So now what I do is; I get into the Canon’s app on my phone as well, make sure I’m in focus and correctly composed. Then I hide my phone, nicely and with a lot of love and care. And with the remote on my hand, I shoot. And since my camera is set with a 2-seconds timer. I just keep shooting and moving. The remote is so tiny it’s on every single one of my photos, and I dare you to find it!
I only go back to my phone when I want to change the composition or whatever else that would need any further adjustments.
And that is basically it. After that, I just hope for the best and then edit my photos. And then get surprised by some of them because they actually turned out ok.
It is really awkward standing in front of a camera just by yourself. I mean if there is no one there to interact with, it is very hard to show any emotions whatsoever. So this will take a lot of practice.
Just make sure to keep moving, don’t stay still. If you are too uncomfortable don’t look straight to the camera. Experiment with different poses and facial expressions. Don’t be afraid to try weird things, there is no one else there with you so just let yourself go.