We’d do well to learn to love and see the beauty in ourselves.
This is of course, easier said than done. A good place to start is by expressing and being ourselves, and being less critical of ourselves and our efforts.
A good rule of thumb: treat yourself with the love and compassion you’d treat a dear friend. Build yourself up, be compassionate, be patient.
Self-portraits can be another way to learn to love ourselves. As artists, it can of course involve some self-criticism, but it also gives us a chance to really see ourselves, and appreciate our own version of beauty.
So whether we’re taking a more loving and compassionate approach to ourselves, stepping in front of the camera, or both, let’s be kind. Let’s really try to see ourselves and appreciate the unique beauty we bring to the world.
Self-portraits are a great way to learn about your camera, lighting equipment, posing, costuming, and yourself!
It can be difficult to be both model and photographer, so here are some essentials to get started in self portrait photography!
For regular or beauty portraits, it’s often best to have the camera at eye-level
For fashion portraits, consider having the camera a bit lower, maybe waist level. It’ll make you look taller!
A Focal Point
Depending on how you trigger the camera, just a point on a wall can work, but I personally use an extra light stand with a foam head on it. This way you can better see what will fit in the frame and how the light will fall!
When you get before the camera to model, you’ll take the place of what you used to focus.
The camera’s self timer can work, but I highly recommend a remote shutter release!
There are wireless, time-lapse timers, and corded options, so consider what kind of portraits to want to take.
Corded and wireless are great when you’re relatively close to the camera, and a time-lapse remote is wonderful when you’re going to be far from the camera (like an environmental portrait).
Patience is necessary for self portraits, as it can take dozens if not hundreds of photos to get one we like!
If you’re using a remote that uses batteries, be sure to have extras on hand. You don’t want to be all dolled-up and have the remote suddenly stop working!
Self portraits are a huge opportunity to learn and grow, so I highly recommend giving them a shot!
We’ll delve into self-portrait photography more in the future, but now you have the essentials to get started!