In today’s blog, self-portraiture is something many of you might avoid for fear of appearing vain or looking awkward. In reality, self-portraiture is far more than a photo of your face. When embraced, self-portraiture reveals a world filled with therapeutic emotions, creative stories, and refreshing inspiration. The following tips will help you become a better self-portrait photographer.
Like many beginners in the genre of self-portraiture, you probably feel shy in front of the camera. What adds to the shyness is the knowledge that you might look awkward in your photographs. Standing in front of a camera alone can be intimidating, but if you look past the temporary nature of fear, you’ll get the chance to be more comfortable with your equipment.
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of photographing your natural face, transform! Many self-portrait photographers enjoy the process of turning into characters with the help of wigs, makeup, and costumes. Find interesting things in your wardrobe and makeup kit. It’s easier to feel confident once you’ve transformed into a certain character.
Experiment with different kinds of light
As a beginner, you have a lot of creative freedom. Don’t allow limitations to fill your mind with doubt. Instead, experiment as much as you can. Find interesting light patterns, inspiring locations, and artists. Combined, these will shape you into a fantastic, open-minded photographer. This will help you greatly in your artistic future.
Light is capable of turning a simple image into one that perfectly matches the mood you wish to create. Like your camera, light requires attention and time; the more you experiment with it, the easier it’ll be to understand it. Before your self-portrait shoot, spend some time observing the world through your camera. This will strengthen your creative mind and help you envision your photographs better.
Important details to keep in mind
If your camera has a flip screen, take advantage of it. This handy feature will allow you to see yourself clearly and to understand which poses look appealing. If you don’t have a flip screen, use a mirror to reflect the results.
For those who don’t have camera remotes, small objects are extremely helpful. Simply place one of your possessions where you’d like to pose, and manually focus your camera so that the object appears sharp. This will help you get great results and prevent you from worrying about blurry shots.
To avoid shots in which only your nose is sharp, use a small aperture. This will create a wider depth of field, allowing for more details to stand out. Many photographers use an aperture anywhere between f/3.5 to f/8.0 (depending on their lens) to create self-portraits that are both sharp and dream-like at the same time.