Self Portrait Challenge

We live in a world full of selfies, selfie sticks, and camera phones. I feel it’s so important to leave room for artistic thought-out photographs, so this week I give you…the self portrait challenge. I am no stranger to the lovely world of Instagram, (which you can follow me on here) and I love to take pictures of myself and my friends and family. However, I find I am my own worst critic when it comes to photos of myself, ha! So this week I did some research,  tried about 30 different poses and camera settings. Here’s how it went.

My week started off doing to some research for the self portrait challenge. I started by reading some tips from other photographers in forums and on Facebook groups. The information I got was a little overwhelming. Some liked the full body portraits, some liked the tiny details. Personally for me, I love the little details. I’m always a fan of highlighting your best features.

Self Portrait

I set up my tripod in my bedroom, where the light is a little softer and warmer. For those of you that are interested, I chose the ISO that I thought would be appropriate which was 800 and with a shutter speed of 1/6 of a second and with an F-stop of 4.5. In Lightroom, I used a portrait preset for black and white. Then, after tweaking some of the contrast and a few other odds and ends, I finished the photo.

When I find photos where you can see a little of the persons personality, it makes me immediately love that photo. So in my self portrait challenge I found an angle with my eye and my nose ring. For some people, their highlighted feature may be a tattoo, a birthmark, or the cutest button nose. You just have to decide on the best angle.

So, there is my finished photo. I can’t wait to see yours. I don’t care if this is your first photo ever or your 1000th self portrait, I’d love to see them!



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