Remember how I said I wanted to try more “just because” photo shoots? Well over Thanksgiving break I did! I wanted to practice using my tripod and self-portraiture skills, so I got all dressed up on a warm sunny day and walked to the park despite the numerous stares I got along the way. When learning to take self-portraits, there’s lesson #1: forget what other people might think!
This whole photo shoot was trial and error. Where do I stand? How do I focus? What do I do with my limbs?! In the end, I did get some winning shots. Here are my favorites:
I really have no idea how I got the light to hit just right so that I got this beautiful, dreamy effect. I wanted the whole “backlit” look (as seen here) so I positioned myself in front of the sun. When going through my photos, I saw that I was mostly cast in shadows except for this one. Standing in the right place for the best light is like one huge guessing game! Does anyone have tips or suggestions for the best way to position oneself during golden hour?
Surprisingly, some of my favorite shots were not the close-ups, but just me in this wide, open field.
It was so freeing to try new things! The trickiest part was getting the photos to focus at this distance.
Distance, indeed – I also attempted more close-up shots for the traditional “portrait” look.
As you can see, the sun set so quickly! I had less than an hour to take my photos. However, I’m so thankful that Texas was warm and sunny at this time of the year. In addition to the warm weather, I also couldn’t have done this shoot without my trusty assistant – my little brother. He came along and stood in place so that I could get the lens in focus! Haha, so now my secret’s out.
This was my first self-portrait; I’m always ready to learn more! What are your tips and suggestions for taking self-portraits?
Thanks for reading!
Also linked on TLV Birdie.