So far this year, we’ve worked in Light Painting, Candlelight, Ambient Light, Refraction and Natural Light. It is time to turn the light on ourselves with self-portraits. It is said that portraits are made on both sides of the camera, the challenge is to be the one person on both sides of the camera.
Like many photographers, I am far more comfortable on the back side of the camera. When I move in front of the camera a thousand things run through my head. Who will see this photograph? What will they think when they do? Am I too old? Too fat? Too ugly? Is my skin flawed? My personality? Am I singing off key?
Technically it requires being able to “see” blindly through the lens. I must imagine what the final product will look like and set up at the right location with the right lighting.
You can use several technical approaches to take this photo:
Before you press the button, I am suggesting you start with time to consider the following:
Is there a concept? How will this photo be used? Professional headshot? Instagram Post? Do I want something unique or just uniquely me?
I like to “see” the photo in my head and often scratch a version onto paper. This allows me to consider which lens I will use and whether to use a distortion lens or refraction tool. Will I tell a story?
Can I convey who I am without appearing in the portrait? Can I convey the story with just hands? or beloved chotskies? or shadows?
Will I smile? Joy is a true expression of my inner self. But then again, so is quiet, or serious, or exhausted.
The challenge is to create authentic portraits your inner self.