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6 Steps to a better Self-Portrait

Fri Dec 6, 2013, 12:00 AM

1. Always use a tripod.

Seriously. Always. use. a. tripod.
mohawk. by Senju-HiMe
Using a tripod is one of the most important steps to make your self-portrait look professional.
Imagine the model in this picture would hold the camera with her arm. Would it look just as professional?
A tripod is always useful to stabilize your photo, but when you take self-portraits, it is not only useful - it is essential.
If you would model for someone else and he'd give you the camera, there'd be something wrong, right? ;)
Note and wind by palecardinal This hair like lace by Archaical
You are not only the photographer, you're the model, too.
Doesn't matter how close you are to the camera, don't touch it :shifty:
And don't you dare to take the camera - or even your phone - and stand in front of the mirror! No, I disagree!
_fear not. by josefinejonssonphoto
So, will you use a tripod when you take your next self-portrait?
If the answer is free grumpy cat icon by piijenius, go back to the start =P
Everyone else, let's go to step two :happybounce:

2. Be creative.

granada. by Senju-HiMe
A Portrait can be so much more than just a photo of a person!
Of course no one will stop you when you take a simple snapshot of yourself, but you could do so much better! :dummy:
Try out some unusual poses or try an interesting concept.
colonial by SuzyTheButcher Behind the black and white by hidden-silly The Master by LidiaVives
Be creative and think it through!
Plan your self-portrait just like you would with every other photo.
If you want to make a nice still-life you wouldn't just place the object anywhere random and press the shutter, right?
The same goes for self-portraits. Be creative, don't make the photo just about you.
Create a scene, implement a concept, tell a story! :)

3. You are the model!

Flush by fae-photography
Remember, one of the difficulties of self-portraits is to be the photographer and the model at once.
Try to avoid the typical "i'll just stand here and smile into the camera"!
Raven II by wyldraven Red V by OlgaAthens Wild by Slawa
Your photo is supposed to be a portrait, not a snapshot and you are supposed to be a model - act like one!
"But i'm too shy!" Nuu   - doesn't matter, it's a self-portrait, remember?
If you ever take a bad picture of yourself, no one will see it :D
Get some inspiration! Look at some portraits - not necessary self-portraits - and try some poses.
Who knows, maybe you'll start to like posing! It could be so much fun Woohooooo!

4. Get out of your comfort zone.

Pandora's Box by zenibyfajnie
Are you tired of taking the 3133529th picture in your bedroom?
Take your camera, your equipment (don't forget the tripod!) and go outside!
Pink it's my new obsession by Helen-Stifler Wind and waves by fae-photography Magic Scarves by Phos-Ink
Some portraits look so much more interesting when they're shot outside.
And they might appear more professional as well... or do the photos above look like self-portraits? Sherlock Holmes
In addition: take advantage of whatever awaits you outside!
Wind, rain, snow could make your photo more interesting as well (but make sure your camera is protected ;))

5. Try something new

drape by bailey--elizabeth
Try something new and unusual!
Try another angle or a new make-up.
Try something you haven't seen a hundred times :)
splintering by SuzyTheButcher Crossing by DallasHarder you'll never feel alive by bailey--elizabeth
You can play around with some equipment or play with the lighting.
Or you could take some photos of your body parts - your legs, your back, your hand...
or virtually any other part you find appealing.
Don't be shy! Experiment.
Remember, if you don't like the result, no one ever has to see it  :)

6. Other things that might be helpful

dawn by SuzyTheButcher
Have you ever tried a fancy new pose - just to see afterwards that it looked awful? Grump
Trying out a new pose, running to your camera, checking the result, seeing that it turned out not as you wished, trying again, aaand so on...
If this isn't your idea of a relaxing self-portrait shooting, a mirror is your solution.
Place it next to the camera, now you can easily see if you should straighten your back or arrange that wisp of hair or anything else :)
romance 3 by gestiefeltekatze rain by mialepson Img 1147 4 by Katherine-Klud
If you want to make your self-portrait shootings even more pleasant, buy a remote-control release!
No more press-the-self-timer-and-wait, no more oh-i-must-run-to-the-camera-and-hurry-back.
And those who have done that a few times knows that after a while it becomes quite exhausting and might eventually turn your face red... not so attractive Sweating a little... A remote-control release makes it so much easier.

If you follow these 6 steps, your self-portraits will look more interesting and professional. Just try it!
And the most important advice: have fun :heart:

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fae-photography Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you for featuring me twice :heart:
ElyneNoir Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! I love your photos :)
LidiaVives Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you ^^
wyldraven Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for featuring my art in this great article! :)
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice and tips =) very much appreciated!
Slawa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
petitecat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
That is so amazing, thank You kindly for Your tips :):heart:
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article :la: :la:
ElyneNoir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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