During this ongoing pandemic, COVID-19, the world has come to a pause and almost everyone is just home quarantined. Some of us are really going crazy while the others are trying to relax and learn a new skill or hobby. Well, a really good way to spend your time is by clicking Self-Portraits and learn a new skill!
To explain, self-portrait photography is a photograph one takes of themselves. However, selfie and self-portrait photography isn’t exactly the same.
On one hand, a selfie is a picture taken by an individual holding the smartphone or small cameras by hand or attaching it with a selfie stick. Well, I specifically mentioned smartphones and small cameras because it is really difficult to click a selfie with a DSLR (trust me I’ve tried it), the reason being that DSLRs are really heavy and if you try clicking and it’s really tiring unless you go to a gym and have nice biceps.
Whereas on the other hand, a self-portrait is a picture of oneself clicked hands-free, which is by attaching it on a tripod.
Furthermore, you can’t really do much with a selfie whereas you can always make your self-portraits creative. So let me help you with that.
“How do I start? What do I need?”
All you need is a DSLR and you yourself.
At the same time, Tripod is a piece of really important equipment, but if you don’t have one, just keep your camera on a stable surface like the floor, table, stool or a stack of books. Likewise, I do not recommend doing this if you have a pet dog.
Next, you need a good, clean background. It could be a wall or you can just clip in a wrinkle-free blanket or bedsheet. In addition, it’s always better to choose an earthy or neutral tone for the background like grey, white, or dull pin; so that the subject, you, look good in front of it.
Now the lense you would need is a macro lens or a prime lens, with less than 50mm focal length with a wide aperture so that the Bokeh effect is there, with a shallow depth of field, seen in many portraits clicked by famous photographers.
It is important to make sure that there is a good amount of light in the room and it is bright so that the shutter speed. You can achieve it through light equipment, sunlight, ring light or even through your laptop by searching ring light. Moreover, the light should not be pointy, it should be subtle. So I suggest avoiding the camera flash. Ik addition, the light should come from the opposite direction from the subject. If it is coming from the same side as of the subject, the subject will get dark.
Control your DSLR from your gadgets:
A lot of Nikon users can switch to portrait mode and use the Wireless Mobile Utility App (WMU) to use your smartphone, tablet or laptop as a remote
However, you can put a self-timer by just switching the Focus to Manual mode and focus it on desired area so that when you take your position, the camera’s focus isn’t triggered.
Accordingly, you can burst your creativity or just go normal; either way, the photographs will come out really good.
You can edit your shots using iOS and Android apps like Color story, Snapseed, Picsart, Lightroom, etc. Nevertheless, if you want to make a major edit, a lot different than the original click, then Photoshop is the best option. But, using Photoshop can be a lot harder and would need assistance initially.