Sunday, July 30, 2006

Tip #12 Aphrodite Again

Try taking a picture of yourself with out your face in it. This can be an effective way to ease yourself into the self portrait process if you are like most other people and are overly critical of pitures of yourself.
If you're stuck for ideas, try one of the following ideas:
1. Your favorite body part.
2. Something easy to photograph, like your toes or hands.
3. Accentuate something you wear all the time, like a ring, or something permentant on your body like a freckle or tattoo.

Self Portrait Challenge

I just found out about this weekly challenge a little while ago. I can't wait until the next challenge is announced so I can participate.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tip#11 Props


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tip#10 Get a Timer!

Really, if you don't have a timer on your camera, get one that does. It opens up a million possibilities for self portrait.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tip #9 Give it a Go

I like the darkness of this picture. I also like the sand on my arm, and the beautiful mauve color glowing behind my hair. The closest thing to a tip I have for this picture is to try something different. This pose felt new to me (I tend to go for the sex pot image more than the melodrama image), so I gave it a go.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Tip #8 Turn Off Your Flash

I think this picture should be called "The Birth of Aphrodite." My camera was focused on the sun so it thought it didn't need to use the flash--and thank goodness! A flash would have totally washed out this picture and made it uninteresting. This way it has a eerie, orangey, dramatic look.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Tip #7 Self Timer

Learn how to use your camera's timer. If your camera doesn't have one, feel fry to have yourself a good cry. I positioned my camera on a rock, plotted out a point on the rock it was pointing to that I knew would be in the frame, and hit the shutter button. Ten seconds later I was plastered against the rock and the shutter opened and closed. The picture isn't in focus because I didn't focus it properly before I jumped into the frame, but I like the the slight blur in the picture. It goes with the sense of movement of the picture.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Tip #6 Spin!

This tip is really quite simple, but I found it to be fun and productive. I love the sense of motion it adds to the picture. Just spin in circles while you hold your camera out and take a picture. Don't stop spinning until after your camer takes the picture (in other words don't spin, then stop and take the picture. That tip should be self evident, but you never know!) I reccomend trying a couple shots per spin session. These were my favorite pictures using the spin technique.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Tip #5 Location

Shake things up, get outta your living room, and hit the road. I drove out to the beach on a whim the other day, and I encountered a magical photo shoot when I did it. It was like I was a little dancing leprechaun cartoon that finally got to eat my caulderon full of marshmellowy cereal. The lighting was perfect, and my battery lasted until dark. This is one of my favorite shots for lighting (and other) reasons. Please ignore the fact that my underwear is hanging out.

Tip# 4 Photoshop Continued

Try a color overlay. They don't really maintain the integrity of the shot (aka, there is nothing natural looking about them!), but they are really fun. This one makes me look like Elfie, the modern Wicked Witch of the West.
Defy Gravity!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Tip #3 Photoshop

Welcome to the world of the air-brushed. Let's face it, not a lot of people like pictures of themselves. I see it all the time at the studio I work at. I print beautiful pictures of a bride, and all she can see is that she's squeezing her arm in and it looks fat. Whatever, I think. But I do it too! I take a close up self portrait (the only kind really, when you're holding the camera yourself) and all I see is a big nose, a few blemishes, and a little bit of a double chin. The good news is that I can still salvage a shot that I otherwise love with a little help from my new friend, Adobe Photoshop. I use the dodge tool and the lens blur if I want to hide blemishes, but still keep the shot looking as natural as possible. If yiou want to see an example of those techniques, check out the photo I used in Tip #2.

I used the Glass option under Distort for the picture of me in the hat. I like how you can still tell what I look like, but imperfections are hidden. I think this option really adds something to the picture too. My interpretation of this picture is that someone is looking at me through a beer bottle. It feels very "Bar" and goes with my hat and serious expression.

I used the Watercolor option under Artistic for the picture with my hands in it. This option goes with the whimsical and soft expression I have in the picture.

Both options give a nice overall forgiving mask while maintaining integrity of the shot. I'm sure there are other options that will accomplish the same task, I just haven't found them yet.

Tip #2 Lying Down

Try lying down on your back and extending your arms above to take your self portrait. Try looking at the camera straight on, and try tilting your chin down a little bit too. I am tilting my head down a bit in this one; I took the picture from both angles, but I liked this one best.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Self Portraiture Tip #1

I have decided to get my masters (my family is cheering right now). I am going to get my masters in the art of self portraiture (and the cheering stops). I have done most of my studies on myspace (raise your hand if you spend too much time there too), as you will undoubtedly be able to depict in my work. I guess you could say I am heavily influenced by the school of myspace. Ok, enough of that for now. My first tip is this: try taking your picture from a high angle.


Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog. I intend to use this blog to share my love of photography with the world. I got a new camera (Canon SD 450) about a month ago, and ever since then I have taken about twenty million pictures a day. Then I discovered the wonders of Adobe Photoshop, and it was all over. Myspace's 12 picture maximum was getting in the way with all the fun I was having with my new camera, so here I am.