Let's be honest. We all have moments when we want to have a picture of us taken but there's no one around to take it. I take 99.9% of my own profile pictures because of this (lol). Mastering the skill of taking self portraits can be super handy, especially if you are making an outfit or some other blog post. Here is just a short and simple tutorial based off the usual steps that I take when creating a self portrait.
First things first: You're going to need a camera (obviously). Whether it be a DSLR camera or your phone, find some type of camera that will take quality shots. A lot of DSLRs like the Canon Rebel have a flip out screen which can be especially helpful.
If you're using a DSLR camera, using a tripod is obviously most ideal (I bought mine from Best Buy for less than 30 bucks). However, before I bought a tripod I used everything from shelves to stacked up books for taking portraits. If you're using your iPhone, a shelf against a wall can work really well, but iPhone tripods are also available and are a good investment if you take photos primarily on your phone.
Find Your Location
As weird as it sounds, I take a lot of photos in my bathroom because that's where lighting is the best in my room. If you're planning on taking your photo indoors, it can be hard to find a good spot. I lean towards clean backgrounds near windows. Scope out the area and take a few test shots to find the best location in your house; if you're taking self portraits outside, you'll have less of a problem with finding good light. Just try to stay away from direct sunlight and back-lit areas.
Setting up Your Shot
If you don't have an aforementioned flip-out screen on your camera, setting up your shot can be a little tricky. I usually place an object where I think I'll be standing. This is also a good tactic for focusing your camera--put your focus on manual and focus on the object where you'll be standing. In the long run however, I would invest in a shutter release cable which will auto focus on you when you're in front of the camera.
Taking the Shot
Again, if you have a shutter release cable this will be a lot easier. All you have to do is press a button. However, an alternative is just simply setting up a self timer. I usually do about 10 seconds.
And there you have it: the process is relatively straightforward, but getting the right shot can take lots of practice. Experiment with lighting, find your best angles, and be patient.
Until next time,