Self Assignment: Self-Portraits

Now that I’m settled in Raleigh I decided it was time to unbox my light stands and flash units and start practicing portrait photography. Like all great artists *cough* I decided to hire myself as a model since I was already here and available.

The first set of portraits (black shirt) was taken using my 40mm lens and before I decided that having a remote shutter release would make life much easier (and also it would greatly reduce the risk of tripping over a tripod leg when I’m running to get in front of the lens after setting off the timer). The second set of portraits (blue polka-dot sweater) was shot with my 85mm lens and the remote shutter release (huzzah!). I had my Speedlight on a stand, aimed at the ceiling, and my Sunpak was behind a diffuser umbrella off to my left (to boost the natural daylight coming in from my window). For self-portraits I still have to hack getting the focus locked in, usually by sliding a light stand in the approximate spot I’ll be posing, or propping up a tripod bag on a stool. It seems to work reasonably well.

I’ll haul out my Michael Grecco and Joe McNally books in due time, but for now, I’m having some fun getting reacquainted with my gear.

Victoria Klum Photography: Photoblog &emdash; Self Portrait 1

Victoria Klum Photography: Photoblog &emdash; Self Portrait 3

Victoria Klum Photography: Photoblog &emdash; Self Portrait 2

Victoria Klum Photography: Photoblog &emdash; Self Portrait 5

Victoria Klum Photography: Photoblog &emdash; Self Portrait 4

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