52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 41 - Self Portrait

October 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The time has come where you all have to jump in front of the camera yourself.  This week your challenge is to create a Self Portrait.  By this I do not mean a selfie whereby you just look up at your handheld device and snap without much thought.

We can all point a camera at ourselves.  What I am talking about is planning and thinking about what you are doing and make a thought-provoking, beautiful self portrait of yourself like some of the great painters before us have.

Show us a little bit more about yourself, how do you want to portray yourself, what do you like.  You may want to photograph your imaginings or you may want to make a statement.  Maybe you will show us in your environment.  Scout for an interesting location, or maybe introduce props.  Photograph all of you or part of you or maybe your shadow.

There are many reasons why Self Portraiture is relevant but one simple reason is summed up in this quote by Bridget Brow – “If you cannot capture the essence of your own self, how are you to capture the essence of someone else?”

Being behind the camera is a safe place, self portraiture keeps you in touch with how it feels to have a camera pointed at you.  This is something portrait photographers should never lose sight of.

Self Portraits can be fun and you don’t need anyone’s permission.  If it doesn’t work out the first try, you can delete it and start from scratch again without having to give anyone an explanation.

Pull out your tripod and remote shutter release or cable.  If you don’t have a remote shutter release, get familiar with the delayed timer on your camera.  Play around with different sorts of lighting, natural or introduced.  Use mirrors and play with reflections.

There you have it, be brave and get in front of that camera.  Use your imagination and above all, enjoy yourself and have fun this week.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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