With everything going on, we’ve been taking a closer look at ourselves. Our values. Our beliefs. Our emotions.
This week, I’d like to give you a few tips on how to capture some of these moments while at home. It’s called self-capture. You could use this method for a family picture, before attending a community meeting, or while modeling a mask made by your designer friend.
As y’all know, my husband takes most of my pictures. However, I began learning more about the art of self-captures. It was a challenge, but it was also empowering to take the initiative. Over time, I’ve become more confident with my angles and poses.
I believe you can do it, too. Here’s what you’ll need:
There’s no need to break the bank. Purchase a high-quality but reasonably priced tripod. You need one that will hold the weight of your camera — plus your heaviest lens. If you’re using your phone, be sure the tripod supports your device. Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy have affordable options.
A remote is essential for self-capture photos. These are relatively inexpensive. If you are using a DSLR, you can also set the timer. Using a timer can make things much easier, especially once you get the hang of things.
Camera or iPhone
I prefer taking self-captures on my camera. Photography is a hobby, so I have plenty of cameras lying around. There’s an alternative, though: the portrait mode on my iPhone 10.
(Tip: If you choose to buy a camera with a lens, a good inexpensive option is the 50 mm 1.8. With a lower aperture, this lens is what gets that beautiful blurred background).
Here are additional elements to consider:
On those days when you are shooting inside or unable to go outside, you will be grateful that you invested in quality lighting.
Getting clear pictures can be a challenge with self-capture photos. I use my dress form to find my focus point.
I recommend that you shoot one hour before the sunset or one hour after sunrise. You can still get great shots throughout the day, but I always recommend these times.
Try different poses and be creative. Remember, you are telling a story, so have fun! Express a range of emotions, from smiling to a more focused look.
The focus should be on you. If a location is busy, use another background with minimal distractions.
What are your tips? Let me know.