Photoshoots

First Outdoor Self Photoshoot

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My First Self Photoshoot:

So I told myself that I would do some sort of photoshoot about once a week for a few weeks. Nothing strict or crazy, but something to work for. But because I’m new at this and I don’t have models coming to me left and right I have to improvise. Insert, my first outdoor self photoshoot.

I did this photoshoot on the way to work early in the morning. I had just gotten my first Gorilla tripod and wanted to test it out. Basically I LOVE IT! It’s a lot easier to use in a casual setting than a traditional tripod. And it draws less attention to me taking photos of myself out in public. Of course, you have to get creative with it. I have one that’s specifically for mirrorless cameras because I’m using my Sony Alpha A6000. And in this case I was using my new Pentax-M 50mm f1.4 lens which I got for pretty cheap.

Right off the bat, taking photos of yourself is REALLY hard! Especially when you’re using a lens that needs to be manually focused. Because of this, a good chunk of the photos I took were too out of focus to use. *insert sad face here. But a lot of the closer portrait photos I could tell when my face was in focus and therefore are useable. Of course that means little to no verity when it comes to subject distance, i.e. no full body photos. Lameee. Oh well, at least I learned something.

What I learned:

Since I’m still new at this, I like to analyze each photoshoot and see what I learned from them. That way I will hopefully improve even quicker. Yay for optimism! lol. In the case of this self photoshoot here are some of the major things that I’ve learned.

  1. Review your photos: A whole portion of my photoshoot was out of focus and I didn’t even notice. Even with the limited time that I had, I should have stopped to review my photos every time I changed location or poses.
  2. Auto Focus Lens: If you’re short on time & plan on moving around a lot try using a lens that is set up to auto focus. I like manually focusing cause you can get quicker shots and you have more control. Despite that, I’d say it’s worth trying to auto focus when doing a self photoshoot when you have limited time. Either way, reviewing your photos is probably that biggest thing.

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Here are some examples of poorly focused photos from this shoot. The first one I still really like regardless and the second one isn’t terrible because I’m not looking at the camera, but the last one it’s obvious that my face SHOULD be in focus… but isn’t.

In conclusion:

Considering that this photoshoot was quickly done while I was walking to work, and that it was my first self photoshoot out in public I gotta say that it was a success. I learned a lot, I got a few photos that I like and I got to test out some new gear. Win, win, win. As much as I enjoy doing self photoshoots, I will say that I prefer being behind the camera when it comes to photography. You obviously have so much more control when you can move the camera around and manually focus or adjust on the spot.

How do you take self portraits, got any tips and tricks for a newbie like myself? Or just let me know what you think of the outcome of this photoshoot in the comments bellow.

Until next time,

xoxo, Tatyana

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