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Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Any models on here ever make attempts at self-photography?

Any creative processes you use to get some original shots?
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*Edit to post added on 1/12*

Here is some work so far:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120425/16/4f988b266802e_m.jpg

Don't agree with the cropping but was working in the 35mm range:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121114/19/50a4657d0c012_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121114/19/50a466534bc05_m.jpg

This has it's obvious errors, but we're getting there:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130110/09/50eef97ac9191_m.jpg
Jan 10 13 09:46 am  Link  Quote 
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Mel Wolfe
Posts: 158
Old Field, New York, US


A tripod, remote, and a good knowledge of photography kinda helps. Good locations that can be used for multiple works well too. Fields are my favorite.
Jan 10 13 02:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Michael Puff
Posts: 986
Montara, California, US


Take a look at Lars Stephan.  That's one answer to the question.

http://larsstephan.com/
Jan 10 13 10:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Melodye Joy
Posts: 542
Rancho Cucamonga, California, US


Tried and failed.
The garage and an old sheet as a background didn't do justice...glad I hid behind some sunglasses!

I would like to try my hand at photography, learning the ins and outs....so I can better understand and empathize with my fellow artists.
Jan 10 13 10:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Brian Scanlon
Posts: 788
Encino, California, US


Another good one to look at is Cindy Sherman (I believe most of her stuff is self portraits)

http://www.cindysherman.com/
Jan 10 13 11:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Raoul Isidro Images
Posts: 5,983
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Daniel Pierce wrote:
Any creative processes you use to get some original shots?

Learn how to set the Self Timer on the camera.

Almost all cameras have them now, or at least the pocket compacts have.

Take your self photo from at least 10 feet away.

Learn how to crop.

If absolutely new on image editing, start with Picasa or your free PC / Mac default image editors.

I you want anything done properly, teach yourself to do it yourself.

Best of luck borat

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Jan 11 13 01:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
D-Light
Posts: 551
Newcastle, Limerick, Ireland


If you follow the tips above you should do well but don't just put up anything. Make sure you do as good a job as possible.

Whatever you do resist the urge to hold the camera yourself or shoot your image in a mirror.

Unless the results are very good, remove them as soon as you have some professional shots.
Jan 11 13 04:13 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Mel Wolfe wrote:
A tripod, remote, and a good knowledge of photography kinda helps. Good locations that can be used for multiple works well too. Fields are my favorite.

Awesome. You have some great work.

I do need to move outdoors.

Thanks.

Jan 11 13 08:05 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


D-Light wrote:
If you follow the tips above you should do well but don't just put up anything. Make sure you do as good a job as possible.

Whatever you do resist the urge to hold the camera yourself or shoot your image in a mirror.

Unless the results are very good, remove them as soon as you have some professional shots.

I could never imagine holding a camera to take a picture of myself (especially in the mirror with a DSLR) unless it was a joke.

I completely understand resisting posting self-photography in your modeling page, but there are 10 shots currently in my port that are from myself. A couple that really shouldn't be up there at all, but those are up more for grading level for now.


Thanks so much.

Jan 11 13 08:08 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Raoul Isidro Images wrote:

Learn how to set the Self Timer on the camera.

Almost all cameras have them now, or at least the pocket compacts have.

Take your self photo from at least 10 feet away.

Learn how to crop.

If absolutely new on image editing, start with Picasa or your free PC / Mac default image editors.

I you want anything done properly, teach yourself to do it yourself.


Best of luck borat

.

Thanks for the suggestions.

I have 10 up in my port that I've done shot and edited myself (the 1st 3 the entire 3rd row the 1st and last in the 4th row and 1st 2 in the 2nd to last row) and about 12 that' I've edited myself if you want to take the time to look to.


Thanks again for the tips.

Jan 11 13 08:15 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
JD Liddil
Posts: 98
North Haven, Connecticut, US


Good general resource for newbies
http://digital-photography-school.com/
Jan 11 13 08:27 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


JD Liddil wrote:
Good general resource for newbies
http://digital-photography-school.com/

Thanks, JD. That's a solid resource.

There a lot of forums and podcasts that may serve as good additional resources for you as well:

Media Cow

AdoramaTV

and Strobist.com

Jan 11 13 08:30 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
3934
Posts: 569
Phoenix, Arizona, US


All I can say is lots of practice.

And if your camera has a spot to plug in a shutter release cable of some sort, you won't have to wait the ten seconds for the self-timer...which will eventually drive you crazy. lol. Those are well worth the small investment.

Everyone has different types and quantities of equipment. Work with what you have. If your camera works best in bright light, then shoot outdoors. If you can get remote radio triggers and flashes, those are lots of fun too.
Jan 11 13 09:39 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
3934
Posts: 569
Phoenix, Arizona, US


And for any models doing self-portraits, it's a good way to see how your poses look to the camera. You can do that without having to work on the perfect lighting.
Jan 11 13 09:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dan OMell
Posts: 1,335
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


your local library could get this to you via their inter-library loan:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iyi0s7FxL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Good to read once, not sure it's worth buying, though.
Your short notes rather fit on a postmark.

She is an awesome photographer, but not necessarily the best author.
Jan 11 13 09:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
L Raye
Posts: 4,992
Petaluma, California, US


You might look through Kiera Grant's blogs and twitter accounts.  Not only is she a talented model, she is an accomplished photographer:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/799498

http://keiragrant.blogspot.com/

http://keiragrant.tumblr.com/
Jan 11 13 10:00 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Isis22
Posts: 2,336
Muncie, Indiana, US


I have several cell phone pics in my port. Frankly they are better than many that were taken by professional photographers. I don't have a tripod, a remote, a flash or a timer. Do whatever makes you happy.
Jan 11 13 12:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Santa Claus
Posts: 240
Seattle, Washington, US


Zoom out a little and crop later.  It's pretty hard to photoshop in the top of your head:-)

Using the self-timer is difficult. A remote control is worth the money.

Manual focus is good.  When you move around, the camera has a habit of autofocusing on the wrong thing:-) 

Exposure bracketing is also good, if you have it.

Placing a large mirror behind the camera can help.

Cover the viewfinder to prevent exposure/WB problems.

Expect to take a lot of bad photos, have fun and learn!
Jan 11 13 01:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Dekilah
Posts: 4,869
Detroit, Michigan, US


I have shot self portraits for about a year now. Here are some of photos I did (in order that they were shot, so the first are from early on):

http://www.dekilah.com/self-portraits/ (newest are first) (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/34536962 … -had-in-an (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/29629744 … dekilah-me (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/38399721 … otographer (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/37419900 … dekilah-me (18+)

I started out with an older camera, pretty much on auto, using the self timer (10 sec). Basically I was running back and forth all the time. Then I started using a better camera and a remote with the timer, so basically, I push the button, hide the remote, then have 10 sec.

One tip I have is to work on one thing at a time. The first shoots may not be that good, but you have to learn the camera and frame. Then maybe you deal with lighting. And so on.

For me, my self portraits are more about expressing myself versus creating phenomenal photos. Yes, I do my best to create the best photos I can, but my focus is on the posing, the expression, the make-up, and the outfits (in some cases).
Jan 11 13 04:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


Ooh, Dekilah's pics are awesome.
Jan 11 13 04:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Lee Loo La
Posts: 161
Paramus, New Jersey, US


I take self-portraits. I actually have a separate folder here of my self-portraits, so feel free to take a look. :-)

It helps me to practice my posing skills.

Here's one that I did last year:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120619/07/4fe09136a6e26.jpg
Jan 11 13 04:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Unseelie Allure
Posts: 230
Coram, New York, US


I taught myself photography through self portraits and do most of my own shots over at: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/3245/viewall

The cordless remote certainly made my life amazing. Though i find there are limits to self portaits...cant do any cool shutter dragging or holding items up to the lens etc
Jan 11 13 04:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Lee Loo La wrote:
I take self-portraits. I actually have a separate folder here of my self-portraits, so feel free to take a look. :-)

It helps me to practice my posing skills.

Here's one that I did last year:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120619/07/4fe09136a6e26.jpg

That's pretty awesome.

Elegant.

Jan 12 13 11:15 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Sand Angel Photography wrote:
And for any models doing self-portraits, it's a good way to see how your poses look to the camera. You can do that without having to work on the perfect lighting.

Completely concur

Jan 12 13 04:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Dekilah wrote:
I have shot self portraits for about a year now. Here are some of photos I did (in order that they were shot, so the first are from early on):

http://www.dekilah.com/self-portraits/ (newest are first) (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/34536962 … -had-in-an (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/29629744 … dekilah-me (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/38399721 … otographer (18+)
http://dekilah.tumblr.com/post/37419900 … dekilah-me (18+)

I started out with an older camera, pretty much on auto, using the self timer (10 sec). Basically I was running back and forth all the time. Then I started using a better camera and a remote with the timer, so basically, I push the button, hide the remote, then have 10 sec.

One tip I have is to work on one thing at a time. The first shoots may not be that good, but you have to learn the camera and frame. Then maybe you deal with lighting. And so on.

For me, my self portraits are more about expressing myself versus creating phenomenal photos. Yes, I do my best to create the best photos I can, but my focus is on the posing, the expression, the make-up, and the outfits (in some cases).

Your work really stands out. True artist with a deep search for speech in imagery.

The first two in you first link are extremely well done.

and love the concept of "Light Seduction" as that is easily a fairytale of model wooing light to make a marriage of beauty.

Jan 12 13 04:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


my_other_profile wrote:
Ooh, Dekilah's pics are awesome.

They are. She's good.

Jan 12 13 04:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Melodye Joy wrote:
Tried and failed.
The garage and an old sheet as a background didn't do justice...glad I hid behind some sunglasses!

I would like to try my hand at photography, learning the ins and outs....so I can better understand and empathize with my fellow artists.

A remote would definitely be the best way to go. More wide open the aperture the more backgrounds you can get away with.

If the interest has sparked, I wouldn't let it die down.

Adorama, media cow, and strobist are some of best sites I've found.

Jan 12 13 09:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Brian Scanlon wrote:
Another good one to look at is Cindy Sherman (I believe most of her stuff is self portraits)

http://www.cindysherman.com/

Her work is very outside the norm. Beautiful material.

Thanks, Brian.

Jan 12 13 09:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 7,098
Tucson, Arizona, US


I've done a decent amount of it. It's mostly in film, and I don't have digital copies at the moment.

Zooming out and cropping later is a really helpful tip.

Use a stand in for exposure and focus (I shot full manual on an 35mm, no auto anything).

I didn't use a remote at all. I practiced a few times with the timer before releasing the shutter. It's just a manual one, so I can press it down and it will make a sound and click when it's done. Ten seconds is a lot longer than you'd think. It's a lot of walking back and forth, but it becomes sort of fun to get into the rhythm of it.

I've also experimented with some bodyscapes in digital. I flipped the live preview screen around, laid on the ground and used a stack of books instead of a tripod. The camera was within reach to adjust while looking at myself in the screen. That was done fully manual, too.
Jan 13 13 12:29 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Alabaster Crowley wrote:
I've done a decent amount of it. It's mostly in film, and I don't have digital copies at the moment.

Zooming out and cropping later is a really helpful tip.

Use a stand in for exposure and focus (I shot full manual on an 35mm, no auto anything).

I didn't use a remote at all. I practiced a few times with the timer before releasing the shutter. It's just a manual one, so I can press it down and it will make a sound and click when it's done. Ten seconds is a lot longer than you'd think. It's a lot of walking back and forth, but it becomes sort of fun to get into the rhythm of it.

I've also experimented with some bodyscapes in digital. I flipped the live preview screen around, laid on the ground and used a stack of books instead of a tripod. The camera was within reach to adjust while looking at myself in the screen. That was done fully manual, too.

Very clever. Have done many of the same myself. You show some great work.

Jan 13 13 09:08 am  Link  Quote 
Model
E e v a
Posts: 1,724
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I was more interested in the photoshop side of it, so self portraits were done in the pursuit of having subject matter to play with. This is the only really successful one, and it was when I was much younger.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/09 … 001914.jpg
Jan 13 13 10:05 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Daniel Pierce
Posts: 629
Burbank, California, US


Samantha Emme wrote:
I was more interested in the photoshop side of it, so self portraits were done in the pursuit of having subject matter to play with. This is the only really successful one, and it was when I was much younger.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/09 … 001914.jpg

That's really well done, Samantha. Leads me to do some tattoo post work on myself.

Jan 13 13 10:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


I have several self portrait projects that I've done just for fun. I did one with my cell phone camera, that I did no post on. I wanted to do all SOOC. Just to see how creative a person could get with a cell phone camera. And this was back in 2008 when cell phone pictures were still super grainy.

Then I did some with a point & shoot Nikon that were mostly arm length and self timer shots. I got pretty good at setting the camera on a stack of books and running and posing in 10 seconds! I have one that a lot of people have asked for a print of which I am still pretty proud of. Its basically me wearing a 50's style dress with Marilyn Monroe style, curly hair and I'm holding a big knife behind my back in the kitchen. Beside me on the oven is an empty bottle of wine and the label says Mad Housewife. Its a real brand of wine. Its a little cliche but I still think it was cute.

Then I started using my Nikon DSLR to do them with a remote and a tripod. I shot almost all of my maternity pictures that way and since then have had people begging me to do their maternity portraits.

Honestly, the best (most creative) work was with my cell phone and point and shoot. Because they were so small and light I could fit them into tiny places and do lots of fun things with them. The picture quality sucks, but I think the image is more interesting.



My tips (definitely take with a grain of salt because I am sooo not a professional, but I have gotten a lot of very positive feedback from my self portraits)

- Try with a point and shoot camera until you feel like you've gotten the hang of it, then use the DSLR to get a higher quality. The lighter weight of it and the ease of use makes it better because you can tote it around and whip it out whenever inspiration strikes.

- Get a remote. I got mine for waaaaay cheap on Amazon.com. Check and re-check and then triple check that you are getting one that works with your camera model! The first one I bought said it worked with my model in the product description, and then when I got it in the mail the user guide said it didn't work, so check more than one source before buying.

- Use what you've learned in your modeling gigs to help you create images. Pay close attention to what the photographers are doing to create light and shadow.

- Go out in the woods, very early in the morning, with a tripod, a sheet, and some props. (Bug repellent too probably lol) Shoot until you are so exhausted you can barely move. Do as many wacky and wild poses as you can think of.

- Sometimes placing a mirror behind the tripod can help you line yourself up with the camera and learn your angles. Don't do this all the time though because then you will get lazy (start to feel like you need the mirror) and professional photographers don't carry full length mirrors with them. (Although I have had a photographer put a mirror behind him before because he didn't have his stylist at the shoot, but it was so I could check myself and make sure no bra straps etc were peeking out and I could make the corrections myself and he didn't have to worry about it. It was nice but soooo rare.)
Jan 13 13 10:58 am  Link  Quote 
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Valeria Figallo
Posts: 2,370
Asia, Lima Provincias, Peru


i do self portraits all the time. whenever i get some free time i like try some ideas smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120927/14/5064c66d57f21_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120709/17/4ffb7694dcb84_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120603/19/4fcc1fdf16983_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101126/15/4cf03f69d1698_m.jpg
Jan 13 13 11:08 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Sand Angel Photography wrote:
And for any models doing self-portraits, it's a good way to see how your poses look to the camera. You can do that without having to work on the perfect lighting.

THIS! When we have free time I go out to a field, behind some shops, the beach, whatever and make my husband shoot me with our DSLR so I can practice. I've actually gotten a lot of really good pictures this way to share with friends and family. I keep trying to get my husband to take up photography as a hobby!

Jan 13 13 11:34 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Santa Claus
Posts: 240
Seattle, Washington, US


Dan OMell wrote:
your local library could get this to you via their inter-library loan:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iyi0s7FxL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Good to read once, not sure it's worth buying, though.
Your short notes rather fit on a postmark.

She is an awesome photographer, but not necessarily the best author.

I checked it out from the library, and it inspired me to incorporate this into a shoot:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130117/09/50f8399ba6d14_m.jpg

Jan 17 13 12:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Eowyn-Rose
Posts: 155
Seattle, Washington, US


Lee Loo La wrote:
I take self-portraits. I actually have a separate folder here of my self-portraits, so feel free to take a look. :-)

It helps me to practice my posing skills.

Here's one that I did last year:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120619/07/4fe09136a6e26.jpg

I've got some creative ideas/poses that are just short enough I'm wanting to do it myself. What do you do for lighting? Do you just the timer?

Jan 17 13 12:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
evalinnea
Posts: 1
Ski, Akershus, Norway


Almost all of my photos are self shoots...J have never been on a shoot with a photographer..
Jan 18 13 12:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Twila Jean
Posts: 56
Portland, Oregon, US


Lee Loo La wrote:
I take self-portraits. I actually have a separate folder here of my self-portraits, so feel free to take a look. :-)

It helps me to practice my posing skills.

Here's one that I did last year:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120619/07/4fe09136a6e26.jpg

This is beautiful!!! good work!

Jan 18 13 03:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
WSS Studios
Posts: 1
Eagan, Minnesota, US


Here is an article from the Strobist website written by Sara Lando about how to use yourself as the llama. She has a lot of good advice on self photography.  Lots of good tips.

Editor's Note: Need a willing victim for photos? Today, Sara Lando wraps up her series on portraiture, with an idea-filled look at how to turn the lens on the most available subject there is: yourself.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/11/se … -ugly.html
Jan 18 13 03:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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