In the age of Selfies and mobile phones equipped with powerful cameras, I am not sure how much use this post would be to anyone. But I would have appreciated if someone would have pointed me to something like this a year ago when I started doing self-portraits at home. I have learned self-photography on my own, reading at times articles to understand the controls of my Camera (Nikon D5100).
I have understood things like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, clicking pictures on my own whenever I am traveling. I am not a professional by any means. I do whatever photography I do cause of my passion for clicking shots when I see beauty around. I don’t have a particular genre as well so at times its travel other times its people and sometimes its even still life. Occasionally when I am in the mood and have time at hand, I do Self Photography. And there are a few things I have understood in the past year that might be helpful to anyone exploring the area. So here we go.
1. Be Patient: I know this one doesn’t have to do anything with photography per se, but you will appreciate this quality a lot when trying to be a photographer. Every angle, every pose, every scene you try to capture might not come out as you envision in your head. So it’s really important that you be calm and don’t give up on what you are trying. If in the first few attempts you get 10 good clicks out of 100, with patience & practice this conversion rate might soon be 10 on 10.
2. Find the perfect Frame: This is more applicable when you are capturing pictures out in the open. You would not want a lot of background noise in your shot cause it will take the focus away from your portrait. It’s good to start with a plain background (like a wall in your room), for first few attempts, so you get the angles, exposure and other details sorted before you try taking portraits on streets.
3. Be aware of your Composition: Remember that you shot doesn’t always have to be the standard straight face profile. Play with your features, expressions, lights, angles, focus. Playing with varied compositions can turn a simple portrait into a fun and quirky shot with loads of character. Try to use natural light as much as possible.
4. Do something you really Enjoy: Take photos in your happy place, whatever that is. It will make shooting enjoyable and allow you to make the most of your hobbies at once. For instance, if you do yoga, take those shots or if you like reading, you can play around with that. Think about what your interests are, and then figure out ways to combine them in one photo.
5. Have Fun: Most importantly have fun with it. You might not get the shots as expected or you might get something way better than you expected. But the one thing that you should remember is this is your hobby and you should enjoy every step of it. Every little experiment and tiny detail, should come from your heart and in the end you should be content with what you have produced and try again with even more energy.