A Lesson In Self Portrait
It takes a lot to get me in front of the camera. Like most photographers, I am more comfortable behind the lens directing my subject than being the actual subject. Unfortunately, I have been in desperate need of a decent headshot of myself for my online and print marketing efforts.
I have a few art exhibits coming up where I need to submit a headshot and a bio. My website is in need of a proper headshot. Plus, I have numerous educational and networking websites that also require a good ‘face’.
I grabbed my tripod, my camera and my remote control and got face to face with my lens. I sat in front of a sunny window to get some side lighting to bring out the contrasts in my face. I avoided using the flash or soft boxes because I wanted to stay with natural light. The tripod was critical because I had my shutter speed down to about a 30th of a second, plus I was using a remote shutter release.
It took me a while to stop mugging for the camera and to become a relaxed subject. I took about 25 images and I kept about 5. I played around in Photoshop with them. The results, I think, are pretty good. If nothing else, better than what I (don’t) have.
Hope you enjoy the end results.