It’s worth remembering that the humble, ubiquitous and often divisive these days ‘selfie’ was borne from the more elegant, respective art of the self-portrait…
Grinning closeups aside (and I do think there’s a fun place for these all the same!) if you are interested in creating pictures of yourself and want to take them yourself it really couldn’t be easier! One of the reasons I got hooked on the Pen was its brilliant remote control…
Olympus users will know how handy the OI Share app is which allows you to use your phone as a remote. Set up the self-timer and you can give yourself time to pose, pop your phone somewhere else and trigger the snapping of 10 photos in a row with a couple of seconds in between.
For this picture I was interested in capturing the sunspot that appears just above our bed at around 5pm. It doesn’t last long so I had to be fairly quick!
I set up my camera on my tripod (I use a small travel one because I hate how cumbersome tripods generally are – more often than not I will balance my camera on the closest surface!
Connecting my phone to camera (and going into the app and selecting Remote Control) I was able to position and see myself. Tapping the screen to focus before pressing the shoot button.
With this kind of light, fairly intense, the light & shadow play can differ quite a lot so while my camera shot 10 pictures in a row that was not in my control, and it was interesting to see the results. Both the top photo and the one below were taken in the same sequence of 10 photos! I will add in a video on how to do this this week or see my IGTV where explain this too!
With self-portraits I find the key is to take loads and experiment with angles and positions. Light on the face can be the most glowing thing, so make sure that is happening.
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