Before I get to the pictures and my own ways of taking a self portrait without holding the camera at arm's length, here are some other tips:
1) Take it off of auto mode. Yes, auto is our go to setting with all cameras. I promise you, though, that by putting it on manual, aperture priority, or shutter priority, you will see a gigantic difference in your photos. Seriously. They won't start off that great [lots of under/over exposed pics coming your way], but it'll force you to pay attention to your surroundings and get used to the other controls of your camera. Eventually, your pics will look like a pro. Don't know what your settings are? Youtube or read your manual.
2) Play with manual focusing. Auto focusing is fantastic, and very very useful, especially when your subject does a lot of moving. I usually use auto focus 24/7, unless dealing with patient and still adults or when taking landscape/nature pictures. But manual focusing allows for more creative shots, and can be tons of fun.
Okay! Here is my before picture:
1) Focus on window in general area of where I'll be standing. Dirty windows help keep track of the spot you're focusing on. Another trick? Use a corner: doorway or wall to focus on, then stand even with it!
2) Adjust focus [manually] if you will be standing slightly in front of your original focus spot [window]. If not, then leave it! Using that corner of the door or wall, just make sure your desired focal point is even with it.
3) Use a larger f-stop so your depth of field is not too shallow. The higher aperture allows for imperfect focusing, instead including more objects both in the foreground and background in the focus.
4) Use a timer! No awkward arm in the way trying to press the button
Final results? Ta-da!
[I wanted the focus on the heart. I breathed on the window and drew a heart first, then used that as a guide of where to focus my camera]
[focus is a little too close to the camera for my liking...I would've preferred it to be on the eyes]
Thanks for hosting the link up ladies! Can't wait 'til next week :)
Questions, comments, requests or concerns? Or maybe you want to yell at me since I don't know how to correctly use photography lingo? Email or comment!