self-portrait

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  1. sdmelissa3

    sdmelissa3 TPF Noob!

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    I have to do a self-portrait and need some ideas to use. My area isn't very scenic. So most of this will have to be indoors. any ideas?
     
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    IMO, set the lens to a pretty small f/#(f/2.8-4) that'll drown out the background.....i think the shutter speed should be determined with how much light there is(slow if not much light or fast if there is plenty).

    but really, i think, a small aperture with the proper shutter speed should give you a pretty good portrait.

    hope this helps you out a bit
    good luck!:thumbup:
     
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    Yep loads!

    First of all, background. No clutter, preferably a contrasting tone neutral in texture. As mentioned low f-stop.

    Secondly lighting. Get a table lamp, tape a sheet of A4 to it and get a soft side light approaching you slightly from below.

    Thirdly tripod.

    Fourthly, Low ISO

    Fifthly, self-timer or preferably a friend.

    Rob
     
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    Rob, I like the idea with the lighting, I never thought of that! It doesn't compare to the real thing I imagine but does this really diffuse the light that well? Would it be suitable for doing table top macro work?
     
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