Something I haven't tried before

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  1. Gaerek

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    Since I'm trying to expand my photographic horizons, I've decided to try something I haven't really done much of. That's take a self portrait, and try to use lighting a bit more creatively. Yes, the harsh light on the picture was on purpose. The soft focus, however, was not. Unfortuantely, all of my shots suffered from soft focus. I didn't have anyone helping me with this. So my first question is, any suggestions on how to achieve good focus in this type of shot? I used a stand-in for where I was going to be. Used AF, then switched to MF. My next question is, other than the soft focus, any suggestions? This is brand new to me, so anything I could learn is better than nothing.

    Oh, lighting was achieved using an LED headlamp that I was holding. I remotely fired using the DSLR Remote App for my iPhone, which worked great because I could get a nice preview without getting up. Thanks for any help in advance.

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    man you can see that in every horror movie! it's a little scary
     
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    So the feeling I was going for came across. That's at least one good sign, lol.
     
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    Funny you post this, I was literally just practicing self portraits.

    My best shots came when I had the light a little higher than my face so it didn't cast those shadows. I also just left it on AF and let the camera do it's thing.

    I put the camera higher than me so I had to look up at it, thus removing the skin under my chin bunching up and giving me a double chin.
     
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    hey btw, do you have to have your comp connected to the camera for the iphone to work?
     
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    The shadows were totally intentional. I was going for a spooky, horror movie-like, look. I also purposely had my head tilted forward so I would have to look up slightly to look at the camera for the same reason. I wanted the axe-murderer vibe. :)

    Thank you for the advice, however. I will take that into consideration if I ever try a traditional portrait.
     
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    Yeah, your camera has to be tethered, so it someone limits the usefulness of the app. But in this situation, it was the perfect tool for the job.
     
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    looks familiar?? :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

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    Gotcha. I went for the evil/scary look too (must be a guy thing haha), I'm about to post mine so you can see (in my own thread, I won't hijack yours :mrgreen: )
     
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    personally dont like it
     
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    Anything in particular? Your post seems kinda useless without specifics.
     
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    The shadow created by your nose doesn't do it for me. Would have been better if a little detail could be seen on the bridge of your nose. Maybe a reflector from above? Coz it just creates a hole in the middle of your face. Just my .02 :)
     

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