Self Portrait procedure?

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  1. Nwcid

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    I would like to take a full length self portrait. For those that have done this, how do you trigger your shutter?

    If I was doing a head shot I would just remote trigger.
    Do you just get everything set up and set a timer?
    I will be shooting tethered if that makes any difference.


     
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    I use a wired timer remote, program a delay of 10sec, an interval of 2sec and 20 shots. AF-S on the area where the face is supposed to be.
     
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    I use my wireless remote with a delay set.
     
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    Thanks guys, that is what I was thinning. Just was not sure if there was a better way.
     
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    good. that should keep you on your mark.
     
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    This is what I do, but using the built-in timer/intervalometer. I typically use a 10s delay and 2s between shots, but max out at 9 shots with the native functionality on my D500. I like to pre-focus and then turn off AF, and mark the floor so I know where to stand. If I just use the timer it’s simple enough but I have to re-pose each time. Using a wireless trigger can help minimize this, but then you have to remember to conceal it during shooting - I typically use a back pocket for this.
     
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    Sufficiently new Canons can be controlled via smartphone. That's how I'd do it. Probably compose the shot in live-view full manual then trigger from phone.
     
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    When I did a night shoot full length portrait I used a remote trigger, just coping my hand so the red light could not be seen
     
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    What camera are you using?

    With Fuji and Olympus and some others you can use a mobile phone App to view the screen, compose the shot, select focus point, adjust exposure and trigger a shot with a timer delay so you can put the phone down.

    As a simple alternative, put something like a coat stand with a football on top where you'll be standing. Focus, press shutter using the interval timer, walk in position, move the coat stand, strike some poses.
     
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    I use an ML-L3. I set the delay to the 2 second delay, and fire from the hip. Then I palm the remote and strike my pose.

    Nikon ML-L3 MLL3 Wireless Remote Control D750 D5000 D3400 D80 D7100 Coolpix A V2 | eBay

    I've not done tethered, but you would want the monitor facing you just out of the frame.
     
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    Probably not a lot of science to this but here’s what I discovered.
    Anyway on my Canon what I discovered is if I use the self-timer the camera will not focus, or refocus. That could be critical if using very shallow DoF. If using a remote trigger the camera does refocus if that’s important to you. If not then turn AF off.
    BTW, I know self-portrait somehow sounds more sophisticated but today they’re just called selfies!!! Go ahead, admit it, you’re just taking a selfie!!! LoL
    Good luck
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    Do you have a camera with a rotating touch-screen LCD on the back ? (Nikon D5600 for example).

    If so, you could opt for the low-tech method of folding out the LCD to point towards you, and then tape one of those "pens" people use with touch-screen devices to the end of an extension (piece of dowel, etc). That would enable you to preview the photo, tap to focus and take the photo without your having to move your head / upper body....
     

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