On New Year’s Day 2011, one of my resolutions was to work on self portraits. Since it’s now the last day of February 2012, I decided I should get to work on that. I cleaned off a wall in the study to use as a backdrop and went to work. Here’s the result.
The main flash is camera right with my small softbox on front. My background flash is in an umbrella which is laying on the floor mostly angled back to the wall. There is also a large reflector just out of sight on the left which is bouncing just enough light back to keep the dark side of my face from going totally black. Post-processing was actually fairly quick and easy. Yes, I did some touching up. Who wouldn’t? But the single biggest difference between this shot and what came out of the camera is the vignette.
I learned very quickly that it is very tedious walking back and forth to the camera to check the shots. I hope to get a tablet and an Eye-Fi card by the end of the year to make this sort of thing easier. If you haven’t heard of Eye-Fi cards, they are memory cards for your camera that have a built in wifi radio and can transmit photos directly to a tablet (or smartphone) running their software. It would sure be nice to have the camera remote in one hand and the tablet in the other and just glance down after each shot to see how I wanted to change my position. Guess I better start saving my pennies!