I wanted to take a “cool” photographer photo for my wordpress profile thumbnail…. which of course had to be in black and white. Below are the results. All shots are around f/5.6 ISO1600 1/10s.
This is the first shot of the ‘self portrait shoot’. It wasn’t the best, but I wanted to leave it in to show a starting point.
At this point I thought to myself, maybe I should do this when my hair is straight, but then I realized the frizzy curls are a better representation of my creative side.
Increased shadow in edits- Drama queen.
This wound up being the profile picture winner: the focus even caught the hair frizz.
This self portrait shoot was a great way to play around with the settings on my camera, and play with lighting. The lights in my bathroom are pretty harsh, so I turned them off and just went with the natural room lighting.
Sophie was pleased that for once she wasn’t forced to pose for me. And because I was the subject, I was overly aware of what angles and posing made the subject look good/aka skinny. But in Sophie’s defense he fluffiness is her best feature.
Lastly, I finally realized how to utilize my manual focus: my lens was still on autofocus, but I had the area selected as manual (in the middle) where I would set, then reset.
One word of warning for this type of photoshoot- it would have helped to clean the mirrors… sometimes my focus would pick up on the smudges.