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Self Portrait Photography Tips - Alison Morgan (Cattyal) shares a few self portrait tips.
GearA tripod is essential as you can't hold your own camera and pose at the same time! When you put the camera on the tripod, make sure it's at a height that lines up with your head. A remote trigger is handy as you can fire the shutter from your sitting position but if you don't have one, just set the camera's self-timer.
A plain wall or a plain sheet of fabric work well. Clothes rails make good fabric systems although it does limit you in the width/height of material you can use.
SeatingI find a low stool and a taller bar stool handy to have. The bar stool often gets draped in a plain fabric and I use it to lean on.
So you don't have to worry about focussing, switch the autofocus on and put something in the place you'll stand/sit to focus on (I use a light stand, sometimes with a sheet of A4 paper stuck to it with a smiley face). Once the camera is focused on it, switch places with the object and take your shot. A bit of tape stuck to the floor comes in handy if you plan on using the same location for several self portraits.
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