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Shoot a self portrait project - A portrait a day might not keep the doctor away but it will be interesting to look at!

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You might have read in the press that an artist has taken a picture of his face every day, apart from a week when he didn't have a camera, for the last 12 years and has posted them online. Which got us thinking – why don't we get our ePz members to do a similar thing? Now, we're not expecting you to do this for 12 years as Jonathan Keller did but if you did it for a week, a month or even a year it would be an interesting project to see.

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 Some of the ePz staff strike a pose for the camera.
Kit
A DSLR, compact or even a web cam can be used for this type of project so it's something everyone can do. If you're particularly interested in having every shot framed and lined up as accurately as possible in list the help of a tripod. Manfrotto have a good range of models for you to pick from. You'll also need a computer and somewhere to upload your daily self portraits to.

Technique
Well this is really as straightforward as photography gets as long as you crop in close so your head fills the frame, your eyes are open, your shot's not blurry and you have enough light so we can see your face that's pretty much it. All you have to do then is hold the camera, stick your arms out in front of you and take a photo. If you want to be a little more precise use your tripod and pose for the self timer. If you want to be a little more creative try using a fish eye lens or try using different backgrounds each day.

If you shoot them expressionless or as a series of shots demonstrating your mood and feelings is up to you. Just make sure you take one every day, if you can, so you have a large collection to look back, smile and even laugh at.

You can upload your images online or how about making a time lapse story out of them?

While you're taking a photo of yourself why not document your life for a day? Youtube have a new project called Life In A Day and on the 24th July they want everyone in the world to record what they do on that day. The project will be produced by Ridley Scott and the film will première at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. If your footage is used you will be credited as co-director and 20 people will also be selected to attend the première.

Visit Life In A Day for more information.

Find the tripod to suit your needs at www.manfrotto.co.uk.

Don't forget to enter our exclusive competition where you can win one of six Manfrotto 190XPROB tripods!



You've read the article, now go take some fantastic images. You can then upload the pictures, plus any advice and suggestions you have into the dedicated Photo Month forum for everyone at ePHOTOzine to enjoy.



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