Photo by David Burleson
If you're usually someone who only shoots one style of photography, having a go at a new genre can not only be fun but educational. It can also fuel you with inspiration, giving you new ideas to have a go at. As you're photographing yourself there's no pressure to get it right first time either as there's no one else to please but yourself.
Something For A Rainy Day
Walking around in the rain, shooting landscapes isn't fun so instead of getting wet, set up your gear at home and have a go at shooting self-portraits. You never know, you may find you enjoy it enough to take your gear outside, once the rain has stopped, to shoot some self-portraiture outdoors.
In Your Own Time
As you're not working with anyone else, you can shoot your photos when and where you want. It also means you can play around with the set-up as much as you like without having to worry about your model getting bored. You don't have to worry about time ticking away either which is something you have to consider when working with a model as they could have another shoot to get to.
As you don't have a model to direct you can experiment with different poses and expressions much more easily as you won't have to spend time trying to explain the idea you have in your head to someone else. Dont' forget you can experiment with props, too.
Working behind as well as in front of the camera comes with its own set of challenges, however learning how to overcome problems and perfecting set-ups to help improve your technique can be fun, plus you're learning and expanding your knowledge in the process.
Some of the questions you may ask include the following: do you want to use a tripod? How are you going to fire the shutter? Will you need a remote release or do you can have camera which can be controlled remotely via a smartphone or tablet? Are you going to shoot one shot at a time or make the most of a continuous shooting mode?
For tips on shooting self-portraits, have a look at ePHOTOzine's technique section.
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