A complete change of tack for me.
Apart from 'avatar' type shots using a mirror, I've never attempted a self-portrait before.
Of about twenty shots that I took, I've saved three that I'm happy with. I don't know whether or not that's a good average, or an indifferent one.
Of the shots that I discarded, almost all that went in the bin did so because the model was lacking rather than any technical ****-ups!
I took this, sitting in a dining chair with my camera propped up on a pile of table mats on the table as my tripod's too large to stand on it and this method was less bother than setting it up on the floor.
Autofocus was on, AV was turned off.
Shot in raw. W/B. and exposure adjusted using Lightroom (3.6).
Into CS6, cropped, adjusted contrast (curves), increased saturation and converted to B/W using the 'Gorman' technique. Cleaned up a couple of spots and a dog's hair with 'content aware,' resized, (smart) sharpened and uploaded.
If anyone would like a copy of the 'Gorman' technique, I have it saved as an action. Just let me know, PM or email perhaps and I'll send it to you.