Have you shot a self-portrait? If so, how about a themed self-portrait? Keep reading to learn how I did mine.
In this blog post you’ll learn how to shoot a self-portrait, setting a theme, defining the requirements, shooting and post-processing your image.
Background / Theme
Every time I need to practice my photography and lighting skills I usually ask somebody to pose for me. If that’s not possible, I shoot a self-portrait. Some time ago I made a self portrait imitating an image from the James Bond movie series.
The specific image that I used as reference is one with Daniel Craig, holding the famous Walther PPK gun close to his face, all in black and white with a bit of heightened contrast.
I never loved the end result so I wanted to try again, because I thought I could improve the image and because I lost some weight and don’t look the same. The jacket actually fits me nice this time! 😉
Analyzing the original image I noticed the background is white or close to it, so it means I’ll need a light colored wall and I need to light it. Mr. Craig’s face is also correctly lit, so I’ll need some soft light on my face too. The image has a horizontal orientation and a neutral angle, so the lens should be around chin-height.
I use Fujifilm cameras, so looking at the film simulations, I found that Acros is close to the look I want for the final image.
I decided to use two flashes to light the wall behind me because of the horizontal orientation. These flashes (Godox TT350, you can learn how to set it up here) will have shoot-thru umbrellas, so the light spreads more evenly on the wall.
The X-E3 was on a tripod, but framing and focusing are not always easy. In order to solve this, I used Fujifilm’s iphone app to frame, focus and shoot.
As I mentioned before, I knew Fujifilm’s Acros film simulation would get me close to the look I wanted. That’s why I chose that profile in Lightroom, after I imported the images. I then proceeded to make small adjustments in Exposure, Contrast and Shadows.
I then opened the image using Affinity Photo to remove some unwanted blemishes on the wall and the octodome from the corner of the image, cropped it and that was it.
There you have it! Now you know how to define a theme, set the requirements, define the gear needed, shooting and post-processing.
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