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Self portrait after curling my hair.

Self portrait after curling my hair.
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29 Comments |
elainebealsmith
 
elainebealsmith September 16, 2014
BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Gem27
 
Gem27 September 17, 2014
Nice capture :-)
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz September 17, 2014
FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist.:) Good luck.
cmorisset PRO+
 
cmorisset September 20, 2014
Beautiful! Bravo!
tropicala
 
tropicala September 22, 2014
Very nice!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac September 26, 2014
Superb lighting! Congratulations!
frankvaisey
 
frankvaisey May 13, 2015
You shouldn't look so sad. Your curls look fantastic!
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault June 29, 2016
you clearly have a way with portraits.
pietnel
 
pietnel June 30, 2016
Love it fabulous shot well done
D_BROWN3
 
D_BROWN3 November 14, 2017
She's really pretty!
Iszy
 
Iszy June 03, 2018
Stunning photograph, gorgeous model... Inspirational Photographer... 👍🏽
Beardog2003 Premium
 
Beardog2003 June 05, 2018
fantastic
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 10, 2018
Stunning
Hakimcau
 
Hakimcau June 17, 2018
Perfection...
robiecagle
 
robiecagle May 21, 2019
Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful self portrait. You look amazing!
ashley_renee_0408
 
ashley_renee_0408 June 02, 2019
Stunning!
denissaperov
 
denissaperov August 12, 2019
Cool
McCasland PRO+
 
McCasland September 24, 2019
This is one phenomenal work, from the light to the pose, look clarity and composition!
joanntoth
 
joanntoth September 24, 2019
I love the colour of her hair and the expression of her face it makes the perfect picture
prankfilespodcast
 
prankfilespodcast November 22, 2019
Wow
prankfilespodcast
 
prankfilespodcast November 22, 2019
Nice
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh June 21, 2020
Gorgeous
OleDawgImages
 
OleDawgImages July 09, 2020
Love it!
robiecagle
 
robiecagle July 12, 2020
Wonderful shot! You are beautiful!
coookiejar PRO+
 
coookiejar July 12, 2020
love this!
Seisselberg
 
Seisselberg July 15, 2020
Beautiful Redhead!
RSeanC Platinum
 
RSeanC July 28, 2020
Beautiful
Jojosphoto Platinum
 
Jojosphoto August 01, 2021
Love this image, perfect, hair, eye, freckles
Chrismy
 
Chrismy June 03, 2023
I love that one.
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Behind The Lens

Location

During my Project 365, many of my self portraits were take around or in my house. The places were familiar, and I always took the challenge to not let location determine the look of a photo. This photo was taken in my own bedroom, standing in front of the windows.

Time

Oh, I remember I took ages curling my hair. It took much longer than planned, so around 6pm I'd finally setup my tripod and camera in my room. The first photos of the shoot were taken with another wall as backdrop, but light was fading. Standing in front of the window always helps when you need a little more light!

Lighting

I've been lucky with the lighting in my bedroom. One outer wall had large windows across, while there were more windows on the wall next to it. Plenty of light for indoor shooting! Since the room is facing north, there were never hard shadows, allowing for soft, even lighting. Sometimes, it can feel boring. But at other times, it's the right kind of lighting to just focus on the subject of the photo and get close.

Equipment

This was shot with my Canon Rebel XTi, the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens on a Hama Star tripod. The release the shutter, I used the Canon RC-1 remote.

Inspiration

Self portraits were a big part of why I started photography. I wanted a medium to express myself in and show this other side of me. It's a form of therapy for me. So whenever I feel down, when thoughts flood my head - I usually go out (or stay in) and set up a shoot. Some are simple in their setup, like this one. Some are a little more elaborate. This photo was motivated by the need to create again after I'd quit my Project 365 two months before and I hadn't really taken many photos up until this moment. It was a way of finding myself again and going back to the basics.

Editing

Honestly, no. I shot in jpeg in a custom shooting profile. There's been a little contrast added afterwards, but that's all. Looking at it now, I'd probably remove some loose hairs, polish it a little bit more. But I guess the unprocessed look is part of this image now.

In my camera bag

I've since upgraded my body, so the Canon EOS 60D goes in my bag first! Then I have the 85mm f/1.8, the 50mm f/1.4 and the 35mm f/2.0 - While the 85mm is my favorite - fast and sharp, I often pick up the 35mm too because it's more flexible, smaller and lighter. Besides that, I have a 4-in-1 reflector, a Canon 430ex II flash and several memory cards. I've gone out before without one, it definitely ruins the fun! ;)

Feedback

Whether you want to take a self portrait or not, having a good relationship with your subject definitely helps. For close-up portraits, the face needs to speak, have emotion. If you want to try a self portrait, putting your camera on a tripod is a must! And using a remote is very helpful. If you feel awkward in front of the camera... that's normal and will get less with time. You really get to know yourself when taking self portraits, it's confronting but also very peaceful in a way. Take advantage of the fact that it's just you - no one else will get impatient or tired or get the timing wrong. Experiment and don't be afraid to get close to the camera.

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