Heads up, this is not a post on “how to take amazing photos of yourself with your iPhone that doesn’t involve shooting your reflection in the mirror.” Just wanted to clarify that before we move on :).
One of the bummers of being a professional photographer is that when you’re on vacation/traveling in a beautiful place and you’d like a picture of you and your significant other, the thought of handing your professional gear over to a passerby to snap a photo is downright anxiety-inducing. I’d rather leave without a single photo of the two of us than ask a stranger to handle my mk3. As a result, Matt & I have a total of two photos of the two of us together in Europe, images our friend Angie was kind enough to take for us after dinner one night. Determined that the same thing wouldn’t happen during our trip to Puerto Rico to photograph Jeff & Tracy’s wedding, I made sure to pack a tripod and my Canon remote so that Matt & I could leave with at least one fun portrait from our time in the Caribbean. I’m so glad I did! The tripod was a little cumbersome to get to and from PR, but it was so worth it. So without further ago, a few quick tips of how to take portraits of yourself that don’t involve the front-facing camera on your phone:
1) Use a tripod, if you have one. I brought a regularly-sized one, but you can find tabletop tripods at places like PhotoJojo. Having a tripod will mean you’re not worried about balancing your camera on top of the car, a boulder, a tabletop, etc.
2) Have a remote! I use THIS ONE and it’s made such a difference. I used to do the “press the timer on the camera, run back to position, pose, then wait for 6-8 more awkward seconds for the shutter to click, then run back and check the camera screen” thing. It’s exhausting, and is a surefire way to irritate a husband who already doesn’t like having his photo taken. The Canon remote allows me to fire as many time I want from afar. Every 10ish frames or so I’ll run back and check the screen to make sure my settings are correct, but the remote refocuses before every shutter click, to I don’t have to worry about making sure we don’t move out of the plane of focus.
3) Set your camera on the 2 second delay, instead of having it shoot as soon as you press the remote. The remote has to be in the camera’s line of focus in order to trigger the shutter, meaning if you’re trying to take a sweet portrait without the delay, the remote will most likely show up in the image. Like this.
Super romantic, right? And while I COULD spend the time to PhotoShop that out, it’s just easier to put the camera on the 2 second delay mode. That way you can press the shutter release, hide the remote, and smile in time for the click!
3b) Remove black hairbands from your wrist. (see above)
4) Look fabulous and fire away. Here are a few self-portraits we took down in Vieques this past weekend!
I’m a little obsessed with these, sorry. It’s just those Caribbean colors! They’re so vibrant, even when it’s cloudy!
And because every post is better with a giveaway, I’ll send a remote shutter release, either Canon or Nikon, to one of you! Enter by leaving a comment on this post, and I’ll announce the winner on next week’s Monday Mash-Up. Ready…. go!