i recently purchased some wireless flash triggers and some old vivitar flashes. 2 wireless triggers and 2 flashes cost me less than 50 dollars with shipping. i’ve been trying some self portraits to see if i could get these flashes under control. well its tough let me tell you. i don’t have any light modifiers. so this picture with only 1 light was my best so far. its very hard to take a self portrait because you have to aim the lights, and then stand just right, and anticipate what the camera is going to do all at the same time. i want to buy some umbrella light stands so i can bounce/shoot through and so on. i’ve tried bouncing off a reflector, but i don’t have a stand to hold the reflector so its difficult to make it bounce right without holding it. i understand why photographers invest in light stands and assistants now.
here is my latest self portrait, and also a good example of the types of things i like to use a digi cam for.
firstly, as far as i’m concerned, my digicam is much better for night photography.
secondly, i can go out in the middle of the street, take a few shots, and come back inside and make this in like 20 minutes. and there would probably be no point to doing this in film, because it requires photoshop anyways – so i just cut out the middle man.
okay, so if you want to know how i did this: i took one picture of the background without me in it. used manual settings, and let the flash fire, although i angled it so it wouldn’t hit the ground, but would hit me where i was going to be. i took the second photo sitting on a stool. then in photoshop, i stacked them, and masked out the stool. very easy. you can do this with so many ideas, creativity is up to you.
i was inspired to make this by http://photoextremist.com/ … check out his youtube vids – he has all types of energy to make crazy light paintings and night photography and superimposed images.
f3.5 1/750s ISO100 18mm
i balanced the camera on the water fountain and used a 10 second timer. then i pretended to drink water, well i actually drank some. i took three shots like this, in the other two you can see more of my face, except that the framing of the fountain was much poorer because i was trying to elevate the camera by wedging a stick underneath it to get the right angle. this one is all gun sight. and you don’t need to get to much face to get the point. also my main subject of interest was supposed to be the water (frozen in time yet still liquid in reality) but its easy to get carried away.
Here is a self-portrait of my face while taking a break from photo editing. I shot this with my kit lens (18-55mm) at f3.5 and 1/80 of a second exposure at ISO 1600 believe it or not. I must have been trying some at dark shots last time I used my camera – anywanys, it gave me some nice clarity with the hand held shot.
The lighting is my window with a lot of sunlight flowing through. I blurred the background in photoshop, but all the accents of light on my body are ‘natural’ or un photoshoped. Perhaps I could do a better job with the back ground. But its fine for this. I did some unsharp masks on my face. And there you go. Come over between 11 and 1 and I could make you a picture like this too ;).