Self Portrait – Getting Comfortable with My Camera

One thing you have to know about me is that I am extremely uncomfortable in front of the camera.  I will always prefer to hide behind the camera than to be in front, which means, I have very little pictures of myself over the years.  It drives my husband crazy because I will often delete 99% of the pictures that include me.  When the camera is on my face, I will stiffen up and my pictures always end up looking uncomfortable and fake.  So, to break out of my shell and do something challenging, I decided to do a self portrait session.  I also got to try out my new remote trigger, which was so much easier than to set up a timer and run to the front of the camera before the shot (tried that one before).  This time, I had my camera set up on a book facing the double door window (forgot my tripod in the car), had the LCD monitor rotated and turned around, and propped a big o mirror in front of me so i can see what works and what doesn’t.  After that it was bonding time with my camera.

Samantha-2

Samantha-4 Samantha-3 Self Portraits

I did it!!!  I faced my fear head on and stretched myself a little, it was pretty fun too and not stressful since no one was watching.  I love everything about photography, even the photo editing part.  I got to try some new techniques to the photos and I think they turned out pretty great.  I wish I have Photo Shop so I can edit out the weird background, but I shall not complain.  I’ve included three of the same photos at the bottom to show the different types of effects I’ve used on it. I like them all! I hope to do some more photo challenges in the future, so stay tuned.

BTW, if you want a photo challenge, go to this blog here for some inspiration.  What is your photo challenge, please share!

4 thoughts on “Self Portrait – Getting Comfortable with My Camera

  1. anbjones

    I think most photographers feel more comfortable behind the lens, but this exercise is easy to do and has turned out se great results – which then helps you become a better photographer in the long run!

    Keep up the good work!

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