A Long Overdue Portrait Shoot

For many years I’ve been planning on having a selfie-portrait shoot. Today I had a spare 90 minutes, so gathered up all my gear (camera, black backdrop, flash etc) and proceeded to take photos of myself, for myself. A learning curve if you will, to find myself and to find a part of my photography that’s been missing for so long.

I ran into two problems along the way. The first problem was that my flash had died on me, and no matter what batteries I used, or how many times I banged it hard, it wouldn’t come to life, so it had to be plan “B”, which was a spotlight that my wife uses for crafting! I pointed it at the ceiling, I pointed it to the side of me, and generally used it as a tool, in a way I probably wouldn’t have used the flash!

The second problem was because I was using my self-timer on my camera, I couldn’t check focus. Although it hit me 100% of the time, it did miss my eyes about 10% of the time, so a couple of shots had slightly soft eyes. That said, it was through my glasses, and I’m guessing the glass in them could soften my eyes anyway to a camera.

Set up on a tripod, I fired away and took around 100 photographs. I edited the raw files in Darktable 4.1 and used Photoscape X Pro to add light effects. I used the Fujifilm X-T3 and Viltrox 23mm F/1.4. Here are my final results. Click on images to see them full screen!

I tell you what! It was really hard to start with, not knowing how to pose, what to do with myself or anything. I also enjoyed editing these. Originally, all the colours were matched to each of the three shirts, but with the overlays and extra edits in Photoscape X Pro, I slightly changed the looks.

I hope this was something a little bit different for you all. It sure was for me!

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Published by Mark G.Adams

Fujifilm Documentary Photographer & Blogger.

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