Yesterday evening, when I still had too much energy to go to sleep, I tried some self portraits. I never take photos of myself (don't like them
), but I was plesantly suprised by the results I got! Here's the photo:
f/16 | 1/5 sec. | 40mm | ISO 100
I wanted the photo to have a happy-look, almost like a clown, but still be serious (< like me, happy and serious). I used manual mode with f/16 and 1/5th of a second to get a long enough exposure, and while the shutter was open, I flashed manually at 1/16th of the full power of my flash. I set the camera to Black&White (so I could see instant results) with high contrast, and not a whole lot of PP work was done.
Holding the camera in my right hand, vertically so I could press the shutter button, and firing the flash with my left hand was a bit of a challenge though. Using a tripod would have been a lot easier, but mine is still broken (need to get a new one...) so I tried it this way.
The high contrast was something I wanted, so comments like: "Your left eye (or right eye to be exact) is too dark." are not neccessary.
I'd love to hear your opinions! Comments, questions, constructive
criticism are all welcome!
- Bjorn -