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Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

Taking Your Own Self Portait

every so often i need to take a picture of myself and i honestly have no idea what i'm doing. each version is getting better but it's still a pain. only recently did i discover that i have to put my custom setting of removing the focus button (as the main button and keeping it on the back), was also killing my focus on my remote switch. so everything was coming out a bit soft.

i was looking up tips online and found this page

http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/100-seriously-cool-self-portraits-and-tips-to-shoot-your-own/

i misread it as a 100 tips, but there are only 5, however there are many cool self portraits in there...


anyway if anyone has any tips on how to get a good picture of yourself, i'm all ears. yesterday i spent about 2 hours taking about a 100 pictures, trying to get the pose i wanted, and even though i was using live view and a mirror, i still had many that didn't come out well.

any ideas? thanks

---Mike Savad

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Anita Dale Livaditis

11 Months Ago

How about taking somebody else's self portrait. Now that's hard to do. :)

 

JC Findley

11 Months Ago

Mike,

The way I have always done it is set everything up on a tripod using a substitute model where I will be. Once I have it set up, I either use the timer or have the sub press the cable release button once I have changed places with them.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

what i need is a remote control switch, i have one on my flash but it will go off i think when used. i have a dinky 3ft and it's too small, i'm rolling back and forth on a chair.

the first batch, i came out really distorted. needed someone to shoot me.
this batch, my hands were too large or in the wrong place. i used liquify in photoshop, but it's still a little too large.

i also found out that if i set my camera to program settings and modify any of those settings, when the camera goes to sleep, all the settings are changed back when it wakes up. i'd love to fix that.

---Mike Savad

 

Andee Photography

11 Months Ago

Does your camera have the capability for a remote control? That is what I used and a tripod.

Got some good shots too...been one camera ago but I got some photos well enough friends

requested copies....Not taken one in years. but it was nice to have the remote.

 

Bradford Martin

11 Months Ago

I bought a wireless remote for my Nikon D300 just a month ago. It was about 15 bucks. I can't remember if I found it on Amazon or Ebay, new. It wasn't even the cheapest. I set the autofocus on the multi point mode that detects the nearest subject. If I remember correctly there is also automatic eye detection is you set it on 51 focus points, which I didn't bother to do. I have the camera set up so that the shutter button is the auto focus. That way It focuses on me when I push the remote. I do a few shots, peep and adjust. My profile photo was done with this. I also modeled for my own stock photo which sold right away. Best investment I ever made.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

i have a remote shutter button, but the wire is short, and i have a flash that can activate it, but i need the flash where it was.


---Mike Savad

 

Andee Photography

11 Months Ago

You need a wireless remote Mike.

 

Bradford Martin

11 Months Ago

My wireless remote attaches in the port made for electronic releases. It's wireless Mike, not just remote. Fifteen bucks.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

do you have the name? i'm looking them up now. i found one that eats up my flash port, seems a bit excessive considering the camera has a way to trigger it wirelessly already.


---Mike Savad

 

Mary Bedy

11 Months Ago

I'm going to read that link, Mike. I have a piece of my work as my avatar because I absolutely HATE photos of myself. My son seems to take the best ones, but I don't have a clear enough one to use. I guess I should look for a remote as well. Been using the self-timer, but I can't get anything I like. I suck at it.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

there are some pretty creative images in there. i like the one where the guy is running through and you see him in mid air. in the next batch i'll have at least 1 self portrait, if it get the others done it will be 3 more. it's alot cheaper then getting models and i can use the images without releases and such.

right now i need to figure out how to make a reflection of my hands in a glass ball.

---Mike Savad

 

Mary Bedy

11 Months Ago

Good luck, Mike. I don't shoot people except family pictures. Not my best thing. I don't think it's easy at all. In fact, after my son got married, I hauled out my wedding album and looked and I realized now how crummy my wedding photographer was. Of course, he didn't have Photoshop and that was in the era of flash bulbs. Oh well.

 

Phyllis Wolf

11 Months Ago

You should ask Gunter for tips on photographing people. He does it professionally and is the best I've seen on here at it.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

yeah, but there are very few of himself. taking another person and doing yourself are totally different. mostly due to angle.

---Mike Savad

 

Chuck Johnson

11 Months Ago

Very rarely shoot myself,but when I do I use manual focus and exposure settings and the cameras timer.

 

Phyllis Wolf

11 Months Ago

I'm on his Facebook and I've seen other photos hes taken too and he's knows equipment. I'm sure he could give some tips on self photography also.

 

Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

Not sure...but this might help. Came across this a little while ago.....

http://christinagreve.com/tutorial-professional-portrait/

 

Mary Bedy

11 Months Ago

Good link, Sheena. I've been trying to shoot myself (that just doesn't sound right) in room lighting. I have a window I can stand next to. I guess I should buy that remote shutter release as well, I've been thinking about getting one. I never use flash except fill flash and in rare circumstances, so I think a remote shutter release would be more practical for me than buying an external flash unit. I do like the 'age spots' (freckles) on my face. when I'm out in bright sun, they come out with a vengeance. I might try that on a sunny day - get them to show themselves, then run inside and take the shot.

 

Mary Bedy

11 Months Ago

Question - Mike, maybe you know this - I just looked at the wireless Canon remote on B&H and they are only 20 bucks. However, it looks like you have to get your exposure and focus measured on the camera before you take the shot. I've only worked with wired remotes on film cameras. I guess the remote ONLY triggers the shutter, and does not make the camera focus on the subject as well, right? I'm feeling stupid right now....somebody enlighten me, please....

 

Dave Glover

11 Months Ago

Hi Mike,

This model has been reliable and has amazing range. Its out of stock but worth looking for.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002KDOJMA/ref=ya_aw_oh_pit

 

Phyllis Wolf

11 Months Ago

This is the wireless remote I have for my Canon. Got it on Amazon for this same price it's listed here at....$8.95 ..it works up to 16 feet away.

http://www.amazon.com/Photive-Wireless-Shutter-Release-Replacement/dp/B005UFZ7F8/ref=pd_cp_p_0


Here's another, same company a little different for the same price..

http://www.amazon.com/Photive-Wireless-Remote-Control-Canon/dp/B0064PPEKG

 

Barbara Moignard

11 Months Ago

Could your mother take some for you?

 

Bradford Martin

11 Months Ago

This is what I bought for my Nikon. A Neewer. It's gone up but way cheaper than the Nikon one designed for my camera. I have heard of people burning up ports with this type, which is why I didn't buy the cheapest one. It had some good reviews ,but I can't find them now.
http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Wireless-REMOTE-Shutter-Release/dp/B005LZSRLI/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380479128&sr=1-4&keywords=nikon+d300+wireless+remote

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

Big subject and thanks for the referral Phyllis.

Here's what I know: The outcome of a headshot, and I assume that's what we talking about here as a self portrait, depends on the expression in your face.

When I do headshots, the best are were the model is not aware of the camera this second, like in talks to me or fixes the hair etc. For a winner the model needs to be relaxed and natural.
I often tell them jokes and make them laugh on the better ones. If that happens you have a fraction of a second to pull the trigger, not on the full laugh usually, takes a little bit of practice.
Now, if you shoot yourself and watch a monitor, focus on remote clicking, unless you are very experienced and can pull of a natural pose, it will be very hard to do.

If I need one, I exchange headshots with another photographer, I do his, he does mine, or I set up the camera and let somebody click for about 30 minutes, while I'm having a conversation.

Posing for yourself usually makes you look stiff.
Camera settings are the same than any other headshot, 80-135mm lens (70-200 will do also), f4 or lower, 200 (not 250, like most do) shutter with strobes, focus on the eyelashes (not the eyes, like everybody explains and you have to show that to the person that runs the camera, if not a photographer). If you shoot in daylight everything is the same except the shutter speed.
If you have a full frame, make sure you stay between 80-135mm, if you have a crop sensor do the math, usually 1.6. Otherwise you face will be distorted (longer nose etc.)

That's how I do it, so find your own method but make sure you are relaxed when shooting, otherwise JCPenny will do.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

my mother could do it, but of course then it wouldn't be a self portrait. and knowing what i want and the angle i need is hard to convey. especially when i don't know what i want.

i put a few of these remotes (the pricey one anyway), on my wishlist, seems like a lot of money for a once in a while use. but if i'm going to be taking more of these, i'll need something.


---Mike Savad

 

Laura Fasulo

11 Months Ago

I have an interval timer setting on my camera. First I select my framing and manual focus which you can do by focusing on a chair or tripod if you don't have another person to stand in for you.

Then I set my shutter to release every 5 seconds or so. It lets you get much more relaxed if you are not having to press a wireless remote.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

often the hardest part is where my eyes are looking. i have one setting where the camera pre-flashes. in manual it didn't do that. i tended to move my eye from reflex with that first flash. i found by looking at the canon logo was i looking in more or less the right place. the other problem is my room is too small. i know my 17-40 made me look like a circus freak stuck in a room full of fun house mirrors. the 28 distorted me a bit. i ended up with like 35 with a 28-75. i need to get my 50mm fixed still.

and for the pose i needed, there were too many factors in there. i'm still not really that pleased how it came out, but i'm leaving it till next time.

---Mike Savad

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

i don't think my camera has an interval ability, as advanced as it is, i don't think any of my cameras has that, that i'm aware of...

---Mike Savad

 

Barbara St Jean

11 Months Ago

"JCPenny will do" LOL

Short of that, you could try what the dancers do for photo shoots.... most of the time the pics are taken in a dance studio with a bank of mirrors on one wall. The photographer sets up in front of the mirrors but the dancer can see his/her reflection behind the camera and can set up properly (crotch shots are a taboo).... I know you want to take a self portrait but it might be an idea to try.... you could see how you look before the camera goes click, click, click.... just a thought.

Cheers, Barbara

 

Laura Fasulo

11 Months Ago

Why don't you take it outside where you have room to use a longer focal length like the 75mm

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

Here's an example, not a self portrait, but I think it shows how important it is to be relaxed for a winner image.

This was shot while the model was fixing his hat for the upcoming round of shots and was completely unaware that I'm shooting already, you would not be able to get this pose on command. You will not be able to shoot this in a self portrait.

Photography Prints

 

Gregory Scott

11 Months Ago

My Canon cameras have had software with capture capability, and you can use your laptop for interval series.
My canon shutter release (electrical cable) is only about 3 feet or so, but I bought a 15 foot "extension" for it. Not a very cheap solution, but handy for wildlife photography.
You might want to check out "Trigger Trap" and affordable electronic shutter release that can work by intervals, electric eye, microphone, and other triggering methods.
Finally, with an android or iphone, you can use the trigger trap phone app (with an inexpensive cable) to trigger several brands of dSLR based on distance, time intervals, and so on.
This last option is the lowest cost option, other than the camera/laptop method, which you can probably do without anything new. Check your utility software you got with your camera.

Of course, there is that old favorite, the self timer... Most newer cameras allow more than one delay time, maybe 3 seconds vs 15 seconds.

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

@Laura

If natural light is ok, outside will do, but the most pro look you usually get with strobes, although some will argue that.

@Mike

"often the hardest part is where my eyes are looking. i have one setting where the camera pre-flashes. in manual it didn't do that. i tended to move my eye from reflex with that first flash. i found by looking at the canon logo was i looking in more or less the right place. the other problem is my room is too small. i know my 17-40 made me look like a circus freak stuck in a room full of fun house mirrors. the 28 distorted me a bit. i ended up with like 35 with a 28-75. i need to get my 50mm fixed still.

and for the pose i needed, there were too many factors in there. i'm still not really that pleased how it came out, but i'm leaving it till next time."


Try somebody else to handle the camera while you talk to them and vary the pose you are going for, it might take 200 exposures but you will get a nice one. Your mom will enjoy it and it might even make a nice afternoon with a super image at the end.
You have no choice on lenses, it is 80-135, unless you want a different effect

On this one the model was listening to somebody else talking ........... Bingo
Most of my good shots are clicks between the poses. You cannot do that yourself. You need a passionate photographer eye on the other side.

Photography Prints

 

Kay Pickens

11 Months Ago

I got an interval timer for the 5dm3. So nice for self portraits. You can take a handful at once. Also wanted it for time lapse photography so it was worth it to me. I use a tripod or light stand to focus on

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

for me, i don't want relaxed, since it's going to be for a part of something else, i have to have a certain pose. natural shots of me look silly.


---Mike Savad

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

@kay - which timer do you have?

---Mike Savad

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

If you want to shoot it yourself, as far as I know you are using Canon.

Use the EOS Utility or Lightroom with an USB extension, shoot thetered, put it in live view and click with the mouse, if you have a wireless mouse, there you have it, but cable will work too. No need to buy anything.






 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

actually that probably could work and it wouldn't be any more wires than i already have. certainly easier to see the screen than a tiny mirror anyway. next time i need to i guess...


about those triggers, i wonder if they have an inexpensive ones that trigger off of noise or can trigger a flash. i know of a time machine device, but i think it's meant for flashes. i've always wanted to do those freeze frames of things popping or breaking. i was thinking there would be a way to use my phone for that. though thinking about it i wonder if the screen being on would ruin the shot.

---Mike Savad

 

Phyllis Wolf

11 Months Ago

Gunter, thank you for the advice on settings and especially the tip to look at the eyelashes instead of the eyes. I'm going to try that next time I take photos of someone. I haven't done it before but I keep being asked to take photos for graduations, conformations, baptisms and Quinceaneras in my area and so I finally said I would and just committed myself to shooting 2 last week so the information you just gave will come in handy. I'll keep reading if you have any more tips you want to share. Thanks again! : )

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

If you want to do freeze frames, you need a flash that is capable of high speed sync. Make sure you set it to fire behind the curtain.
There are other ways, but I prefer this. The 550EX and 580EX series will do.

Thinking about the thethered self portrait, I wonder if there is a script that gives you a left mouse click every second, if not, I'm sure, someone on here you right it easily.

http://www.bing.com/search?setmkt=en-US&q=script+left+mouse+click

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

one of my unbelievable stupid double posts, qualified for deletion

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

@Phyllis,

Great, I think you will have fun doing that, I love to work with people, rather than objects. Let me know when it is closer and we talk a little.

 

Chrystyne Novack

11 Months Ago

What kind of lighting do you have? Or what kind of lighting are you shooting in - outside, shade, partial shade, cloudy, indoors, indoors with what type of lighting in the bulbs? Do you have a flash unit that can swivel or are you using built in flash?

Adding my input:

1) If you are pointing/facing directly toward the camera then this tip does wonders. To make your subject or yourself more photogenic you need to have good definition on the face as well as a good jawline. Getting good definition on the jawline is as simple as moving your forehead out towards the camera so that light and shadow can now define the jaw. Check out Peter Hurley's video for better explanation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3oJnFtA_k

2) Relaxed poses are better - have a friend be there on the shoot and just shoot the breeze with you for a few minutes before firing the shutter so that you are more relaxed. The other suggestion is if you zone out/relax to your favorite music have it playing while you take the shot. The first few shots may be stiff but as you focus more on the music it is possible that you can capture a more relaxed natural pose.

3) I feel it is really is best to focus on the eyes to get them tack sharp - but I see Gunter recommends the eyelashes and that perhaps relates directly to the low aperture setting (4 or lower) and ease of getting it as close to the main focal point especially if you are doing a self portrait on your own. The link you provided states the author focused on the shovel in the stuck in the ground and then placed himself in that same spot. If your camera has a nine point focus points (some have 12 or more) find the setting where you can set it on just one focus point on the substituted object where your eyes/eyelashes would be, lock it in, remove object and take the shot.

4) This works more with non moving objects but you could adapt it to your self taken portrait to assist in getting the sharp focus. If you want to be precise - and I mean measure where you want your focus tack sharp on the eyes and whole of the face or more the Online Depth of Field Calculator http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html to figure it out to ft/inches/meters/centimeters. Just plonk in your numbers and it will tell you the calculations so you will know exactly where to place yourself or object.



 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

@Chrystine

Ahh, Peter Hurley, I studied him too, Technically he is perfect (Hassy), but his expressions on the head shots are disappointing recently.
I also never liked the Kino's, that square or triangle catch light makes people look like aliens, but the even, soft light is a payoff.
Other than that, a great photographer

http://ph2pro.com/user-528/gallery/9369

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

the camera has like 61 focus points i think i can use most of them. i'm using basic flashes, originally i wanted the light from the bottom up, and got that effect later on. later i used a 550ex as a master (my only master), and a 270ex with a diffuser as a slave for above light. it seemed to work. it's just the angles that are getting me. i sit back in the chair and i look like i saw the witch doctor, tiny head. with huge hands. i had to sit up right to balance it and it's still not really right. it's out of scale. each generation is getting better though.

---Mike Savad

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

I use back button focus, so set it to the center point, focus - lock and frame

If this is a full or half body shot, the 50mm (Full frame sensor) sees it in the same proportion than your eye, no distortion at all

can't help you with the angles, need to experiment

On another note, if you you have somebody tell you that you are the greatest artist on FAA, you head might get bigger :)

 

Angela Bonilla

11 Months Ago

Great thread! I learned a lot! Eyelashes for the focus? So going to try that!! I'm still afraid of flash and strobes. Gorgeous samples of those portraits, Gunter.

My best trick for getting a good portrait is to pretend I'm fiddling with my settings longer than I really am. I usually get my settings right then shoot a few, then tell my subject, "No, relax, I'm still just getting my settings right." They relax, but I'm all set, fire off a few more "test" shots and usually nail it. Of course, then I have to do the "real" shoot, but I know I've already bagged the money shot, so that's just extra.

I'm kinda new here, but I'm learning so much! Thanks, again! Angela

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

@Angela
"My best trick for getting a good portrait is to pretend I'm fiddling with my settings longer than I really am. I usually get my settings right then shoot a few, then tell my subject, "No, relax, I'm still just getting my settings right." They relax, but I'm all set, fire off a few more "test" shots and usually nail it. Of course, then I have to do the "real" shoot, but I know I've already bagged the money shot, so that's just extra."

lol, I do the same thing, it works, one has to be a con artist ........... sometimes I work with an assistant and tell her to distract the model if they are stiff :)

 

Kay Pickens

11 Months Ago

Mike, I got the shutterboss remote. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GMVGGE/

But it's about $100. Like I said I wanted it for interval shots, so it was a good solution for me. I'm determined to get out and get star trails. But I ended up loving it for self portraits. I shoot like 10 shots at a time, then look at them for selfies. Saves so much time if I'm going for a certain look on a selfie.

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

@Mike

"about those triggers, i wonder if they have an inexpensive ones that trigger off of noise or can trigger a flash. i know of a time machine device, but i think it's meant for flashes. i've always wanted to do those freeze frames of things popping or breaking. i was thinking there would be a way to use my phone for that. though thinking about it i wonder if the screen being on would ruin the shot."

Not sure if I understand that right, but if you are looking for a freeze frame by triggering the flash, you need to set the camera to "bulb" after everything is dialed in and then trigger the flash.
It has to be very dark and the flash needs to point with a snoot (like a hairlight), easy to make yourself with black paper. Key is to flash in the right moment and will take many attempts. When setting up, make sure you have it on spot metering. Again, there are other solutions. You can do it with fast shutter and high sync flash.

If you do water drops or something like that you need a very fast strobe to freeze motion.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

http://www.bmumford.com/photo/

this thing, but it's like $300-400 and while is really cool, it's high priced for the uses. they have a number of ways to get the shot as well. but the whole thing looks a bit home made, probably is. but it's that kind of thing i want to have.


---Mike Savad

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

that's awesome, somebody should write a plugin for Lightroom, maybe they have that

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

Ah, now I know where I've seen that before: http://www.liquidsculpture.com/

I think it would pay off fast if you can create that quality

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

http://lightningtrigger.com/

the other cool one is this- if i remember right (i found these years ago), it will fire the camera at the first hint of lighting, and you can use it in the daytime. it sees the lightning and fires it really fast. but it's also like 300 bucks or so. and it would be worth it if i lived in an area that had many storms, and a large horizon. like canyon land, or farmville. this way all you do is set the camera up set this thing to the sky and watch it.


---Mike Savad

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

Super, they have it for Android, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.co.pixeltech.lightningtrigger&hl=en ,there must be a software solution somewhere, since the camera communicates through the EOS utility and Lightroom, there must be a way to also send a flash trigger command, not only the shutter, and separate them. The only hardware needed would be the sensors. Then again, the camera has a light sensor as well for metering.

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

http://hardpan.com/diy-lightning-trigger-for-digital-cameras/

http://lightingmods.blogspot.com/2012/06/nero-multi-trigger-reviewed.html $117 but less features

 

David Bishop

11 Months Ago

look up triggertrap a free phone app tho it cost $30 for the attachment to your camera.but it has a lot of options you can set it to take a pic every second or 10 secs or whatever time you want so you could set it up and forget about it for awhile also has a clap response if you want to try motion shots has motion time lapse and even a magnetic trigger response and some more worth looking into https://triggertrap.com/

 

Gunter Nezhoda

11 Months Ago

@David

That should work, $29.99, I have an older smartphone I could use dedicated for that

 

Heidi Smith

11 Months Ago

I use a $20 wireless remote. It works great for self portraits and shooting when you need to ensure no camera shake.

 

Billy Griffis Jr

11 Months Ago

Mike - It's pretty simple actually. If your camera is less than about 15 years old it should have a timer. Mine is 2 or 12 second, plenty time to get in the shot at 12 seconds. Wireless remote is great, mine was about $12 I think, and has the capability to zoom if I use an auto focus lens too, normally not needed...range is around 25 feet I think, I haven't tried it more than 15 feet but it's excellent for setting up with a tripod and getting good close up shots of Hummingbirds that don't want to let me get that close...but they don't mind just the camera too much. Also good for self portraits, band photos and such.

If your camera is less than about 5 years old or so it should have an interval setting, read your manual. Mine will do just about any interval I want from 1 per second to one per day...for as long as the battery holds out...

Usually I just keep it simple and use the 12 second timer and a tripod. It works great, with or without flash. If using flash, it may not be easy but make yourself look at an imaginary spot just to the left of the camera. No red eye. I had to turn a bit more than if you don't wear glasses, they cause huge reflections.

When I set up this shot last week I used the guitar to get decent focus, then tried a test shot, I got lucky and first try was perfect, exposure and all, so all I had to do was trip the shutter, grab the guitar and get in place. In the full size version you can count the eyebrows...(not the one on Flickr, the original unedited one)

billy_31869

I also did a search for wireless units on Amazon, this should get you there,

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wireless%20camera%20remote

not hard to narrow it down to camera brand. No need for an expensive one, but get a couple of extra batteries, mine only lasted a couple of months, the replacement is now over a year old and going strong. I don't think they use decent batteries, or they're already pretty old...mine takes a standard 2016 watch type battery, 2 for a buck at Harbor Freight. Or was it 2 bucks...

KISS...

Keep It Simple Stupid...

Always remember that one, I'm always looking for ways to simplify just about everything I do. That's why for self portraits, the wireless rarely comes out, I just set it to 12 second timer, I have plenty time to get in the shot. If I don't like it, do it again. No need for wireless, I do use a hot shoe flash, I never liked the built in jobs, manual focus lens but focus confirmation works great, I always use center spot, no reason to give it dozens of potential focusing spots when I know where I'll be, I already know what to expect from my rig so one test shot is usually plenty. Set it on a tripod, get the focus, set the timer..I use a prop like my guitar to focus on, then put me in that spot.

Simple...

 

Robert Frank Gabriel

11 Months Ago

I'm so vain I've been taking selfies for the past 30 years....studio images, reflections, mirrors, camera held at arms length, etc....Most every self image interests me (talk about vanity). The avatar image of me and my Canon was taken by shooting into our car mirror.

 

Mike Savad

11 Months Ago

it's a 5d mk3, i don't think it has interval, or at least i never found it. it has a number of silent click modes and sets of images modes, but that's it as far as i know. usually the things i need a photo for are very specific, none of my portraits will be straight out me, it will all have some kind of subtle embellishment.


---Mike Savad

 

Gregory Scott

11 Months Ago

Triggertrap can be triggered in a wide variety of ways, and since it has an aux input, many devices, like motion sensors, can be adapted for use. It does lightning photos.
The phone version is good for intervals and several other modes, but not so much for high speed flash photography.

 

Rose Santuci-Sofranko

11 Months Ago

I took my current picture and I have taken many more of me for various places.... i just hold my camera out away from me as far as possible and snap away...

 

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