Okay, so this week is self-portrait week. Ugh! I hated this “assignment”. This is the first time I’ve ever done a self-portrait and it ain’t easy. Just sayin’!
For one thing, it’s really difficult to get the camera to focus when taking a self-portrait - at least it is for me! For some reason, I could get it to focus on other things, but not my face. I tried over and over again and finally just used manual focus. Which brought on a whole new set of problems. I went back and forth, back and forth. Tweaking the focus, checking the display...on and on and on until I got the focus in the right spot.
I actually started out in a different location with the perfect idea all thought up in my head, but the lighting was NOT working out for me, so I moved to the bathroom of all places! I knew I wanted to do a black and white photo this week, so I wasn’t too concerned with the crappy white balance that I would get (I’m pretty sure our bathroom has one incandescent lightbulb and one fluorescent one in the same fixture!). It actually worked out pretty well shooting in the bathroom because I could look in the mirror to see how I looked before I shot. I know that sounds conceited or whatever, but it’s harder than you’d think to make yourself look in a picture the same way you think you look in real life. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I set my tripod on the bathroom sink/counter, directly in front of the mirror, and used a remote shutter release. I probably could have just hand-held my camera, but since I have this handy dandy remote, I thought I should probably use it! I’m sure they make different remotes and self timers and whatnot to make this whole process easier - especially the focusing part - but I don’t see myself investing in any of those anytime soon! I’m not super thrilled with the technical side of this picture, it was more of a let’s-just-get-a-shot-that-makes-me-look-halfway-decent-and-get-outta-here kinda thing!
Oh, and I can’t believe I’m posting this so early in the week! I’m so proud of myself! :)
Hope you all have a wonderful week! Here’s to warmer weather! :)