How To Take a Selfie With the Milky Way

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If you always wanted your very own selfie in front of the Milky Way – its actually not that hard to do!

Here’s what you need:

  • DSLR camera with good high ISO performance.
  • Fast, sharp wide angle lens.
  • Tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • A wide open really dark location.
  • Lightroom or Photoshop for post-processing.

Continue reading and I’ll tell you how I took these Milky Way selfies step by step.

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Photographer Shares Her Emotional Turmoil In Compelling Self Portrait Series [NSFW]


One of the hardest things to find in today’s society is real, unabashed honesty.  There’s no shortage of people spouting their views and opinions, but very rarely do we see beneath the surface or reveal our true selves to those around us.

Samantha Geballe is an exception to the rule.  The fine art and conceptual portrait photographer explains that she strives to “explore human emotion from the inside out.”  Samantha, who has long struggled with self acceptance and body image due to obesity, took a step of courage to convey her emotional struggles to the world through honest and revealing self-portraiture.  While art is often reflective of our inner selves to some degree, we are often not willing to become this vulnerable and real.

(Warning:  Graphic content after the jump.)

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Wandering About Lapland’s Milky Way and Northern Lights


Tiina Törmänen, a Finnish landscape photographer, has travelled the vast wilderness of Arctic Lapland creating an awe-inspiring series of self portraits.

Titled “Wanderer”, the series is Tiina’s attempt to show how tiny we humans are in this world we live in and the universe around it.

The isolated frozen landscapes and the stunning skies, showing the magnificent northern lights and Milky Way, fulfill her goal in the most beautiful way.

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Sasha O’s Inspiring 365 Day Self Portrait Project Is A Refreshing Step Outside The Ordinary

Sasha Oleksiichuk is a young Ukrainian photographer (currently based in Belgium) that is gaining some much deserved attention after finishing up her enchantingly surreal 365 day self portrait project. Her portraits are creative, a quality that you come to realize is genuinely innate as you browse through her portfolio. The images that make up her 365 project range from surreal portraits to bright, colorful studio shots, with a healthy dose of composite images that send the imagination running.

Sasha O, as she’s more commonly known, takes her inspiration from the little things in life, she says things like paint, shells, vegetables, feathers, light, shadows, nature, and her surroundings. Even books, movies, and music, she explains, can inspire us, oftentimes without us even realizing it. “You can see some trees and you get ideas what to do with it. You just need to be open to new ideas and not be afraid to try it, even if it sounds crazy, because the results may surprise you.” Speaking to Sasha, you can’t help but to be inspired yourself. Much like the way she draws inspiration and courage from photographers before her who completed similar feats, Sasha O is a bit of a muse herself.

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Buzz Aldrin On Taking Self Portraits In Space (Plus, A New Service That Let’s You Make Your Own Space Selfie?!)


Let’s be real, space selfies are light years better than the average Instagram styled selfie. Photos taken of space from space are like the ultimate travel photos. It probably has something to do with the fact that some astronauts, like Buzz Aldrin, were orbiting earth at speeds of 17,000 mph and just casually snapped a selfie like what they’re doing is no big deal.  As Aldrin explains in the interview below, he was supposed to be photographing ultraviolet stars, but when the sun rose and he could no longer see the stars, he turned the camera on himself because he was curious to see what it would like and, you know, why not?.

Listen as Aldrin tells the story behind pioneering the space selfie, then read on to see how you can take a space selfie of your own.

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