I am a great fan of self-portraits. I am not the best photographer, but I’m my own best model, that’s for sure. At the same time, I don’t really like selfies and I rarely take them. When I tell this to people, they often ask me “What’s the difference?” I wasn’t sure how to explain at first. But I gave it a thought, and I came up with several essential differences between a self-portrait and a selfie.
I believe most of us snap selfies from time to time. And we mainly forget about them as soon as we post them on Instagram (and so do others). Some of us take self-portraits as well, to express an opinion, depict our emotions, or because we simply lack another model at the moment. Johnny Tang, a Brooklyn-based fine art photographer, brings self-portraiture to a new level. He creates self-portraits you are not likely to forget any time soon. He clones himself numerous times in a single photo – but he does it by shooting on 35mm film.
I started this project because, well, it seemed like it would be hella fun, and it truly has been, every agonizing moment of it. I can’t say it’s been hard work, very little of my life as a photographer has ever really felt like work, even when I’m shooting jobs I’m not really ‘in’ to, this series in particular though has felt like a dream!
The driving force of the GIANT series was to create dreamlike scenes from my head without the use of extensive Photoshop – unusual, awe-inspiring images which are as real off-camera as they are in the photo. That is no easy feat, the images that appear in my head are pretty damn ambitious and some downright near impossible to create in real life. [Read more…]
I often do a poll during my workshops: “Raise your hand if you don’t like having your own photo being taken.” Usually more than half of my students raise their hands.
“Do onto others as you would like others to do onto you.”
If you don’t like having your own photographs taken, you assume everyone else doesn’t like having their own photos taken.
Focusing a self portrait is hard, but focusing a self portrait at with Canon’s 85mm f/1.2 lens fully open is almost impossible. F/1.2 is so shallow that even the slightest movement will make your eyes blurred and your nose (or ears) tack sharp.
While definitely difficult, it is not impossible, and British photographer Joseph Parry nailed a workflow to make it work. (if you don’t believe it’s possible, just look at how sharp the eyes are at the portrait above.
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.
- 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.