As photographers, we find ourselves behind the camera way more often than in front of it. However, some photographers enjoy taking self-portraits as well. I belong to this group, and while I don’t feel too comfortable when posing to others, I am perfectly fine with posing to myself. I’m not a fan of selfies, but I think self-portraits can have certain benefits for photographers. I’d like to share them with you, and see if we think alike.
Butterflies in your stomach – such a familiar feeling, isn’t it? Ukrainian photographer Anya Anti was inspired by this feeling, and turned it into a gorgeous image she named “Butterflies in My Stomach“. It took quite some time to shoot and post-process the images, but the result is an interesting composite well worth the effort. The artist has shared the idea behind the image with us, as well as more information about the gear she used and the shooting process.
Selfies are a 21st-century thing, right? Well, they certainly got popular in the 2000s, but the first selfies were taken way back. Before it was cool. Photographer Joseph Byron may be responsible for the first selfies ever taken, both individual and group. I think they could easily get tons of likes on Instagram today.
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.)