How To Take Self-Portraits | Wisconsin Portrait Photography | Tips & Tricks
In another life, I got in front of my camera and took a photo of myself every single day for a year. I was seventeen, in my senior year of high school, and applying to college for the first time.
Making the time to get in front of my camera became my happy place, something I've later coined as "Self-Portrait Therapy." Getting on the other side of the camera and getting in the picture is just as important as taking the photo in the first place.
These days, I try to get in front of my camera once a month for my monthly Currently posts here on the blog.
Here are my three best tips for taking your own self-portraits:
Find your light - Good lighting trumps pretty backgrounds always, always, always.Trust me on this one. One of my favorite things to do is drive around and look for places with the best light. Those always become my favorite shooting locations. If you're looking for golden hour, this website is how I calculate the best time to shoot!
Set up your camera - Through the years, I have used window sills, patio chairs, even the hood of my car to balance my camera on! These days, I keep a tripod in the trunk of my car so that I can go anywhere with my camera and take self-portraits if I want to, no stable flat surface needed. I've been using this one from Amazon since 2017!
Turn on the self-timer OR use a wireless remote - Most cameras have a built-in self-timer! On your phone, it might be 3 or 10 seconds. On a DSLR camera, there is a 10-second self-timer that you can set. I did the self-timer dash for a good portion of my first 365 before I discovered my lifesaver: the wireless shutter remote. Press a button, it clicks the shutter, and you stop looking like a fool running back and forth between your camera in public. (Seriously... LIFESAVER.) This is the one I've been using for over a decade now!