Discussion in 'Black and White' started by CalebPhotographer, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. CalebPhotographer

    CalebPhotographer Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    I recently discovered how unreasonably difficult it is to capture a self-portrait with a manual focus 100mm lens.

    This was the one I was most satisfied with. I was just wondering how much the hair being clipped off at the top took away from the photo. I'd really like to get a solid self-portrait, so any advice on lighting, framing, etc. would be appreciated for next time I give it a go.

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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I'd say your off to a real good start....
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  3. Kosta

    Kosta Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 29, 2010

    it's hard to get it spot on with a long manual focus lens, thank god/someone for digital!

    experiment with lighting and the shadows your facial features cast with certain angles. (i'm sure better advice from more experienced members will follow :tongue:)
  4. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That someone would be Mr. Steve Sasson
  5. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nice work Caleb. Nice to see you again.

    Self portraits are really hard even without that focal length. If you had a big piece of something reflective you might be able to use it to cast a bit of light on your face from about 45 degrees from the front. That way it might eliminate the shadow near your eye.

    Did you use the self timer?
  6. CalebPhotographer

    CalebPhotographer Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    The shadow near my eye is just from exhaustion. I switch between working graveyard, morning, mid, and night shifts. For example today; I woke up at 9:30PM last night and have work at 3:00PM today.

    I set the self timer at 12 seconds.

    Unfortunately I've never been very strong with prefocusing. I'm sure if I learned the way 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. meters from the camera looked, I'd have an easier time.
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