One of my Flickr groups has a self portrait competition this month. I have already entered one shot but though that I’d take a bit of time over another.

I was hoping to go out for some urbex today, but things transpired otherwise, so I decided to spend a bit of time taking some SPs. As I mentioned in a previous post, I really enjoy doing these – it takes time to get everything right, for the triggers to work and the flashes to both fire at the same time.

These were taken with a softbox on my table or on a chair – basically not on a stand. My other flash was on the stand using the patented cornflake box snoot. I found that I could get the best image using the snoot close to myself, focusing on my eyes, the softbox in front and to the opposite side to provide fill. I feel that portraits work best if the subject is looking one way or the other, but not directly into the camera, the body turned slightly also gives a nicer feel.

One thing that I did notice is that my ears light up rather well, so its important to have the SB fill for this or angle the head in a way that doesn’t make my radars light up too much, I feel this is distracting and not particularly easy to remedy in post.

So here are four images -#2 and #3 are the same shot but processed slightly differently. Unfortunately JGP compression seems to have done something weird to the colour graduations in the sky, but I am sure you get the idea!

Self portraits taken using two flashes, snoot and softbox (Mark Blundell)

Self portraits taken using two flashes, snoot and softbox (Mark Blundell)

Self portraits taken using two flashes, snoot and softbox (Mark Blundell)

Self portraits taken using two flashes, snoot and softbox (Mark Blundell)