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!