5 Reasons To Shoot A Self Portrait

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Burleson


Something New

If you're commonly someone who only shoots one style of photography, having a go at a new genre can not only be fun but educational. It can also fuel you with inspiration, giving you new ideas to prepare a go at. As you're photographing yourself there's no pressure to get it right first time either as there's no one else to please but yourself.

Something For A Rainy Day

Pace around in the rain, shooting landscapes isn't fun so instead of getting wet, set up your gear at home and have a go at shooting self-portraits. You never know, you may boon you enjoy it enough to take your gear outside, once the rain has stopped, to shoot some self-portraiture outdoors.

In Your Own Immediately

As you're not working with anyone else, you can shoot your photos when and where you want. It also means you can play around with the make-up as much as you like without having to worry about your model getting bored. You don't have to worry about time ticking away either which is something you possess to consider when working with a model as they could have another shoot to get to.



As you don't have a model to plain you can experiment with different poses and expressions much more easily as you won't have to spend time trying to explain the idea you eat in your head to someone else. Dont' forget you can experiment with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel props, too.

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The Challenge

Working behind as fount as in front of the camera comes with its own set of challenges, however learning how to overcome problems and perfecting set-ups to help improve your technique can be fun, coupled with you're learning and expanding your knowledge in the process. 

Some of the questions you may ask include the following: do you want to use a tripod? How are you going to fire the lock? Will you need a remote release or do you can have camera which can be controlled remotely via a smartphone or tablet? Are you going to shoot one shot at a span or make the most of a continuous shooting mode? 

For tips on shooting self-portraits, have a look at ePHOTOzine's technique section. 


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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