I don’t want to hear your excuses: my hair is a mess, don’t have make up on, have a few more pounds to lose, it’s time to take some self portraits!
Embrace how you look TODAY!!
If you are reading this blog the odds are you are the main picture taker in your family which means you are in about 10% of the photos. I got so frustrated that I wasn’t in any pictures especially when my girls arrived. The only time I was in photos was when we were somewhere and I remembered to ask someone to take our photo. I had very few photos of me and my family living our normal life. When I started my Project 365, I took on the added challenge of a “Monday Me” photo. This was the best thing I did!! Now, I have at least one photo a week that I am in. Some weeks I’m by myself and some I’m with my family.
Do it for your kids!! You don’t want your kids to go through old photos and wonder where you were :O)
–Start with a tripod and a remote. Trying to use a self timer adds a lot of extra time and it is harder to lock your focus. There are days when I can’t find my remote and I have to use the self timer. If you do have to use the self timer make sure it is on continuous shoot and try and find someone to stand where you are going to be in order to focus on them. The bonus about using a remote is it will not take the picture until it finds something to focus on. The following pictures were all taken with the self timer and took forever to take.
Take a TON of pictures. Finding your focus will be your biggest challenge. I typically take about 100 photos when I’m in the photo and get about 25% that are in focus. Using a remote will really increase your chances of being in focus. However, even with a remote the focus can fall behind you. The focus in the majority of these photos fell on the chair in the background.
Check your LCD screen to check your focus. Nothing is worse than thinking you are in focus and taking a ton of pictures. Then you check your camera and they are all out of focus. As you can see, that happened in this photo. Unfortunately, by the time I figured it out, she was not in the mood to take pictures anymore. Sometimes as a mom you love the photo even if it is flawed :O)
Focus on someone who is in the picture with you. Make sure your aperture is high enough that everyone will be in focus.
In this picture, I focused on my friend beside me. Unfortunately, I did not know at the time I needed to up my aperture so my other friend was in focus. Notice, how she is on a different plane then the rest of us. I should have taken that into consideration when setting my aperture. (Yes, I set up my tripod at Starbucks and made my friends take pictures with me. It was Monday and that is what we did on Monday :O)
In these pictures, I put my focal point on my daughter’s eye.
If you are the only one in the photo, find something in the background to focus on and try and place yourself right in front of it. This works well if you are using a remote. Move your focal point to a spot on the wall and try to put your head there. I move my head around with each photo in hopes of getting my eye on the focal point (Aren’t you glad you aren’t paying for this info :O) he he
Use a mirror if you don’t have a tripod handy.
Need Ideas of what to take pictures of???
Take pictures of your daily routines. How fun will it be to look back when you are 80 and see the things you used to do in your twenties :O)
Make Encourage your spouse to be in some with you.
Take your own family photos. Let’s be honest, family pictures are a challenge no matter who is taking them. Sometimes they turn out like this.
The best advice I have is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!
I have been asked about the remote and tripod I use. I have a Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras
and Manfrotto 190XDB 3 Section Aluminum Tripod with the Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short. Honestly though, I had an inexpensive tripod from Target for about 6 months before it broke and I decided to get a great one.
Canon users, from my understanding there are two remotes. The first one has a 2 or 3 second delay (double check your manual though) I think that is what I read in my sister’s manual. The second one I believe takes the picture without a delay but don’t quote me on that :O) It may depend on which camera you have.
Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller for Canon XT/XTi, XSi, T1i and T2i Digital SLR Cameras