SELF-PORTRAIT HOW-TO: This week i took a slightly more complicated approach because I decided to turn my back to the window and place my large umbrella softbox in front of me. The light was positioned about two feet away and at eye level to ensure it put a nice catchlight in the corner of my eyes. I asked my husband to stand where i wanted to stand so that I could find a good focus point. Once the scene was set, I started the 10-second timer and ran into position. To obtain a more appealing facial shape, and avoid unwanted shadows, I jutted my chin out a little and pointed my head down ever so slightly. I looked up at the camera to create a more dramatic expression with my eyes. I also turned my opposing side away from the camera a little to make sure my arm could not be seen around the outer edge of my stomach. I relaxed my hands and shoulders. I should mention that before scrambling into this stance, I held the frame against my body while looking in a mirror to make sure i had it just where it needed to be. I didn't move it as I walked back to my camera and then to my photo position. The hardest part of this selfie was getting my eyes in focus. That detail was crucial to the success of the photo. I put tape on the floor and asked that my husband stand with his feet on it, keeping his face as in line with his toes as he could. Then when I stood there, I tried to make sure my eyes were as even with the tape as possible. This is hard to do since my eyes are 5 feet above the floor. But, after a few dozen shots it worked! Believe it or not, that's less trial shots than in the past. That means all this self-portrait work is improving my abilities at least a little!
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