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SELF-PORTRAIT HOW-TO: This week I wanted to portray softness, femininity, and a sense of calmness and peace. To achieve this goal I used a transparent shirt with a very feminine cut. Turning my body a little toward the camera gave not only a clear view of the size and shape of my baby bump, but also a peak of my right hand, Making sure that hand looked like a hand and not like little knobs sticking out of my stomach was essential. I did not want any weird distractions. The only light I used came from the door behind me. Morning sun was the best option for this shot because the light needed to be lower to provide a nice translucent look evenly from shoulder to legs. I snapped photos for about 45 minutes and within 15 minutes I could already tell my sunlight was moving too high for the look i was trying to create. This photo was taken within that first 15 minutes. I exposed for my skin. Exposing for the window would make all the outdoor distractions visible by darkening that area. What's worse, it would have made my body nearly black. I stretched the door curtain in front of the light to diffuse it slightly and help block what was outside. For this shot i used my telephoto lens, set up about 15 feet away. It was mounted on a tripod and raised to just above my head. Taking portraits from this angle helps give a more flattering shape compared to directly vertical or from below. Try it, you'll see!
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WEEK 29 MONTH 7 | MARCH 28TH - APRIL 3RD