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LPNC Challenge Week 4 - Self Portraits

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neilcreek is a group administrator neilcreek says:

Discussion for the Learning Photography with Neil Creek weeky challenge - Self Portraits - goes here.

Please tag the photos you add to the pool for the challenge with the following tags:
lpncchallenges
lpncchallenge4
selfportrait

You can see the photos submitted to the challenge so far here.
(It might take some time for Flickr to make your tagged photos visible to the search)

Good luck everyone!
10:11AM, 9 July 2008 PDT (permalink)

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vandyll.net says:

As long as you don't require me to be "artistically" nude. =P
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Akos Kiss says:

How do you measure the correct length to be sharp? Do you use remote release? But the remote release is not the best choice because you don't know which part of your body is focus. Maybe your eyes, but what if your nose is the sharpest? That is not good enough.

My trick was that I used two tripods. One was for the camera but the other had a paper on it with black lines and i put the focus there. After I put a sign to the floor where the plane of the sharpness crossed it. But this was not good enough. I had to take about 30 pictures to have 4 or 5 which was correct regarding the sharpness of the eyes.

What do you suggest?
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vandyll.net says:

I use a remote while having my camera set on the tripod. I generally gauge where my eyes will be in the photo and set the focal point there. Close-up head shots are a lot easier than anything with distance.

Here is an example from my 365 set that I nailed on the first shot. Like anything else, practice makes it easier:

Day 110: A case of the Mondays
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gigantic rock [deleted] says:

I use my kids to stand in for me :D

I have neither a remote, nor the ability to take multiple attempts (on film) so I get my kids to sit/stand where I'll be, set the aperture at around f4 to make sure most things are sharp and set the self timer.
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Akos Kiss says:

vandyll.net: very good self portrait! I'll try to practice more. :)

the_wolf_brigade: I don't have kids but maybe my relatives can help me. :) Thanks for the tip!
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tuxcomputers says:

the_wolf_brigade wrote

I have neither a remote
Is the camera capable of using a remote? I bought one off ebay for $10 including postage. It has different sections on it for different brands.

My camera (Pentax K10D) also has a setting for a 3 second delay after the remote trigger, this has several purposes. One is so that vibrations from the mirror slap has stopped, the other is so that self portraits don't catch you holding a remote.
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gigantic rock [deleted] says:

Nope no chance of a remote. My film cameras are old, with the youngest being somewhere in the 80s, though I did take the chance to break out the digital embracing the idea that a self portrait need not show my face, nor be particularly sharp....

Honey, I'm home....
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laanba says:

Self portraits are SO hard. I'm sure that vandyll is right that practice will improve my skills. I don't like pictures of myself anyway, but I do enjoy taking mirror project self portraits because I am behind the lens and the surroundings and the mirrored surface are as important as the person.
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neilcreek is a group administrator neilcreek says:

It's great to see the folks who have participated so far, but I'd like to see a lot more self-portraits! There's not long till the next weekly challenge, so if ou're procrastinating, go do it now :) I'm planning to shoot one of myself today so that I can set an example :)

So come on folks! Lets see you!
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burly neck [deleted] says:

o.k. - finally I made it

me
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Chrissy Downunder says:

Went to do the challenge over the weekend .. set up the camera .. and the atmosphere .. then checked myself out in the mirror, making sure I look presentable ... bummer, I have a small pimple on my nose :o
... tried to cover it with my girlie bag of tricks but the camera still picked it up .. sooooo .. I definitely can't submit any of those shots (don't want to frighten anyone!)

My dad is visiting from Tassie this week and he's bringing his Canon with him :) So I'm going to try again after Tuesday when he arrives.

He won't be real impressed when I greet his camera with more excitement and anticipation than I do when I see him .. lol

Love all the submissions so far .. and I snuck one in to the pool I took when I didn't have a pimple on my nose. It's not the clearest shot ... I'm just havin fun :) .. The expression says it all while looking at the wonderful photography from the members here.

WOW! AWESOME! .... need I say more ... lol
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shutterbug_rn says:

Okay, fine. I did it. It's tagged appropriately and shows up in the search. But I refuse to post it to the group pool! (Bad enough that I see it at the top of my photostream every time I log on!) I've personally always preferred to be behind the camera, rather than in front of it. But for the sake of the challenge, and just to see if I could do it.... And it's kind of thrown together, so the lighting really blows. Oh well!
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BADRS says:

Although I use a remote most of the attempts at self portraiture are misses rather than hits. But from the misses i get a better idea of where i should be infront of the camera. I think the lens used plays an important role in getting better sharpness.
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neilcreek is a group administrator neilcreek says:

The challenge is complete and I have chosen my favourite: www.flickr.com/photos/badrsafadi/2669274132/

You can see this and all of my picks here: neil.creek.name/blog/2008/07/17/weekly-flickr-group-highl...

I was very impressed and thrilled to see as many submissions for the challenge as I did. Thank you to everyone who participated, and for having the courage to do so :)
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