In this age, the age of the ubiquitous and often annoying selfie, self portrait photography has gotten a really bad name. This often happens when we take something that requires skill and craft and thought and sum it up into a device like an iPhone and handed to every self absorbed person. But we are here just to talk down the self he but to improve the efficacy of self portrait photography which can be a selfie. What many self-portrait aficionados have learned is that the basics of good photography remain. It doesn’t matter if you taking your self-portrait with your iPhone or an expensive digital camera. The fundamentals remain the same and they are true hard and fast.
How to Make High-Quality Self-Portrait Photographs
The first thing that you have to learn to make high-quality self-portrait photographs is that light is your friend or your enemy. Light becomes your enemy when you do not have enough of it. We have all seen these pictures that people take where it’s all dark mighty and everything looks awful. That is an example of not having enough light. It could be the results of having a camera with a very small sensor, poor local light or poor use of light. It could be a combination of all of the above. But as a person was to take the ultimate self-portrait you need to pay attention to light and you need to make it your friend. This does not mean that you only have to take pictures in front of Windows are any other bright place, it just needs to be a manipulation and use of light that creates the best image.
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You need to learn how to properly compose your images. Composition is the number one skill and all forms of photography it is a worthwhile skill to learn. You will never be a great photographer if you do not understand composition and it doesn’t matter if you’re shooting for a fashion magazine are shooting the ultimate selfie for Instagram. You need to put much thought into how you going to post your body, how are you going to position other things in the shot, where in the frame are you going to place your body, what type of natural objects around you will properly frame the shot to give it the most detailed and the most feeling. You have to have the stalls in your mind to shoot quality photography no matter what genre of photography it is.
Two iPhone or not, that ’tis the question! As a photographer it is very easy for me to talk down iPhone photography or smart phone photography but I will not because I see it as a very useful tool and one where great photography has and will continue to be made. My only thing that I can say negatively about it is that people don’t have the requisite skills and the small sensor size of a smart phones camera leads much to desire. In such small sensors on a smart phone do not make the greatest use of low light. But the most important rules still apply and can create great photography on any camera and that goes back to composition, light use in putting thought into what you’re putting in front of the camera. One issue that I do have with smart phone photography is that you don’t have enough depth of field, you can’t really shoot shallow depth of field and you’re stuck with the single focal length. But again there is a best practices for all pieces of equipment and it is up to you to discover which settings, which distances, what form of composition and usage of light creates the best image quality on your smart phone. So if anything, this article is suggesting that you take an experiential approach to learning how to shoot the ultimate selfie on your smart phone.
So what more can we say in the article like this? The truth is that we can’t say much more because we have given you all the fundamentals that you need to know. Now is the time to start reading stop looking for more information and to start snapping as many pictures as you can. It is the time to let your creativity flow free and the test out as many ideas as you can because that is the only way to anyone has ever become of quality photographer.