Experimenting with self portraits
What do you do if the room you are in is too dim for a self portrait? In this case, you can use the slow synchro flash, better known as night mode. When you use this mode, the shutter slows down in order to record the ambient light in the room. This way, you can capture more background detail even in dimly lit scenes, and you get to capture the mood of the setting. If you use slow synchro flash, you need to hold the camera steady or you’ll only produce blurred images.
When do you use the flash? Well, it all depends on where you’re going to take the shot. If you are going to take an outdoor shot, then, you should use flash as fill-in so you don’t get shadows on your face. Remember to turn your back from the sunlight so that you won’t squint. If you’re going to take your self portrait indoors, then you had best turn off your camera flash as the light becomes harsh and can result in an distasteful image.
Put yourself where you had focused the camera and, of course, don’t forget to smile! Remember when you have to take portraits of people, it is best to take several shots of different poses until you get a few that you like. Also, keep the photos you don’t like until you get them transferred to the computer. Since computer monitors are bigger, there are times you will prefer other photos from the ones you have chosen initially.
Self portraits are great opportunities for you to experiment with different photography techniques. Try different poses and “looks" which would otherwise embarrass you if someone else is taking your photo. Try different expressions and poses and erase the bad ones. You might not recognize the difference but the world will surely know.