I am loathe to take a self portrait. Honestly, I’d much rather sit through the weekend showing of a Drew Barrymore rom-com film festival than get in front of the camera. To give you a frame of reference, the last time I did this was three long years ago. On the rare occasion the lighting bug strikes me, my immediate family is usually less than cooperative on the modeling front. Who can blame them? They do have a camera in front of their face half of their waking lives, why make the process MORE formal?
So, my choices are whittled down. I could procure a non-family member model, which would of course mean I would have to engage in practicing the social art of speaking to others, possibly even someone I don’t know. This is something I am also not a big fan of. That leaves only one other option, pulling double duty as model and cameraman. It honestly makes things a lot more complicated. Taping a spot on the floor, pre-focusing on a stand in, like a broom or my son holding up his hand to where my face will be, taking some test shots, constantly walking back and forth, on and on and on. Good times.
Anyway, it struck me that I probably should update my social media profile shot… well… just because I wanted to see if I could gel a flash and throw some light on a background.
- Yongnuo flash full power shooting straight right up against my basement wall (white painted concrete)
- 430ex in a small softbox above and camera right 1/16th power