Yesterday, I spent a sunny day in the summertime nature, taking photos of landscapes and countryside mostly. At the end of the day, when the sun was still shining, I decided to take some self-portraits, or call it - by these day's popular term "selfies" if you want - of myself to update my visual online identity on my website(s), social networks and other online profiles where I have my portraits displayed to the public.
Another reason why I decided to take some up-to-date photos of myself is because I plan to write some articles here on my personal blog and other websites, which I am developing recently, where I want to talk about the ways how I take my photos, how I do software post-processing on them in the computer, as well as about other aspects related to this field, such as photography equipment and other stuff.
These articles should present the ways how I personally do my photography works and thus it is more than natural that they should be accompanied by illustrative pictures of me in poses related to things I will talk about in the text.
So that’s the main reason why I tried some selfies of myself in various poses yesterday. Most of them are just action type of photos, showing me in moments when I am taking pictures in nature, holding my camera‘s viewfinder at eye level, touching the lens and acting like I am pointing it to some very interesting scene. ;)
Besides of these illustrative photos, I took also some portrait shots of myself with my camera in hand of which one I am attaching here to this post, so you can judge for yourself.
It is a self-portrait where I hold my Olympus E-500 DSLR. As some of you already know, I am a very proud user of Olympus 4/3 DSLR and M4/3 mirrorless system and thus I made sure Olympus logo is visible on camera belt around my neck. I will use this photo here on my personal portfolio website in the section named "equipment" where I talk about current photography equipement I use. I plan redesign of that section soon to much more informative version of what it is now.
Some of you are perhaps wondering how I actually managed to take these self-portraits?!
As I already mentioned, I am a proud user of Olympus systems and because of that I currently have two cameras. One is Olympus E-500 DSLR, I am using since 2006 and the other is mirrorless Olympus E-M5 (OM-D), I bought in 2012. So while holding one of them in the hand, I used the other one to capture the photos.
It was not easy and I actually found it much more challenging than to take portraits of someone else from position behind the camera. But it was also a kind of fun! The whole procedure went like this: every time when I wanted to capture one of those self-portraits, I have chosen the target scene first and I properly imagined how the resulting picture will perhaps look like. Then I prepared and mounted the other camera on tripod, setting it on aperture priority, zooming approximately to a location where I imagined myself posing, with spot metering and point-autofocus, targeting to the area where I guessed my head should be.
I also set camera‘s self-timer to a 2 seconds of delay, but I didn't used the shutter-release button on camera to take these self-portraits, instead I used Pixel TW-282 wireless remote device to control the camera. This is indeed a great device that I always use when I take pictures form the tripod, mainly to eliminate shake caused by shutter-release button and now it proved to be very useful also during my self-portraits session.
When everything was set, I went from behind of the camera to the front, where I struck a pose in front of the lens with my head approximately at the location where I knew point-autofocus is targeted. Then I half-pressed shutter release button on wireless remote control, autofocusing the camera where expected. After camera beeped, letting me know that everting is OK, ready and prepared, I full-pressed remote's release button to finally capture the image. Because the camera's self-timer was set to a 2 seconds of delay, it gave me some time to hide wireless remote control to my pocket, drop in on ground or otherwise get it out of a frame.
And that was pretty much it, choosing the location, setting the camera on tripod, striking a pose and pressing the shutter release button on wireless remote device and than repeat all that again and again, striking various poses and changing sceneries behind.
As I already mentioned, it was not that easy as taking portrait of someone else from behind of the camera, but sill it was kind of fun anyway. So, I hope you like my self-portrait! LOL! :)