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Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a narcissist, maybe it’s because of my old compulsion to document everything (you can read more about that here) or maybe because I have no one else taking my picture but I really like self portraits.
Photo above by: [phil h] | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
I like to take them and I enjoy looking at other people’s too. Creative people always take the best self portraits.
Photo above by: ex.libris | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
To take a good self portrait you have to be comfortable with your camera and with yourself. To do that you need to take a lot of them. Just pick up your camera and point it at yourself or at any reflecting surface and then SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT!
Photo above by: Hrabina von Tup Tup | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
You can also use a tripod and a timer for a more polished portrait.
Try different camera angles (above your head, at eye level, etc.) different facial expressions (silly ones will make you laugh and you can just erase them later if you don’t like them), strange places, with your friends, different reflective surfaces, etc..
Photo above by: Thomas Hawk | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Photo above by: Helga Weber | License: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Express your mood. Say something about yourself with it. Have fun.