I’ve gotten a few enquiries on how I manage to be both in front and behind the camera for my self portraits. An excellent question and one I am still trying to figure out for myself.
The general drill:
First, I must find a willing accomplice. See also: Mom.
I position my camera, adjust the settings, and tripod it (if possible, which unfortunately was not here) so all my partner has to do is essentially be the button pusher, just making sure the camera remains focused on me as I move.
I’ll then snap a few shots to get an idea of what it will look like when our roles are reversed and to see where I need to be in relation to the frame.
I’ll also take a few test shots beforehand to get an idea of the kinds of restrictions I’ll have on my movements. And as you can see from the shot below, we are working in very glamorous conditions in the back yard.
And we’re having our play time all the while Daddio is deafening our ears, sanding the deck.
After a few rounds of shooting and reviewing, shooting and reviewing, I settle on my favorite and get to work.
The edited version… Although it seemed to be missing that hazy vintage atmosphere that I was trying to create. That’s when I head to my textures folder and commence with the layering.
http://dyingbeautystock.deviantart.com/ — free high-res bokeh textures that I use on a regular basis. I warmed the tones for my piece.
Aaaand some vintage wall paper overlayed as well. You can find more of these great textures at lostandtaken.com.
And the finished piece (!) :