For thousands of years, artists have used self-portraiture as a means of perfecting their technique. From ancient cavemen, to the classical masters, to Salvador Dali in the 20th century, artists have looked to self-portraiture not only to discover new aspects of their artform, but also as a means of self-discovery. Self-portrait is the artist’s most personal form of expression.
Tips: How To Take a Self-Portrait?
- Bring Something to Focus ON
- Use Both Auto and Manual Focus
- Set the Timer High and Use Burst
- Capture You
- Try Standing By a Corner
Use your imagination!
- Have Fun
It is the ultimate means of self-analysis, presenting an opportunity for self-reflection, self-expression and self-promotion. Taking on self portrait photography can be a great way to improve your skills, and practice the trade when you feel uninspired, don’t have an available model or an interesting subject. You can work yourself into poses that are just plain crazy, convey all kinds of emotions, dress up or dress down, go into the woods or just look out through the window of your living room.
Each of the photographers whose work is featured in this post has their own unique way of expressing themselves in front of the camera. Some use natural light, while others use studio lighting. Some take a more natural approach to post-processing, whereas others take a more conceptual route. Whether you consider yourself an amatuer, or a full-blown artistic self-portrait photographer, these self-portraits are sure to inspire you to step in front of the lens that I’ve put together to share with you. If you have some pretty neat self portraits that you’ve taken, please feel free to link to them in the comments below for the rest of us to check out.