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You Too can Take Self Portrait Photos

Photo taken with cheap camera and untouched, only cropped!

Photo taken with cheap camera and untouched, only cropped!

I am currently writing another book! I am making various versions, for instance, I am making one version specifically for scrapbookers!

The book is about how you can take a self portrait photograph in the comfort and, most importantly, privacy of your own home, with little equipment.

I believe it is important for people to have and, if possible, be proud of (or at least pleased with) a photograph of themselves.

And why is that important for scrapbookers you may ask?… well a lot of scrappers have children which would enjoy seeing photographs of their mum, they won’t care what the photos looks like, but mum does, so she always shys away from cameras?  Sooooooooooo many people do, especially women.  But scrapbookers spend their life  scrapbooking what happens to other people (ie their children/relatives) but have trouble scrapbooking themselves and this is often because of their lack of decent photos of themselves that they would wish to share with others. 

Well with my up coming book, showing step by step instructions, you will be able to take photos of yourself in private, so there is no need for embarassment, and you can keep going until you have a picture that you like.

Take this photograph as an example. I took it today with my daughter’s camera. (We spent all of £29 on a little digital camera for her – a proper one, but for £29 it’s no Fuji or Canon I can tell you – but it was better than the toy ones for resulting pictures!)

Anyway… quite often this camera (as with most really cheap cameras) has real trouble with over exposing things as it can’t cope with strong contrasts and the end result can be useless. However, this self portrait is very over exposed, but it works! It can take quite a bit of fiddling in a photo editing programme to get the same effect – an effect often used in magazines!

I have not edited this photograph at all, I have merely cropped in tight to discard the background (which happened to be my very messy craft room as I was in the middle of a scrapbooking page this afternoon!)

Now in case you are thinking that the “bleached out” look isn’t to your taste, let me just tell you that I had no make-up on at the time, apart from some lipstick! And although I would love to say my complexion is glowing at all times, sadly it is not. The bleached out (overexposed) effect of the photograph is flattering in that it has belached out all imperfections of my skin! A real bonus if you are unhappy with your complexion for whatever temporary, or permanent reason.

So even with a Really cheap digital camera, half way decent photos can be achieved almost “by mistake”!

Watch this space for more news on the Self Portrait Photography book.

[I have posted a similar blog post to this one on the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com blog]

3 comments to You Too can Take Self Portrait Photos

  • janice ponto

    the photo of you(self) is awesome!how do you set up your camera to do this? i just hate having my picture taken and would love to do this!

  • No setting up involved… just a point and shoot with a cheap digital camera. Make sure you are positioned in front of as much light as possible, ie a bright window (for natural colours) and just snap away! Take loads, leave the camera on it’s auto setting and just hold it at arms length! Even a decent camera phone would suffice!
    My book reveals more details as to how to make the most of yourself, it will be on sale as soon as I have finished it… currently amidst building work for my new venture – A Tearoom!

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