How to Create Great Self Portraits While at Home

While stuck at home, self portraits are a great way to practice photography and editing. So watch this video by a grand master of those two thing, Brooke Shaden, for some insight and a glance at her workflow.

I came across Brooke Shaden some years back now, and I loved her portraiture. I didn't realize that a lot of work is self portraits, and just enjoyed the creativity and fine art style editing. Her heavy-handed retouching puts a lot of people off — and while I get that — I would consider her as much an artist as a photographer with an incredible eye for visuals. It's as if she has a strong background in art history and a lot of her images resemble renaissance paintings to my (very) untrained eye.

In this video Shaden goes through the whole process of her image creation which was recently featured by Sony. Self portraits are something I've always struggled to find the motivation to do, as I like being the business side of the camera, but perhaps it's one for this enforced isolation. Have you taken self portraits? Do you have any tips for me?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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Always a pleasure to watch Brooke Shaden at work.
Thanks voor this great post!

you may try the Sony
PlayMemories Camera App > Smart Remote Control
WYSIWYG on your handy and control focus and shooting.

I plan on taking some self-portraits, but with a film camera. Currently do not own a digital camera body. I hope it works out well. Thank you for sharing this!