Using the long lens to make epic self-portraits is both fun and fascinating. In this video, I will share all my techniques for obtaining these extreme perspectives.
As a professional landscape photographer, I often travel on my own, and if I want to take a portrait photo of myself or use myself as a scale in the landscape, I use this technique. I wanted to show this in an epic landscape, but as I am stuck in Denmark due to the coronavirus, I had to think outside of the box. I decided instead to take the drive down to the most massive structure I could think of in Denmark: The Great Belt Bridge (DK: Storebæltbroen). In the video, I share my techniques to photograph these epic perspectives. In this particular case and in most cases, you need a telephoto lens. I use my 100-400 mm and occasionally the 2x extender to get the photo, but in certain situations, you can make do with a standard zoom. It depends on the scene. I also show how I prefer to pose in these scenes. I think it is essential to have a proper pose if you decide to include yourself in a landscape. When you are tiny, the posture of your body is the only thing that signals how you engage with the view. If you stand with the hands in the pockets, it can quickly come off as if you do not want to be there.
It is also important to mention that relative to where you live, you should probably bring a friend to hit the shutter. You do not want to leave your camera behind in sketchy locations.
Check out the video above, and let me know if you learned something.