When working with a model, you are in charge of the look, the feel, and the pose. It is no different for a self portrait.
You'll want to plan out what you are wearing and how to style yourself. Will you be applying make up? Styling your hair?
You'll also want to figure out what type of self portrait you are going for. A professional head shot? A humorous shot? An insight to your personality? How will you portray you in your self portrait?
How will you pose yourself? What angles look best for you, and how will you work your body to send the message you want to send?
Make sure all of the decisions you make are working towards you being successful in portraying yourself the way you want to, and make sure that all the decisions are helping you achieve the perception you want to achieve so that the same message is being sent to a majority of your viewers.
Know Your Nikon
Have you thought about how you are going to accomplish your self portrait?
What equipment will you be using? Will you need studio lighting to accomplish your vision? Will you need to set your camera up on a timer? Use a tripod?
Do you know, roughly, what settings you will need to use on your camera to make your vision come true?
Start setting up an area where you will be shooting your photograph and test the waters. Is what you are doing helping you get to your final image? If not, how are you going to adjust your settings, in camera and out of camera, to get to your final image?
It's best to think of these things ahead of time, that way when the time comes to shoot your image, you are completely prepared and stress-free.
Self portraits are often difficult for the person having to do one. We tend to be so picky about how we look and how we portray ourselves, that doing a self portrait becomes an ongoing struggle to correctly represent ourselves.
To help us get an idea on how to represent our own selves, let's look at some self portraits by the masters:
#Triangle. The three heads of the dandelion, one yet to bloom, create a triangle of focus for the viewer.
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