Week two of my self portrait quest, and I’m already feeling “challenged”. I guess that’s the point.
First thing I’ve learned, it’s hard. If you don’t believe me, try it. Getting some random idea at midnight; tearing apart your living room to make room for a studio; setting up lighting gear, seamless background, tripods etc; trying not to feel ridiculous while taking a picture of yourself at 1 AM in your living room; feeling ridiculous anyways; it’s hard! But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed challenging and pushing myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do.
Recently, I purchased an Lastolite Ezybox Softbox for my SB-900 flash. This thing is awesome. I love it. Previously, I had just used a shoot-through umbrella. The thing with an umbrella is, it’s like a grenade of light. Light goes everywhere. It’s gorgeous light, but it goes everyone. Not a TON of control. With this soft box, I can create dramatic directional light. I can control it. I’ve just started experimenting with it, but so far I LOVE it!
I wanted this self portrait to be very dark. Harsh shadows. Moody. So here it is:
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To see all the shots that didn’t quite make it, and to see my setup, check out my Facebook page here.