Self-portrait photography, or the art of capturing your own image, is not only a great photography genre but also a way of practice for budding photographers. It is definitely not as easy as it sounds, and you need to develop specific skills to master it. But the good news is, you can start clicking great self-portraits from day one by avoiding the common mistakes that other photographers make. In this article, you will find a list of the top 4 such mistakes in detail. So, without wasting time, let us see what those are.
Top 4 Self-Portrait Photography Mistakes You Should Avoid
Not Being Experimental Enough
It is highly addictive to stick to the expressions and angles that suit you the most, each time you click a self-portrait. But it will be a grave mistake. If you do not experiment with various angles and poses, you cannot grow. Experimenting lets you find creative solutions to problems that help you throughout your journey as a photographer. Also, keeping the same pose, direction and angle will make your photographs look monotonous, no matter how fascinating they are. Sometimes, being uncomfortable is good as it makes you stronger. So, try to get out of your comfort zone and click yourself in a completely new way.
Always Shooting In Manual Mode
As a photographer, you must be habituated to shooting in manual mode, aren't you? But controlling focus for every shot can give you a headache in self-portrait photography. So, turn the autofocus feature on, so that you can focus fully on modeling, and not get interrupted for changing the focus. If you do not have a remote, go for the self-timer. You can also buy one, as it comes cheap, and is long-lasting too.
Not Using Artificial Light
Most photographers make the mistake of shooting ONLY in natural light when it comes to self-portrait photography. They avoid artificial light because of its harshness. But it takes away the opportunity to click great photos with this light. You just need to master the art of using artificial light in the right way. By doing that, you get a huge scope to experiment with shadows, colors, and intensities of light. It is not a good habit to be totally reliant on natural light. This practice of shooting in artificial light will help you in shooting other types of photographs too.
Trying Hard To Pose 'Perfectly'
As you are not a professional model, you might get tired of posing after a few shots. It's not even necessary to pose for each of the shots. The more spontaneous you look, the better. You need to understand that these photos are clicked for your improvement, and not for selling or exhibiting. So, be free to exercise your creative license fully. Do not get sad if the outcome is not as good as you expected because no one is there to judge you. Who knows, you can get a great idea while just casually clicking yourself. To make your photographs look stunning, you can even put the self-timer on and get busy doing something you enjoy. The candid photos will turn out to be more eye-catching than planned photos where you desperately try to look perfect.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.