Some self portraits

Over the last few months I’ve amassed quite a bit of photographic lighting equipment but I don’t often get the chance to play with it.

Hana was out this evening, so I moved all the furniture aside and turned my kitchen/living area into a studio. (You can see from the last shot on this page that we don’t have a lot of room).

I set up a white muslin backdrop, lit by a hotshoe flash and blue filter. I set up a snooted and gridded key light to camera left, and a fill light with a shoot-through umbrella to camera right. There was a bit of trial and error before I got the levels right.

The camera was three or four metres away, with a Tamron 70-300mm zoom lens. My Canon 18-55mm lens wasn’t quite close enough.

Taking self-portraits with a 450D is a lot easier than with my other cameras, that require a mechanical shutter release. The Canon has an infrared remote that I held in my hand. A hundred shots later, these are the best of the bunch.

Apologies for not being at all photogenic 😉

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