Monday, July 18, 2011

How to: self-portraits


Top & Undershirt: Target, Belt & Watch: Francesca's Collection, Necklace: IHOD, Jeans: Buckle, Shoes: Palis Royal

I'm just sharing all kinds of goodies this week. No need to thank me. But if you really want to get me something there is ONE thing. Ok, so that's actually two things, but who's counting? And, if you missed my little HTML tutorial over the weekend go here.

Now. On to more important things.

So, you want some great fashion shots, do ya? Do ya?! Ones that looks like someone else took your picture and not some out-of-focus crap shots that you managed to take yourself? 

Well, yesterday before I set out to do my errands I snapped a few pictures. Guess what? They were crap! Literally. My face was all out of focus, and the depth of field was ridiculous. 

After a few moments of heightened frustration and cursing at the street, I tried a new approach, and then apologized to the street. I set my camera on the setting I wanted, found the position and distance where I wanted to stand, pressed the shutter half-way down to focus on the tri-pod, then switched the camera to Manual. Be sure to set your self timer too!

It doesn't matter what you're focusing on just as long as the distance is the same wherever the camera is at. Just be sure that your aperture is not on the lowest setting, otherwise you'll have blur issues.  

And the results... Should I break the news to Brandon?

29 comments:

  1. You are really good at these Alisha! Thanks for the tips! and yay we have the same necklace - twins!

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  2. Thanks for the tip! Maybe I'll give this a try! By the way, LOVE that last pic of you! You have the best smile and pink looks so good on you! :)

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  3. They look great! I wonder what your neighbours think when they see you out in the middle of the road like that, haha!

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  4. Love the belt! I love cinching belts

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  5. You really do look sassy! Selfies can be a challenge. I've learned a few tricks over the past few months, but tricky.

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  6. Tricky tricky! ;) The self taken photos are great... don't tell you husband, he might feel replaced by the tripod. hehe I love that belt over your hot pink shirt. Your necklace and watch are great too.

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  7. You are getting great at posing and modeling! :) Love the belt!

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  8. These look really awesome! I could see these being in a magazine, great job :) And love the outfit!

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  9. Ow Ow!! CUTE! I always wondered who was behind the camera on fashion blogs. LOVE that watch! <3

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  10. love this! you're so real.... letting us know the 'behind the scenes'. I wonder if all fashion bloggers do this... hmmm

    have a good day, Alisha!
    xo
    L

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  11. You are so cute!! Great tips...looks like the hubby is no longer needed!

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  12. i love that outfit of course, and you took pictures WITHOUT your hubbs? uh oh...

    the reason i don't do more fashion shots is because i have no one to take my picture, i get off work at 3pm and by the time i shower and get ready i realize 1-no one is home until 10pm to take my picture and 2-it's already dark outside..

    BUT, seeing that you have a tripod reminded me that i have one of those small backpacking tripods that you can wrap around tree branches, it's too small for our fancy nikon dslr whatever but it might work with my little nikon coolpix

    you're a genius, all the time.

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  13. Great pictures! I wish I was brave enough to have photo shoots with myself outside, but I'm definitely not comfortable enough in front of the camera. And I would feel silly.

    Have you told us where you got those shoes? I absolutely love them!

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  14. i am going to try this ... maybe! gotta find a place in my community where there aren't people laughing at me! thanks for the tip.

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  15. i love your simple outfit :) you look gorgeous in your photos :) Anyway thank you for the lovely comment you left my blog with :) I really appreciate it :) :) i'm following you now hope you follow me too :)

    http://lovelybulatao.blogspot.com

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  16. Fab! Great tips, thanks because I am hopeless at this.
    Love your shoes and watch! :-)

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  17. You look fabulous, and this is a very handy tutorial! :)


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag

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  18. Hottie for sure! I love that last picture of you, you look so cute!

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  19. Wow. I wish I could master self-portraits. Getting the focus right is tough. These look great!

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  20. cute outfit! and your hair is so so pretty!!

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  21. You look great in these photos!! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! :)

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  22. Your blog is adorable, as are you, my dear! Looks like you two have all *kinds* of fun together! Keep it comin'!

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  23. This is an excellent tip! I've always switched to the point and shoot if I'm doing self takes : )

    x
    Michelle
    www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

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  24. you are gorgeous lades and those kicks are sparkle-tastic!!! swell instructions, i need such help in those areas and you are such a natural in front of the camera. kudos! ♥

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  25. Great shots! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. excellent tip! Now if only I can brave the streets and pose by myself..

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  27. thanks for the tips, i'm (and my readers) are kinda sick of my mirror shoots!!! time to dig out the camera manual!

    www.simplystylishmom.com

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  28. This is great. I always take my own portraits using the self timer. It sure beats having to bother anyone to come and take them for me! And they turn out pretty well obviously. You look great. Tell the hubby you no longer need him. Let us know what his reaction is!

    http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

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