Today I’m going to share with you some tips on how you can create some very professional looking self portraits and hopefully show you that you really don’t need fancy equipment to create amazing shots! A disclaimer here, I’m not a professional photographer, and I do not have professional equipment and because I live alone and I’m single I have no one else to take photos of me so I have to resort to a little bit of creativity with some junk. Okay la, they’re not really junk but their super super old. Not the latest tech products. I’ve got fancy flash, which doubles up as my light. Oh my god, battery not charged. I have a really old banged up Canon EOS M2 I dropped this baby a few times Can you see the screen crack? The body is a bit warped functions a bit wonky and then this is my editing tool, the iPhone To take a good photo lighting is very very very important and my favorite source of light is sunlight and that’s why my bedroom is really the best space. I kind of design my room in a way where I can use it also at the photo studio. The wall’s done up in concrete and I left my windows blind free. For self-portraits, I like to kind of thing outside of the box. Okay so my first shot I’m just going to be at the bottom part of the frame so I had a lot of head space As you can see in this photo I use space decorate my photo and make the framing very interesting so you don’t always need to have props I’m going to let my hair down and with my hair dryer I’m going to create like a nice whimsical hair in the wind effect and for lights, I have the super fabulous old natural sun. First things first, I am going to move the mannequin into frame. This is what I use to frame my shots It’s a lot trial and error. And I lock the focus Fake humans are the best because they’re always available. The next step happens really really quickly This is already set on a 10 second timer mode Oh my god! So I have literally 10 seconds to get into position and put on the hairdryer to blow my hair. Kay let’s see. Kay let’s see. Somewhat there, I need to just bring the fucking hairdryer lower. It’s very hot. I know I look very cool in it but my hairdryer is only set to hot air so I literally was sweating as I was running and getting hair blown. Ok, this is too low. What’s wrong so far is my framing. This one not bad but the hair flying not nice. The hair is blowing quite nicely here but the face look like cow. So embarrassing this is usually a private thing now you have to see it. I can’t really see what’s going on in the screen so I have to keep doing this a few times and sometimes you can take up to half an hour, 40 minutes for that one perfect shot The hair has to blow well, the face has to look good la. Oh, my god! I think I might have it Cool except this for this stray hair I can edit this one out. Okay! Got it For self-portraits right, you don’t always have to look into the camera, you can always do a profile shot. For this shot I’m going to face into the light I always find that whenever you face the light you always get a very beautiful glow on your face I try to arch my back as much as I can cause it’s a side profile you want to see a nice silhouette okay, let’s see Arms too high, to straight. So I want a gentle feel So I’m just going to try to relax my arms. Ok, swee Ooooh! Nearly there. Face is quite on point! Holy shit, I’m in love with myself. Okay, I need to just fucking work on the hand. I think I got my position. You got to love yourself to do this if not you’ll forever think you’re ugly and you will shoot for eight hours. Ok, yeah. Got it I like the face. Look at the light in the eyes! Oh my god! It’s so gorgeous So yeah I’m very happy with this shot because the arms look nice and relaxed I’m going to crop out the window and do a bit of editing to push the back you know, in. Obviously a very arched back is very sexy but when you’re old… but when you’re older and not so flexible you use photoshop to help you achieve that arch and a software I use for editing is adobe photoshop mix and i do everything on my iPhone. For this shot i am going to be using a mirror and backlight I like the backlight shot because it achieves a very dreamy effect. So you basically face your back to the light prop up a mirror against the wall when you’re shooting on your own this is great because I can see from the reflection of the mirror where the focus should be I can fix my face before I pose and now I whip up a really solid prop this is my only professional prop, it’s given to me as a christmas present by my friend sue because she saw how i struggle with self-portraits. So i’m going to try to use a reflector the bounce off some light that’s behind me so my face doesn’t look too dark. Okay this is without the reflector Very flat. I can give it some dimension with the reflector I want my hair to be big for this as well The messy bed head look ’cause light filters through, so you see a lot of texture. Should I just move back a little bit? Then I can use my bed to help me. Yeah Nice! Got it. Reflector makes a huge difference. This is the shot without a reflector It’s nice and dreamy and I guess you can treat it in photoshop and make the front – the face looks brighter but your job is so much easier to use a reflector Look at this. Diva. Goddess. You get more definition in the face. So if you don’t have a reflector you can use like a styrofoam board or some big white board. So this just kind of gives you somewhere good to start photoshopping from Now that’s it! I hope this inspired you to be more creative when taking self-portraits If you ever do try any of the self-portraits using my methods I would love to see how your photos turn out. Please tag me on Instagram. I’m @heyrozz, R-O-Z-Z If you’d like to see more of my self-portraits you can check out my Instagram the hashtag is #rozzselfportrait and I’ll be willing to share with you how i create all those shots I’m not stingy that way Alright that’s it for this episode! If you like what you see, please subscribe and don’t forget to download the Clicknetwork app so you can watch episodes up to a month before they hit YouTube. And also follow us on socials. That’s it! My name is Rozz, bye.