This morning before setting off for the library to study, I suddenly felt like taking a shot of myself. My previous self-portrait was kind of crappy so I needed something more, erm, decent. Besides, I haven't got many chances to try out my Canon EF 50mm F1.4. What could be a better subject, if not, me?
I managed to hastily make out some space in my crammed room, set up the camera and shot away. I have no idea how much time I spent on this; I don't want to know. But anyways, this is the final result, after some post-processing on Photoshop CS3.
Even at an aperture of F2.8, the lens did a good job of blurring out the background. It was just a white wallpaper anyway. Still, I had to remove a partial shadow cast by the bookshelf nearby. Things would be so much better if I could dedicate part of the room for photo shooting. But unfortunately, that is not the case - I'm a poor ryuugakusei, mind you.
- Duplicated the background layer and added 'gaussian blur'
- Removed the partial shadow cast by the bookshelf
- Increased 'brightness' level
- Increased 'saturation' (reds) to slightly make the photo look warmer
- Applied 'vignetting' to brighten the background