Monday, 24 August 2009
Even a Supermodel Needs a Rest
Not a very sharp one but I couldn't step down more than this because of the lightings. Man, cam-whoring in the middle of the night is tiring! Especially when you've been sleeping before eleven for the last five days! Taking your self portrait means you're doing both the photographer's and the model's job. It's twice as demanding as typical photography.
Earlier that day, I was browsing through Dustin Diaz's photostream on Flickr. As much as I'm inspired by his fantastic self-portraits, I'm also aware that they aren't what I can possibly achieve without the fancy props.
But, hey, improvisation, dude. And lots of patience!
Undoubtedly, it calls for manual mode. After taking a few trial shots, the aperture settings and shutter speed were decided. Then, placing my broken tripod at the shooting spot, I set the focus on it and switched the camera to manual focus. The room lights were turned off and the kitchen lights were used instead as the illumination.
Finally, all it takes is to walk over and snap, snap, check.
Unless you're both a pro-photographer with fancy props and a supermodel with photogenic looks, it's probably going to take more than a few shots to get a decent one with a sharp focus. For ugly amateurs like me, it can be pretty painstaking.
Now I know what I want for my birthday: A studio, strobists and supermodels!
Five feet seven inches tall. A member of a carbon-based bipedal life form descended from an ape.
He believes the cosmos has grand plans for him but whatever his calling is, it has not yet been revealed to him. So in the meantime, he spends the day working as a software developer, and whatever free time that is left, reading books. He attempted reading the bible a couple of times but could not as much as finish the first chapter of Genesis. He will continue again, one day.
He loves his camera as much as he loves his books. He picked up photography when he was studying in Japan. But now that he has started working, he can no longer spend as much time for photography as he used to. He is making a small amount of side income from his hobby and hopes to spend more time shooting again.
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