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I have to upload a photo for work, and I am steadfastly refusing to do the typical vacant-faced smile-at-the-camera in front of a wavy single-coloured background. So I shot my own. Can you help me decide which of the three is best?

I hate photos of me, admittedly.

I need a bit of help picking which of these three I should post. This is after about 18 shots I took, my foot using the thingie you squeeze to take a shot… you know what I mean. I don’t know what it’s called. Hard to work with your foot, by the way.

The album is here: http://www.lomography.com/homes/kevinhodur/albums/1946048-up-for-a-vote

Thanks for your help. Am I the only one who hates having their picture taken but loves taking pictures?

written by kevinhodur

4 comments

  1. avola

    avola

    No certainly not .... take picture No2:-)

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  2. stratski

    stratski

    Yep, I'd say nr. 2 as well.

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  3. istionojr

    istionojr

    as the same, no.2.

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  4. asharnanae

    asharnanae

    Self portrait No.2 has the most positive feel, looks relaxed yet focused. The angle of the face and body is also more pleasing compositionally. So yep, I agree, no.2.

    And the squeezy-thingy is a 'cable release' :) and no, not so easy to use with your feet. :D

    I actually don't mind having my photo taken, though I don't generally think that many photos of me are particularly flattering, and I am consistently mostly crap at taking happy looking self portraits ( I tend to have 'look up my nose'-itus, an oddly greenish skin tone and a rather overly toothy smile ) but I am a little better at more moody/contemplative shots.

    In general terms, good portrait photography (like most photography) stems from clever use of lighting, colour and composition, But also from capturing some form of character or expression. I have invariably found that a vivid contrast or harmony of colour in the background can help to give a portrait more impact, especially if is it mirrored in accents in the foreground/subject.

    But whatever we do, self portraiture will always have is peculiar difficultly's :)

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