Take Your Best Shot

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Have you ever had an idea for an amazing photo and the only thing missing was a model? Don’t panic, you can always use yourself. Here a re a few tips using most of Lomography's cameras!

A few years ago, whenever I saw a camera I’d always shy away and hide. I didn’t like having my photo taken, I even found it annoying. Well, all that’s changed. Because of my love of photography, recently I’ve started to get a taste for being photographed. So much so, that if no-one’s takes my photo, I do it myself. A little self-centred maybe? Yes, probably. But I like it because it gives me an excuse to dress up and let my imagination run wild. I know how to have a good time on my own. On various occasions I’ve recruited my sisters or friends to help me with an idea, but other times I just can’t wait for a model to turn up, I have to take the photo now, now, now!

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The Lomography Fisheye 2 is probably the best camera for having fun with self-portraits, alone or with friends. It’s simple, all you do is lift the camera above your head and look up (or hold it down and look down), holding it closer to or further from your face depending on how deformed you want the effect to be.

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The Diana is my favourite camera for self-portraits. I usually use the cable release, although its a bit short and sometimes I need someone to click the shutter for me.

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Self-portraits made with the Diana’s Instant Back and the splitzer are always fun.

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Last (but by no means least) a self portrait taken with my new Lomo LC-A+

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I’ve just had a thought, I’ve never taken a self-portrait with my Horizon Kompakt

Watch this space.

written by warning on 2010-12-07 in #lifestyle #self-portrait #model #portrait #yourself #cable-release #fun
translated by bensozia

22 Comments

  1. disdis
    disdis ·

    se te olvida una cosa.... hay que ser guapo para que los self portraits salgan bien ;)

  2. warning
    warning ·

    perdona, en esa doble debajo del agua estás bombón XD.
    Thanks @bensozia for translate it!!!. You´re my best "lomoainómano".

  3. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Además de estar totalmente de acuerdo con Diego ... también hay que tener imaginación para hacer lo que tú haces ... ¡¡Felicidades por este estupendo artículo!! ¡Gracias también a @bensozia!
    I´m absolutely agree with @disdis ... also it is necessary to have a great imagination to do what you do...: Congratulations for this marvelous article!! ... thansk a lot to @bensozia! in "perfect" english, like this comment ;)))

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    thanx god you're no longer shy in front of a camera! :)

  5. warning
    warning ·

    ;-)

  6. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    let's do a self potrait doubles,amiguita!

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    As @disdis pointed out, it doesn't hurt to be a sex bomb... : ) Grrrreat shots !

  8. aaronkeogh
    aaronkeogh ·

    2nd photo on the Diana Instant Back set looks like she has a mandingo in her mouth

  9. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    Yeah , it helps if your a hottie . Great shots by the way .

  10. warning
    warning ·

    @jaalvarez thank you very much my friend.
    @superlighter hahahaha
    tema @adi_totp, let´s do it!!
    @stouf guapo!
    @aaronkeogh, what the hell is a mandingo?? :D

  11. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    love it <3

  12. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    KEEP ON LOVING THE CAMERA cause I'll keep loving your self portraits !

  13. warning
    warning ·

  14. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Your pictures are always wonderful. I think my favorite one's are your self portraits. As @stouf said, It is always nice having a beautiful person, like yourself, to photograph.

  15. faridiqbal
    faridiqbal ·

    self potrait is not about beautiful person,but it is to show the personality.
    anyway this is just my opinion..good photo come from good photographer... i love your photo,i would like to follow u..bye

  16. jeson
    jeson ·

    beautiful photos.. and face..

  17. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    amazing self-portraits!
    i agree, the cable release is short. lomography should make a longer version.

  18. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    yeeeeehhhaaaa!everybody love selfpotraits !!!! beautiful photos by the way..lomo on! :)

  19. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    w00t! i love the 2nd photo with the frame! :D

  20. warning
    warning ·

    Thank you very much everybody!!!

  21. cassandra
    cassandra ·

    Beautiful photos and beautiful model! I've been inspired... :)

  22. livi
    livi ·

    just got fisheye 2 and took a whole bunch of selfportraits. I hope they turn out as awesome as yours!! :)

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