Why do people enjoy taking self-portraits? It could be to document a good hair day, to celebrate a special moment, or to take advantage of great lighting or background. Well, here's another reason for you shutterbugs — to help you express your creativity! We hope that you'll find these basic tips useful for your next "selfie".
Do a Double Take
Step up your analogue self-portrait game by doing double exposures. Plan out your shots thoughtfully or surprise yourself by shooting spontaneously. For best results, try textures or silhouettes so that your self-portrait will shine through!
Light It Up
Good lighting is essential for beautiful self-portraits. But it can also be used for creative purposes, so use it to paint with light, add a special detail on your photo, or capture your own silhouette.
Diptychs and Collages
If you have a half-frame camera such as a Diana Mini or a Lomo LC-Wide, you can shoot cool diptychs. You can also create a "collage" by using your smartphone to take a picture of a part of your face, just like what Lomographer cryboy did with his self-portrait below!
It's All You
Fill up the photograph with multiple exposures or shoot your self-portrait with a strobe effect. Most Lomography cameras allow multiple exposures, just switch on the "MX" button before taking your first shot. If you're going for the strobe effect, check out this tip: A Lubitel 166+ Tip: Use It With the Strobe Flash.
If you don't mind a little distortion, a pool of water can act as a creative tool for your portrait. Make sure not to get your camera wet, though (unless you're using an underwater camera) and take safety precautions!