How to focus the camera when taking self portraits on film?

Here are some tips to stay in focus when taking self-portraits on film:

Use a tripod

Using a tripod instead of holding your camera or trying to balance it on other items will help you to get sharp images and keep your camera steady.

Choose a higher aperture

Although sacrificing the depth of field a little, using an aperture of at least f/5.6 or f/8 will give you a better chance of keeping yourself in focus when taking a self-portrait on film.

Use another object

A handy trick you can use is putting another object, such as a plant or a chair, in your spot, and adjusting your camera settings to focus on the object. Then simply take its spot and use your camera’s self timer, a shutter release cable, or remote shutter release to take your photo.

Use a mirror

Another classic technique is to take a self-portrait while looking in a mirror and using the reflection to focus.

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