Anna Gay's Picks for Self Portrait Challenge #2: EXPERIMENT WITH LIGHT

Anna Gay’s Picks for Self Portrait Challenge #2: EXPERIMENT WITH LIGHT

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Today’s post is part of dPS’s Self Portrait Challenge – learn more about what it is, how you can be involved and how you can get a free gift for participating here.

After seeing all of the amazing shots that everyone submitted for the first self-portrait challenge, I was really looking forward to the lighting challenge, and all of you should be very proud of yourselves, because you submitted some really excellent work! It was great to see everyone trying lighting that is a little bit out of the norm (for example, SarahBob’s flash-in-the-mouth technique was a new one on me) and also using some classic lighting setups for your self-portraits.

Here are my 3 picks for the second challenge:

Miguel

If you look closely, you can actually see the reflection of the lighter in his glasses, which adds a whole new element of interest to the shot. The aperture here is f/4, so I’m assuming that the lighter was the only light source, which is a genius idea, and gives the shot a mysterious feeling. This is a great example of using a different approach to lighting that involves an every day object that we may not immediately think of as a light source.

Tina

Doing laundry has never looked so fun! The thing that really strikes me about this image is the shadows from the fabric hanging on the line, and how they add to the composition of the photo by framing Tina. She also did a masterful job of using her pose to coordinate with the lines of the shadows and fabric. In some cases, such as this one, you may find that posing yourself in order to fit the lighting of a situation can be visually interesting and different, rather than trying to force the light to do what you want.

Nachiket

This is a beautiful example of using light to tell a story because we cannot help but wonder what is on the other side of the blinds. There is something to be said for minimal use of light – it can create a dramatic effect by eliminating certain elements that may become distracting, and helps the viewer focus on the story at hand.

Once again, you all did a fabulous job with this challenge! Lighting is arguably the most important element of any type of photography, but with self-portraiture, especially, it can help you reveal something about yourself, or even tell a short story that you have concocted in your imagination.

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Anna Gay is a portrait photographer based just outside of Atlanta, GA. She is also the author of the dPS ebook The Art Of Self Portraiture

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  • sreeram May 17, 2011 01:29 am

    self portrait with lights :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34048470@N03/5726906756/in/photostream

    sharing the pic for some feedback so that i can learn photography

  • F-64 stopper May 14, 2011 04:20 pm

    Hotel room blinds. Scared and suspicious. It is not very convincing as a "whats on the other side piece" vs the literal message portrayed. Great use of natural light though, but learn to visually read.

  • Leah May 14, 2011 11:37 am

    great picks (:

  • Ed May 14, 2011 07:37 am

    happy playing angry birds :)

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  • Maricel May 14, 2011 05:15 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62614728@N08/5716237223/

  • Maricel May 14, 2011 05:14 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/62614728@N08/5716237223/' title='light' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2079/5716237223_f439452e7d.jpg']

  • manpreet May 14, 2011 12:59 am

  • Bryce May 13, 2011 01:49 pm

    I was just now going to submit mine, but I was too late. :| That makes two of us :) although your inability to submit yours was no fault of your own.

  • Maite May 13, 2011 12:59 pm

    Hi! I was unable to leave my link to the shot or even a comment :( I trd three times and nothing... Was there a problem with the web page or server?

  • Anna-Elizabeth May 13, 2011 11:33 am

    SarahBob is my business partner! How exciting she juked you out of your shoes with her flash in mouth trick!

  • Lynda May 13, 2011 07:58 am

    These are some inspirational shots! I'm enjoying the challenge and browsing through everyone's submissions immensely! Thanks!

  • Miguel May 13, 2011 04:46 am

    epic fail there.... :P
    http://www.facebook.com/migueldasilvaphotography
    Thanks again!!!