The Art of Self-Portraiture

The Art of Self-Portraiture

Today I’m excited to announce a brand new dPS eBook – The Art of Self-Portraiture.

Self Portraits.jpgI was recently asked by a friend to name the period in my life where I improved most as a photographer. My mind immediately went back to a period as a young adult when family and friends would comment regularly about how much my portrait photography had improved.

It was also around this time that I started getting friends ask me to photograph them, their parties and even their weddings.

What was the Secret to My Photography’s Improvement?

There were a number of factors that were at play but the main one was that I turned the camera around and started to practice my portrait photography by photographing myself.

  • Self-Portraiture gave me the avenue to practice my portrait photography without having to convince a friend or family member to pose for me.
  • Self-Portraiture enabled me to experiment with techniques, posing and composition
  • Self-Portraiture helped me to grow in my confidence as a photographer
  • Self-Portraiture was also a lot of fun and helped me to find new ways to express myself to family and friends.

The Art of Self-Portraiture

Discovering self-portraiture was a big part of my own development as a photographer and for this reason I was really intrigued when I came across self-portrait photographer Anna Gay and excited when she agreed to write a an eBook with us – The Art of Self-Portraiture.

Anna is known to many dPS readers for her guest posts on dPS and for her work as a 365 project photographer on Flickr where she’s posted literally hundreds (if not thousands) of self portraits and in this eBook she takes the knowledge gained from honing her own work and puts it into simple and easy to apply tips for the rest of us to gain from.

She also provides some beautiful imagery from her own portfolio and that of other self-portrait photographers to both illustrate her teaching and inspire those who see them to explore their own work.

Get more information on what the eBook includes here or buy it directly for just $19.99 USD from the button below.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Jeremiah November 8, 2011 04:07 am

    I think I would have some difficulty with self-portraiture because I really don't like viewing myself as the subject. I can see how it could improve ones overall skills as it allow limitless opportunities of testing new techniques. I guess what some would view as self-absorbed others would vies as an opportunity.

  • malone August 5, 2011 05:19 pm

    i ordered the ebook and paid with paypal. where do i get the download? it is not in my email...???

  • Patrick M. Kelly July 23, 2011 07:34 am

    Apologies if this is not to correct forum in which to ask a question. I am interested in this eBook, but do not see any information about its format. Is it contained in a PDF file? An executable of some sort? Compatible with iBooks or other readers? Thanks!

  • Craig Cacchioli June 23, 2011 04:44 am

    Sounds like this could be an interesting read. With a baby on the way, self-portraits could be an important addition to the album.

  • Lynne June 20, 2011 06:56 am

    A great ebook with tons of tips on self-portraiture from the lovely and very talented photographer Anna Gay. Just ordered the IR remote to get me started.

  • faheem June 5, 2011 07:13 am

    Very nice post. I use Canon SLR but could never get a nice shot.

  • Alain June 5, 2011 03:34 am

    Self portraits are the best way to test new techniques but also the most frustrating. Expect wrong composition & bad focus for a lot of pictures if you are shooting with your lens wide open!

  • Bryan June 4, 2011 07:30 am

    i'm never happy with my self portraits but i guess that just means i need to practice more?

  • Rox May 30, 2011 01:19 am

    I have lots of self-portraits hidden on my computer and already posted some of it on to Facebook. Yeah, people may find me so vain but I really enjoy it. There are times that I was really happy with my own self-portraits especially if you took it with a nice lights surrounding you. Well, I guess it's better to post some of it on my photography blog. ^_^ Fotografi Rox

  • CJAYJR May 21, 2011 03:26 am

    I became a fan of self-portraiture photography some years ago when I asked my wife to come and take a picture of me and she didn't come right away, so I took my own photo. I've learned the one thing I think is real important about self-portraiture photograpy and that is to be aware of your surroundings - especially what's behind you! I've taken photos of myself, me & my wife and us with someone else just by holding the camera out in front of us and snapping the shot. I've even taken shots of us walking in the park and fishing and various other times when there was no one around to do it for us. I use the burst mode a lot of times and various angles which have produced some really great shots. Being and older person sometimes my hand will shake but most of the time the shots turn out just fine. Matter of fact when I bought my last point-and-shoot camera I made sure it would fit in my hand nicely so I could take self-portraiture shots. You learn to make do with what you got - long arms!

  • Matt Wood May 21, 2011 02:36 am

    This is my start of self portrait shots with strobist influence for my 365 challenge....

  • Megan May 20, 2011 11:14 pm

    Looking forward to reading the book, but it doesn't work on my android tablet. All the pictures are missing!!
    Still a good purchase, just disapointing as I planned on reading it while traveling this weekend.

  • Alfee May 20, 2011 04:24 am

    At first glance, it seems kinda vain to be doing self-portraiture. After all, photographers normally prefer to remain behind the camera, no?

    I have to get a photo of myself to apply for a new passport. So does that entail self-portraiture? :-)

  • Pedro Mendes May 20, 2011 01:24 am

    I've never been much of a fan of self-portraits (of myself I mean), but this book sure motivated me to start doing it. It's so well written, with many useful tips. Self-portraits are sure something I'm getting into soon.
    My review of the book, if you're interested, is at

  • Matts May 20, 2011 12:19 am

    I am a big fan of Anna's photography. To be honest, I think that young attractive females have a tremendous advantage in the area of self-portrature. I mean, really, how many photos of a 50 year-old average look male do people want to look at? LOL.

  • DanielCC May 19, 2011 03:21 pm

    Hi, I'm a young photographer in the making, I've experimented selfportraiture and I would like to get advices etc. I can't buy the book now for many reasons but it certainly looks great

    here's a link to a set of self portriats I uploaded on flickr

  • album boom May 18, 2011 10:39 pm

    like this one a lot Darren :)

  • Martin May 18, 2011 10:02 am

    I've been following Anna's flickr stream for a while, and have really enjoyed her photos.
    Self-portrait photography is something I've been meaning to focus on for a while (pardon the pun), and Anna's book provides plenty of information, ideas and inspiration for me to get started!

  • Scott E. Detweiler May 18, 2011 05:22 am

    I love Anna's stream on Flickr and have been a fan for a long time. Wonderful to see her using her talents to make some cash, and I will buy it just to support her.

  • mike May 18, 2011 03:07 am

    Done and done.

    I've never been a big fan of self-portraiture (mostly because I suck at it), but I'd been meaning to get more into it because I've been experimenting with lighting a lot lately and it always feels like I'm putting people out when I ask them to sit and model while I futz with lighting rigs.

    Uploading it to my iPad now. Can't wait to give it a read.