Last weekend I came across a blog post by Eric Kim that caught my attention. The title “5 simple Tips How to Take Better Pictures” made me click almost immediately. It is worth reading if you are into photography. On this post he “challenges” the reader to take a selfie a day for a week!
Eric says “The more comfortable you are photographing yourself, the more comfortable you will to photograph others. Why? You will overcome your own self-consciousness, feel more confidence in photographing yourself, and therefore transmit that confidence to your subjects. Once you honor your selfie, you will be able to honor your subjects.“.
It made sense to me so I gave it a try! Honestly I didn’t think it would be that much of a challenge. I was wrong. Even though it is suggested we can take the selfies with any camera I only used my new camera. As I didn’t want to take my camera out just to take selfies this meant that for most of the days I had no daylight. Damn the UK super short “Winter” days.
The good thing was that I had to get creative with light to try and keep the selfies a little interesting. In the process I found flash photography can be a lot of fun and deliver cool results.
Some days I did not want to pick up the camera. I did not want to bother thinking about it or felt “too ugly” to be in front of the camera after a long day at work. Still, I did it. Every day, for seven days.
Yesterday I took the last selfie of the week and edited a bunch of them. It was a lot of work but I am glad I did it. I am adding them here with a little description for each of them to proper share this experiment with you. Hope you enjoy it!
All the pictures taken were edited in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop. The camera used was the Canon EOS 200D with the kit lens. I have added my favourite day of selfies to my Portfolio here.