As another weekend approaches, another great photo idea pops into my mind. Only problem is, I need someone to model for this shot. Nobody is available, though. And that ad I've been meaning to put up on Craig's List didn't happen again this week. Ugh! What to do? Got it! I'll use my remote clicker and tripod and get in front of the camera myself. I'm not the best looking model, but a lot of the time buyers are looking for average people.
The best $30 I ever spent was on my remote clicker. Set your camera to click the shutter release 2 seconds after you click the remote. This gives you time to press the release and then reposition your hands so the remote is not visible.
And a grey card is a must have item, as well. This will allow you to meter on the card, which quite accurately represents skin tone. Every time I meter off of my grey card and then shoot myself, I get good exposure. And if your camera has bracketing capabilities, even better! Meter off the grey card, then set your bracketing up to shoot the second shot slightly under exposed and the third shot slightly over exposed. One of those shots is going to nail the exposure perfectly.
The only other thing you need is a tripod. Attach your camera to it, frame up your shot area and you're good to go.
And of course, don't forget to set your camera/lens to auto focus. This will allow you to move around a bit and still get a sharp image.
So don't ever let your great ideas get put on the shelf because you don't have a model to work with. Check the mirror! You've got a willing model staring you right in the face. Have a blast!