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.
I have a few images here where I was my own model using a radio release but getting sharp focus on the eyes isnt easy requires many extra shots and its difficult to control ones expression when you are trying to get it right and frustrated by failure to start with. David
You do have to fill out a Model Release for yourself if you use yourself in a photo. Just put your info into both the model section AND the photographer section of the Model Release. Have a witness to sign off as the witness on the Model Release too. That's all there is to it!
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