I've always been obsessed with high-contrast, black and white portraits, so I set up my camera on a tripod with a timer and used my bedroom window for light. It's always so cool to see what a black backdrop with a single light source will produce. Tip: To make sure your camera has a good focus on the subject, use a prop to stand in while you focus your camera in Manual Focus mode, then move the prop out of the way. That way, you will be in focus when you go to take your self-portrait. Without a prop on a dark background, your camera will not have anything to focus on and your picture will end up out of focus. I also like to shoot these photos in Monochrome mode on the camera, so that I can preview the black and white image while I am shooting. It gives me a better sense of how the lighting and shadows will look in the end product. It is also best when shooting portraits to make sure your ISO is as low as possible to give your subject as much clarity as you can. Nothing ruins a portrait faster than too much noise in the photo!
Sidenote: This type of photo is also great if you haven't washed your hair in days (Thank you, Lord, for Dry Shampoo!) and haven't fixed your makeup, because... life with a toddler! lol
100mm Macro Lens, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 320. Post-Processing in Lightroom.
Student Work Samples:
When not taking photos of family and friends or traveling around the world, I can be found in my classroom at Eagle Peak Middle School! Teaching has always been my passion and it is amazing being able to share my passion for photography and design with my students.