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How I Take Photos Of Myself // Self Portrait Photography


– This video is sponsored by Fiverr. And you guys have heard me
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description that will take you to my curated store so you can see some of my favorite sellers
over there on Fiverr. Today’s been a bit of a weird day for me. It’s Thursday, which is usually the day that I film my videos on. But I just have had no motivation to film any of the videos
I already have planned. So I did what any
reasonable person would do. I asked on Twitter and Instagram what you guys wanted me to
make a video about today. And one of them really caught my eye so we’re gonna go on a little adventure. (gentle upbeat music) I’m gonna show you guys how
I shoot photos of myself. (gentle upbeat music) Much better. One of the reasons that
I bought my first camera was because I wanted to
get better photos of myself to post on social media. You quickly realize that when
you’re the one with the camera you actually end up taking
photos of other people way more than you end up
getting good photos of yourself. So along the way, I figured
out a way that works for me to take more photos of me. Hopefully this way is helpful for you. But there are a couple other ways that I’ll try to explain as I go. The way that I’ve found easiest
to take photos of myself will work with most modern cameras. And that’s to connect your camera to an app in your cell phone. Like I said, as long as you’ve
got a fairly modern camera, most of these companies are
now making some kind of an app that will connect to your camera and allow you to monitor
what you’re seeing and take the photo from your phone. That being said, most of the apps that I’ve used to try and do this are not exactly user friendly. There might be a little bit of
fighting to get it connected. You might lose some functionality
that you normally have when you’re taking photos. It’s all a bit of a game of give and take. Here’s what we’re gonna
be shooting on today. Now first things first. We’re gonna need a tripod. And that should be pretty obvious. Because if you’re not
holding the camera, who is? In this specific case,
I’m using my older tripod ’cause I’m currently using
my new one to film this. Obviously we’re gonna need the camera. I’ve got the a73 here. I guess I can take this off because I am no longer vlogging with it. I’ve switched over to the a6400 for video. So we’ve got the a73. And we’re gonna be trying out the Viltrox 85 millimeter F1.8. I have tried this on my a6500, but I haven’t tried it since
I bought a full-frame camera. Slap this guy on the tripod
and we’re ready to go. (gentle upbeat music) So first and foremost, I
like to just set up my shot and make sure that I like it. Obviously there’s some people
walking through it right now. But, that’s okay. It’s feelin’ pretty good. Maybe we could move to the left and get this centered up
a little better, though. That’s better. So this is gonna be a little
bit different on every camera. And the first way, like I said,
is to connect to the phones. So in the Sony cameras,
we’re gonna go into the menu. We’re gonna go up to the top, go over to the little world thing, and go Control with Smartphone. Turn that on. And hit connection. Now because I had previously
been connected to this phone, it automatically connected again. But there will be some
kind of a Wi-Fi password or QR code that you can scan or you can use the NFC I believe
it’s called and scan that. There’ll be a bunch of different
ways that you can connect. Like I said, in this case, because I was previously
connected, it knew to reconnect. So, as you can see here,
I’ve got mirroring displays. Interesting how different
the color is in each of them. So now that I’m connected, I’m
gonna keep an eye on my phone and I’m gonna go stand in front. So the first round is
generally just me checking to make sure that once
it gets focused on me that I still like the
composition and everything. In this case, I do think
it’s lookin’ pretty good. I like that you can still see
a little bit of the bridge. All though, maybe F1.8
is a little too blurry in the background. Let’s try F2.8. I’m gonna have to, whoops. And then I’m gonna have to
crank up my ISO a little bit to get my exposure proper. Let’s go hang out back in front again. (camera clicking) There’s the F1.8 shot and the F2.8 shot. And generally, I’m pretty
happy with how that’s looking. So now it would just be
a matter of going out in front of the camera, trying
a bunch of different poses, holding a camera or something to give it more interest in the shot. This isn’t a particularly
interesting shot inherently. But I think it’s lookin’ pretty decent. And of course because we’re
all on Instagram nowadays, let’s flip that sideways
and do a couple more. One other thing to note
is that I personally like to shoot portraits at at
least 1/100 of a second, if not 1/125 or more. The reason for that is because all of the little tiny movements
that your model is making are going to affect
how sharp your shot is. So if you’re looking to
get sharper portraits, make sure you’re shooting at
a fast enough shutter speed. I am losin’ my light real fast. But before I get onto
telling you an alternate way that you can also take photos of yourself, I wanna talk about today’s sponsor. So you’ve taken a bunch
of photos of yourself, maybe you’ve made some presets, you wanna put ’em up on your website but you don’t know how to build a website, you need to make a logo. You gotta do all sorts of
stuff to get this stuff out there on the internet. And you might not know how to do that. This is where Fiverr comes in. Fiverr empowers the creative community by connecting you with freelancers who can take care of some of those things that you might not want
to or know how to do. Fiverr has that talent on the website and they can connect you instantly. Literally, you can go on
there and find so much. And all you have to do is click a button and you’ll have an order made. There are different options
for all sorts of budgets and all sorts of projects. So use that link in the description to go check out my custom
curated Fiverr store, see some of the people that I recommend, some of the people that I’ve
worked with in the past. And, if you’d like to see
something else on my store, make sure to hit me up. Thank you to Fiverr for
sponsoring this video. Now back to being vain and
taking photos of ourselves. Aw man, it’s startin’ to get dark. Let’s crank this up. I tried to catch golden hour, but it just went from,
like bright to dark. So, personally, I think
connecting to the app, even though it has its disadvantages and it can be a little
bit glitchy at times, is probably the easiest way for
me to take photos of myself. But there is an alternative
that I also recommend and that’s by using an interval timer. Now again, this might be something that’s built into your camera. The newer Sony cameras
all have interval timers. The old ones had the PlayMemories app where you could get an interval timer. But you can also buy one
to plug into your camera. I will leave a link in the description and you can go find one from there. So let me see if I can show
you how to make that happen. Now again, this might be
different on your camera. But I’ll show you, it’s in the first menu on the fourth page. We’re gonna go to Interval
Shooting Function, we’re gonna go to Interval
Shooting, turn it on. We’re gonna take one every, let’s say, yeah three
seconds should be okay. We’re gonna wait for 10
seconds to get in place. The Number of Shots
we’re gonna take is 10. Now one of the catches with
interval shooting is that, depending on what your camera is, it’s going to be different as far as how the auto-focus works. In this case, I’ve never had good luck
getting the interval shooter to auto-focus in between shots. So what I’m gonna have to do this time is actually set a manual focus point and just try and stick with it. Now especially at F1.8, this
is gonna be a little difficult. But what I’m gonna do
is go set my backpack out where I’m gonna stand
and then focus on that. Focus on that and then I’m
gonna flip into manual focus and tilt it back up. Now I’m gonna say a little
prayer and go stand where I was. These are super moody, mostly because it’s starting
to get so dark out here that I’m actually getting underexposed. And all I did here was moved
back and forth a little bit so that I had some variance just in case the focus
was off a little bit. Hopefully at least one
of them was in focus. Oh look, I went way too
far forward on that one. But I think that one looks pretty cool. So, if you’ve seen photos
of me up on my Instagram, that’s probably how they were taken. It’s not an easy process. And it’s definitely not foolproof. And sometimes it just doesn’t work out. But it’s a lot of fun,
it’s quite challenging. And if that kind of
thing just isn’t for you, then I would just say
go shooting with friends and have them take photos of you. Thank you do donny_ducktails who was the one that suggested this. I know a couple other
people have suggested it in the past before. But when I reached out today,
he was the one who said it. And thanks to Fiverr for
sponsoring this video. Again, the link is in the description if you wanna go check
out my curated store. As always, I wanna hear from you. Is there a different way that
you shoot photos of yourself? Let me know in the comments
and on your way down there make sure to hit that
like and subscribe button. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you next time. Holy crap, it’s getting
so cold out here. (laughs) This is fall in Edmonton,
it’ll be winter in a week. (gentle upbeat music)

Otis Rodgers

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53 COMMENTS

  1. Dunna Did It Posted on October 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    How do you take photos of yourself? Any tips that can make everyone's life easier?

    Reply
  2. Jehk Photography Posted on October 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I find that if you ask a random stranger, he/she wouldn't be able to frame the photo for you just the way you like it!

    And also because some small part of you is scared they might just run away with your gear. :'D

    Reply
  3. neeraj kumar ligos Posted on October 7, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Very useful thing thank you ♥️♥️♥️😃

    Reply
  4. Boom Boom Posted on October 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Great video, as always!!!

    Reply
  5. Illmatic Mastermind Posted on October 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Awesome content!!

    Reply
  6. Chris Au Posted on October 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Haha looks like so much work! Great video dude!

    Reply
  7. Simon Posted on October 7, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    You are sick🤯! For this video I waited for! No joke I asked me this question yesterday🤪

    Reply
  8. RogueOneFIFTEEN Posted on October 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Two Fiver ads ??? Man. You are literally playing their ad with your voice over. Unsubscribing, you were cool once.

    Reply
  9. Redemple Posted on October 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I learned a lot from you dude❤

    Reply
  10. UltimateN Posted on October 7, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Saved this to my playlist so I can rewatch this when I get my camera!

    Reply
  11. Nico Ford Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    How did you get the camera to focus through an app? My a7iii won’t work with AF through the app

    Reply
  12. Jason Lorette Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    In studio I’ll put a styrofoam mannequin head on the top of a light stand to focus on with my timer. :p

    Reply
  13. Jez T Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    If you turn Pre-AF on, it will focus while you move around.

    Reply
  14. Se Park Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    That backpack focus tilt up trick is a genius idea. Great video Dunna! 👏👏

    Reply
  15. Darko Dedic Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    link for L bracket on your a7iii ?

    Reply
  16. WanderLust Mike Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for the tips! 🙏❤🧡💛💚💙💜📷

    Reply
  17. Creative 7 Inc Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    the ultimate task. Goes to show how much the market has changed towards individualistic strengths. What I mean by that is you can create professional imagery for your brand completely on your own. Great work man (as always)

    Reply
  18. Dr Chen Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    What’d you suggest ? A6000 with a couple lenses or a6400 with kit lens as my first camera ? I only do photos and I don’t care about videos lol

    Reply
  19. CapsLockKeyon Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    The silliest thing that I love that Im sure NO ONE appreciates…the fact that when you get shots of you going from point A to point B and there are static shots of you riding by….

    …you literally stop, put the camera down, press record, go back, ride by, stop, press record again, pick up the camera, and move on XD

    Reply
  20. Omar Hammouda Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I always have a photographer friends with me on deck. Get into the photography community. I absolutely love the idea to shoot the things you love. Also I'm inspired by channels like these because it gives me the confident to actually showcase my work on You Tube without worrying about if its not great yet.😅

    Reply
  21. Eunoia Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve always had this problem :/
    There’re so many events where I have pictures of my friends but I’m not in them. And I hate giving ppl my DSLR because I have to set it up so the average person only have to point and shoot but that doesn’t always gives the best results 😒

    Reply
  22. Please Stand By Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Awesome video bro! As a fellow creator I've definitely done this before lol. It's always smart to do it when there's no people around cause I always feel so vain taking pics of myself hahaha

    Reply
  23. Fart's Pfotografy Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Extremely useful information Professor Dunna i'm someone who hates being in front of a camera maybe that will change in time

    Reply
  24. Ivaylo Valkov Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks you so much for making this video, I really enjoy it!

    Reply
  25. JustJoeLee Posted on October 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I'm more of manual focus self timer guy, living on the edge ya know?

    Reply
  26. sijil o Posted on October 7, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Onewheel 😍😍😍😍😍😍

    ✌️Great

    Reply
  27. Ghaatak Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Discovered you through becki and chris channel, loved the vid! next time,Maybe have some content cross through with the music production/sound engineer perspective ..really great to have you share such tips, also great location!

    Reply
  28. Kelvin Caban Posted on October 7, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    You were on a tripod you could lower your shutter to like 50 or lower if you want 🙂

    Reply
  29. CNMTCFilms Posted on October 7, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I always use the Sony app👌🏼😊

    Reply
  30. Michael Aron Posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Dunna, this is awesome. Could you share the settings you had for your A7R3? It looked like the face detection and eye autofocus was working pretty well and I've had some challenges getting mine to hit every time. Thanks man! Mike A.

    Reply
  31. Daniel Sin Posted on October 7, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for the tips Dunna!

    Reply
  32. André Rühl Posted on October 7, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Great video! How do you like the Viltrox on the a7 iii? Thought about getting on just because of the price.

    Reply
  33. Jonathan L. Kennedy Posted on October 7, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Great video! I've been "attempting" to do self portraits but have failed. I get that nervous feeling of people watching me but I guess I need to get out of that feeling and start shooting.

    Reply
  34. Nik Posted on October 8, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Hey Dunn’s … what’s the app you using called?? I’ve tried this before but the your app looks a lot different….

    Reply
  35. Ezekiel Sullano Posted on October 8, 2019 at 2:29 am

    was that a boundary prima system bag?

    Reply
  36. Zottjes Posted on October 8, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Awesome tutorial! The self-timer / timelapse methode is also great!

    Reply
  37. Philip Hansson Posted on October 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Man, those apps… It seems virtually impossible for these companies to create an app that doesn't make you want to smash your head into a brick wall. I mean good lord it's hardly rocket science, it's just a bluetooth connection thingie?! I'm using Fuji, same problem over there and I have friends who uses other brands and they all have the same issue.

    Great video as always! =)

    Reply
  38. Lohith nimmala Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:36 am

    In the second method what I do is, I place the camera on ground and now tune the focus on bag or if not ground make sure bag and camera on same line of sight now simply put tripod with camera on same position and now. Jump on to ur bag for perfect focus

    Reply
  39. Suril Patel Posted on October 8, 2019 at 9:27 am

    hey dunna i got new imac can you helpme out

    Reply
  40. Bo Ismono Posted on October 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I watched a couple of your videos. And as a bag reviewer I am happy to see you use so many cool bags. Keep up the good work!

    Reply
  41. Travis Arnold Posted on October 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Hey man! So using the interval timer have you ever tried using pre af or whatever? I don’t have my camera to check (A7III). I’m curious if this would at least get you focused for the first shot then if you don’t move much you’d be set.

    Reply
  42. Kiklerr Posted on October 8, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    How do I fix being ugly?

    Reply
  43. Piotr Wojnowski Posted on October 8, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Nice tutorial, as always. Are you using Prima System backpack? 🙂

    Reply
  44. Kleinaberduen Posted on October 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Are the photos taken with the App not only in JPEG format ?

    Reply
  45. Zvjezdan Grgic Posted on October 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    The photos never look like the previews on the camera. When you load them into lightroom they are always underexposed, even when the display shows you that the exposure is perfect. Thats what i hate most on sony cameras. And the colors… 😅

    Reply
  46. jesus freak0513 Posted on October 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Great Video!!!

    Reply
  47. Robert Björk Posted on October 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Great video 👏👏 I was a little surprised at how great your sound/voice was in this video!! Watched it on my homecinema center and its so crisp!! Great job!

    Reply
  48. Jacob Anderson Posted on October 8, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Your Canadian was showing at 6:30 . Love the vid, i havent been able to get my friends to get shots of me for my biz and the fiance struggles with portraits, so been looking for something like this

    Reply
  49. che4 5uto Posted on October 9, 2019 at 2:03 am

    This is work when u doesn't have any friends like me

    Reply
  50. Jess Breheret Posted on October 9, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Yep I do the manual focus and timer but it's a pain depending on the shot it's not always easy to set … I wish my camera could focus automatically at the end of the timer before shooting … I'm that kind of dreamer ( well on a 700D you can only be a dreamer ) 👍🏻

    Reply
  51. Lila Posted on October 9, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I need ALL the tips! I usually use the edge app from Sony, but it's not the best. Sometimes it changes focus as soon as I hit the shutter button on the app. Wait, your vlogging with that monitor on top of it? I can barely hold my camera still without it 😂

    The scenery looks beautiful and the photos turned out great, sorelle!

    Reply
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