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Photographing one's own person is quite a delightful application of ones time. The feedback delay is greater than that of a mirror, but there is the benefit of capturing the perceptible instant forever. You have control over the precise moment captured without the need for the services of others. You will need to aim the camera at yourself and press the shutter release. There are a number of ways to do this and a number of tools that can help. Basically it depends on the camera you are using and its functionality. Most electronic 35mm cameras have self timers, usually allowing for a time delay from when the shutter is pressed until the picture is taken. Anyways, All of these first self portraits were taken on my recent trip to europe. I had the Mamiya RB67 and a mechanical self timer that when fully wound would allow about 25 seconds before firing. The timer just screws into the shutter button.





























I have been taking self portraits like this every now and then. It is the "night long exposure flash yourself" type. This is probably the best example below. Notice the lights from the moving boats behind me. It was probably about a 25 second exposure. I flashed myself , the shutter stayed open (it was set to bulb) then ran out of the frame, waited 20 seconds or so, then closed the shutter. I used a air bulb 12 foot shutter release cable to open the shutter and trigger the flash. I think these shots were taken with portra 400VC. The tough part is getting a composition that doesent have any light source directly behind you or else you will look like an apparition (see the San Francisco picture below. Also the flash power hitting you and natural light in the background need to be balanced.














Using the aid of a mirror helps. I took this picture with a minolta SRT303 fitted with a Rokkor 24mm f/2.8 VFC. This lens has a variable focus curve ring. You could bend the focal plane in either a concave or convex way. This basically means that if you were taking a picture of say a giant ball that was right in front of you, you could bend the focal plane so that the whole ball would be in focus without stopping down to increase the depth of field. Notice the interesting flare pattern created on my shirt.