I picked up a new backdrop this week for a charity event I’m doing this weekend (stay tuned for details). Of course, I had to test it out. The last self-portrait headshots I did a couple weeks ago with my iPhone, a continuous light and a reflector. I used my bookcases as a backdrop in that instance, because books are beautiful. I think I look best in black & white.
By the way, I’m thinking of writing a blog post on how to get the most out of your iPhone photos. Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know in the comments.
Anywho, back to yesterday. So I set up my backdrop and my lights, and thought I’d try something new with the camera. In the past, I’ve always set the focus manually so that the plane in which I’d be sitting would be in focus, turn on the self-timer, and go. This was exhausting. It meant getting up every time and hitting the shutter again, making sure I didn’t lean too far forward or back so that I would fall outside the focus plane, and climbing over the tripod every time I wanted to check the photo. That’s why I went with the iPhone last time. I could at least see what I was doing, and I had a remote shutter release in my Earpod headphones.
But not this day. I’ve known for awhile that Lightroom allows direct capture, meaning your camera can be connected to your computer and downloading right to it. So instead of climbing around the tripod to view the back of the camera, I can just look over at my 27″ iMac screen to see it, histogram and all. It also has a remote shutter function, so I can click the mouse to take the picture. Since I have a bluetooth mouse, I didn’t even have to stretch. I had it sitting on my leg while I sat in front of the camera, which can now autofocus on me, and take photos from there. Happy day!
Ugh. Now I just need to work on my facial expression when there’s nobody to interact with. You think it’d be easy, since I think I’m hilarious. Ah, well. At least the light looked good, and I’m all set for Sunday!
As always, thanks for reading. Have a magical day. 😉