Monday, July 18, 2011

Photo Assignment: My Self-Portrait

I finally took the plunge and purchased a Canon EOS Rebel xsi Digital SLR camera. I've been wanting a starter camera to get my hands dirty and this insanely-reduced floor model was right up my alley. The camera came with dust though, consequence of buying cheap I guess. It's still perfect, for my bank account and skill level.

Needless to say I've been brushing up on my f-stops and shutter speeds. The web is chalked full of photography lessons of which I have been taking advantage of. Guess that's a big part of the reason you have not heard from me here.

The truth about photography is you can sit and read about it all day long but the real learning comes from actually getting out there and taking photos. And for me, this has been a real challenge. You can only photograph your household items and the landscape around your house so many times. What I really needed was photo assignments and again, the web was full of 'em!

So today I bring you my first photo assignment, my self-portrait.

First let me say that photographing myself from my beloved iPhone is a heck of a lot easier than shooting from a tripod-mounted camera where I have to worry about white-balance and exposure. My iPhone in a way has hindered me and there have been times (especially with this particular shoot) when I've wanted to throw in the towel and just use my iPhone. But I persevered with results that I am satisfied with.

My Self-Portrait
Taken July 17, 2011

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel xsi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO speed: 400
Exposure: 1/30
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 18mm
No flash

You can see the original photo here.


Connie R. said...

One of my favorite quotes, made up by me and used frequently, especially on my better half... "reading is not the same as doing."

RollerScrapper said...

Girl, I just wanted to say that I knew you when! I love it, and especially comparing it to the color version. There was something striking which I realized when I compared the two, the catch light in your eyes and the round mirror. Great work, keep it up!!!

Rachel said...

LOVE this photo!!!!! Awesome work.