The Other Side of the Camera- Self Portraits Assignment Gallery

Kudos to the courageous photographers who have contributed to this month’s assignment – the portrayal of themselves in a photograph. Self portraits can be the most challenging and rewarding of images to produce, and the results we received depict a great deal of thought, creativity and “reflection”…both literally and figuratively!  The following questions were asked as part of the assignment:

1. What was it like being in your own photograph?

2. What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?

3. What was the most exciting part of this assignment?

In answer to these, some found the act of taking their own image “uncomfortable,” which speaks to many of us because we simply do not like to have our own picture taken, let alone with us doing the picture taking. Others found that the effort engaged their sense of creativity by forcing them to pre-visualize an idea prior to taking the image while thinking about elements of composition, lighting and technique. Hopefully it was a fun experience and something was learned in the process.  We encourage everyone reading this to continue to express themselves with their camera in as many creative ways as they can think of.

Click on each image to see an enlarged version. Enjoy!

And think about participating in next month’s assignment!

Larry Martin

What was it like being in your own photograph? Photographers do not usually take photos of themselves so it was a bit uncomfortable to turn the camera inward.
What was your biggest challenge with this assignment? Finding a unique way to create a self portrait.
What was the most exciting part of this assignment? Seeing the result.

Beth Packard

What was it like being in your own photograph? While I am subtle in the photo (you can see me taking the photo), I loved the effect as my photographer friend and I were out taking photos. Both of us were shown in the images as I shot the fire through the restaurant window.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment? Good use of reflections, lighting and duplicating the same effect twice. I wanted to maintain a softness yet keep the detail in the fire. The lighting changed so quickly that I only achieved that “single moment” shot.

What was the most exciting part of this assignment? Achieving my goal without needing post-processing changes, such as color pushes etc.  Great memories of the moment …and being in the right place at the right time.

Steve Fletcher

What was it like being in your own photograph? It took several attempts to get the correct angle.  I was alone when I started to try but part way through I looked up at two people who saw me standing in front of my camera with my mouth wide open.  Fortunately, they were on the other side of the river!

The other shot was in an old growth cedar grove; there were thankfully no people and therefore no public humiliation!

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment? What was the most exciting part of this assignment? The best part of the assignment is that it provoked me to think creatively while shooting a scene even if it wasn’t a self portrait.

Genevieve Fix

I have been experimenting with self-portrait before the assignment because it is fun and weird and I like trying different things. The first time was during the Basic Photography class I took earlier this year and it is one of the pictures I am sending.

Martin Pomphrey

What was it like being in your own photograph? Different, interesting, makes one think about composition.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment? No tripod, setting up picture and then getting someone to press the button.

What was the most exciting part of this assignment? Travel, creativity, possibilities.

Janina Allen

What was it like being in your own photograph? Being a part of my own photograph was actually quite uncomfortable.  I found that I was surprised by what I saw when I looked at the photos, even though I think I have a clear image of what I look like.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment? I found it very difficult to express the intended emotion in the photograph. It was a challenge, in 10 seconds, to get set up in the photo and look the way I had envisioned before…’click’

What was the most exciting part of this assignment? It was exciting to be able to interact with my photographs and learn how to compose a photo that is missing one of its key components.

Gary Todd

What was it like being in your own photograph? I don’t like to have my picture taken in the first place.  Having to put myself in my own photos was very difficult.

What was your biggest challenge with this assignment? Just thinking of ideas for the photos was difficult.  Also, placing myself in a compositionally correct location in photos was a challenge.  (Lots of retakes!)

What was the most exciting part of this assignment? The actual search for ideas and the thought process that had to go into placing myself in the photos.

3 thoughts on “The Other Side of the Camera- Self Portraits Assignment Gallery

frank russo

I liked the self portrait photos that were in your newsletter. Very interesting assortment of different types of photos and composition. I will look forward to the next letter. The Neil’s Corner article about photographing moving water, was also very interesting.

Thank You

Frank Russo

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Bob McGowan

Thank you for viewing, reading and commenting, Frank! I agree, these were a very interesting collection of submissions and we appreciated everyone’s participation for a such a challenging assignment. Feel free to submit images of your own for next month’s assignment!

Joyce McMurtrey

I totally enjoyed seeing the self-portraits and reading the commentary. I do at least one self-portrait a month and find it to be the most challenging and the most rewarding activity that i do with my photography.

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