For a long time, I struggled with being my own photographer. My goal was to achieve model-type photographs to help build my personal brand. I want to talk about a recent selfie I took and the steps taken to achieve this result.
Before the shoot, I did a fair amount of Google searches to include topics such as ‘male modeling’, ‘car modeling’, ‘car photography’, etc. (you get the point). As I browsed through Google Images, I found plenty of shots that I loved and started to make notes of what I wanted in the shot: a vehicle, clouds and some sort of nature backdrop. Although this was a selfie, I didn’t want to detract from the rest of the elements in the shot; Therefore, I decided to keep my apparel plain.
Finding a Location
Taking this kind of shot will take time and I didn’t want any distractions. Besides, all of us are more comfortable taking selfies when we are alone. I stumbled on an app called AllTrails, which finds the nearest trails (I highly recommend it). The app gives the ability to sort by trail difficulty, type and distance. I found a off-road trail near my home and embarked on the journey. The trail was incredible and best of all, I had it to myself!
Taking the Shot
I parked the Jeep and started taking shots of just the vehicle from several angles until I found one I loved. Yes, I have another shot similar to this selfie but with just the Jeep. Once I found that angle, I mounted the camera and sat on the hood (a note I had taken from my Google search). To give it an authentic feel, I positioned my self to appear attracted to something in the wild (this is why I’m looking away). While I was posing, I tried to maintain a position that would be natural. I set the camera on a 2 second timer with the DSLR remote being on the hood and began shooting. I would take 2-3 shots, jump down and check the results and adjust as necessary (it probably took me around 7-8 shots to achieve this). As far as the settings for this particular shot, my ISO was 100, S/P 200 and Aperature 5.6.
Modeling to achieve a candid shot is the very best advice I can give you. You want your audience to think there is someone else behind the camera; With the use of a tripod and a remote, you can make it happen. I didn’t edit this photo in anyway, other than cropping it appropriately. Also note that with DSLRs, sometimes the remote delays a bit so if you have your remote on a 2 sec timer, hold the shot for 3-4 seconds (the camera may be refocusing).
Until Next Time,