At this point, it's fair to say that all of us have felt a touch of cabin fever over the past year, and with lockdowns/restrictions still in place all over the world, it's all the more important to keep the mind and body active, not least of all, the creative mind. This video has a few nice ideas for you to try with some basic gear.
Portrait photographer Irene Rudnyk is in beautiful, snowy Ukraine giving some tips and theme ideas for self-portraits. Of course, the techniques in the video can be applied to any photoshoot — not just self-portraits — but as many of us find ourselves alone these days, it's nice to have some extra goals to work towards. Even if you're not too enthusiastic about photographing yourself, you can use this as an opportunity to experiment and learn.
As with most of Rudnyk's photography, it's a themed shoot, and here, she has chosen to work with what she has by creating a period scene of a girl in traditional garb who's making her way through the snow. Using a Godox AD200 as a backlight and shooting with a Canon R5 and RF 85mm f/1.2 lens, she makes the best of the available ambient light. Shooting during blue hour allows her to get the right balance between highlights, shadows, and her warm oil lamp. This also results in some naturally complementary colors. For the second shot, she takes her gear inside, but I won't spoil it for you. Watch the video to see her beautiful results, all the while using low-powered flashes and a couple of simple hacks.
Have you taken any self-portraits during the past year?