Self Family Portraits

December 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I am sure you have heard of self-portraits or even selfies, but what about family self-portraits?  This technique can work for selfies/self-portraits as well, but this time I used it for a photo of me and my wife.  I read some ideas that I will share first then tell you how I took this shot:


The technique I found involved prefocusing on a subject (anything) in the spot where you would be when the photo was taken and set the timer to 10 seconds and make your way to that spot.  Tools suggest were a tripod (pretty obvious), an object at that location to use for focusing, and then placing a piece of tape on that spot for you to go to when you start the timer.  This obviously takes trial and error, especially for focusing.

I did similarly, but since it was a group shot I did not need an object for focusing.  Instead, I used a person for my focal point.  What I also did differently was to not use the timer in the camera.  If you read some of my earlier posts I use a tool called the intervalometer.  This is a device that you can get from Amazon (Just make sure you get a model that works with your brand of camera.  In my case it was for Canon).  Another option that I had available is to use the built-in intervalometer.  My camera I use for my puzzle timelapse does not have a built-in intervalometer, so I do have the externally connected intervalometer.  Once I had focus, shutter, aperture, ISO, and flash configured to the settings I wanted, we stepped into the frame and let it take the photos.

My settings were as follows:

1. ISO 100

2. Aperture 3.5 to have a forgiving depth of field.

3. Shutter speed 1/160.

4. On-camera flash set to full power since it was far away.

5. Interval-ometer set to take photos every 10 seconds to allow time for the flash to recharge.

So, the two differences were using an intervalometer and not use tape to mark the spot on the floor.  In the article, I read the most difficult part was the focus point just being off a little.  So with an intervalometer, you can get the focus as close as possible and move just a few inches in each direction while the camera is taking pictures. 


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