Self-Taught via Self-Portrait: How to Turn the Lens on Yourself

 If you’re not sold on the advantages of letting another human being take your portrait, this leaves you with one option: self portraiture.

There is a big advantage in being both the photographer and the model: you don’t need to read between the lines, you know when the subject is tired, uncomfortable or hates a particular shot. You also don’t need a release.

When I suggest doing it, most people come up with the following set of excuses:

1. Easy for you to say, but I’m not photogenic
2. I tried, but the photos sucked
3. It feels stupid

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Add Lens Flare To Your Image The Right Way

Add Lens Flare To Your Image The Right Way

I’m sure most of you have taken one look at the lens flare filter in Photoshop and decided to quickly over look it. Well I am here to say that you might want to reconsider and give it a chance. With the right steps and processing one can actually make it look decent. Now I’m sure there will be a few people that will still think adding flare is asinine, and to that I say to each their own.

Before you start this process you should shoot or choose an image that would already look believable having had flare. Make sure there is a directional light source that you can exaggerate with the flare. I see a lot of lens flare that is irrationally added and the image will tend to be very “cheesy” for lack of a better word.


032 as Smart Object 3 Add Lens Flare To Your Image The Right Way