Round two of trying to get myself into focus in a self portrait. This time I focused just right and was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I even made Sassy and Vicky sit with me, though in typical fashion they both were so distracted & wouldn’t look at the camera at the same time. πŸ™‚

I used the Canon 5omm f/1.8 lens and settings to f/1.8, 1/60 sec and ISO 100 on 10 sec continuous timer. The sun was starting to come down and was hitting the backyard really nice. The lighting was perfect.

me with dogs 2

Here’s a bonus pic for you cause I love how the camera caught Sassy’s mid-yawn. That tongue!



Just when I thought I was getting the hang of using the timer on my camera for self portraits, I come out with this.

You can see here my focus is off and I am blurry. The orchid and couch behind me are in focus.

When setting this picture up, I used the pillow in front of me as my focal point. I tried to make sure I placed myself in the area where I focused. Well it didn’t work obviously. My lens was the 50mm f/1.8 and settings were ISO 400, Β 1/60 sec and f/1.8.

I have found it easier to have Wes standing in front of the camera for me to focus but he wasn’t around last night and he won’t always be. So this just makes me want to challenge myself to get it right! πŸ™‚

(side note: are you tired of seeing my face yet?! hehe)


Working on self portraits this week….and I love this one of Wes and me. We were just laying around and watching TV after dinner.

We had some low lighting coming from the lamp to the right of us, which was fairly yellow. I used the 50 mm f/1.8 lens and set my camera to f/18, 1/8 sec and ISO 400 on the 10 sec continuous timer.

Even though we’re both in our “comfy” clothes, I might have to frame this one. πŸ™‚


Every week I am going to try to work on a specific technique and share what I did to try and achieve it.

This week I am going to work on self portraits. I have never tried to do this before, which is why I am never in any of the photos I take! Nailing down this technique will help change that. πŸ™‚

For this photo, I used the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. My settings were f/22, 1/60 sec, ISO 100. I used the continuous self timer on my camera too. It took quite a few tries to get at least 2 – 3 good pictures. For my first time though, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks to Wes for being such a good sport every time I would say “wait, let’s try one more time!” πŸ™‚