I hope you’ve been keeping safe and WEARING YOUR MASK.
Seeing the fact that we’re still INSIDE, I’ve decided to see how far my creativity can carry me.
So for the month of July, the next couple blog posts will be diving into the world of SELF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY using JUST your phone and basic items you probably already have at home or is accessible at your local supermarket/store.
*ALL PORTRAITS WAS TAKEN AND EDITED ON MY IPHONE 8+
So without further introduction, LET’S GET INTO IT.
HOW TO CREATE A BOMB SELF PORTRAIT USING ART PAPER
YOU WILL NEED:
- A large sheet of Art/Manila Paper
- A Scissors
- Your Phone (if you wish to use your camera you can)
- Sunlight or a Ring light (anyone will work as you just need a good light source)
Got it? Lettuce begin.
Create a hole in the paper big enough to fit your head through, also making small tears at the sides so it has the “ripped/bust open” effect.
Figure out where you’re going to take your portraits.
Whether it’s outside using sunlight or a ring light inside, make sure it’s enough light to not only light you but the entire paper.
For easily accessibility.
You can stick the top of the paper on a wall and pop up behind it and through the hole from the bottom
Hang it up so it’s easier access for you to maneuver behind/through it.
HOWEVER, if you’re like me and don’t have that accessibility – what I simply did was place my head through the hole and used one hand to hold it up.
10 second timer and SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT.
You know the vibe you’re going for- whether it’s happy or edgy don’t be afraid to be different and let your creativity lead you.
Pick your favs and let the editing begin!
For this, you’ll need these three apps.
I first picked my filter, this will have to be up to your own liking but there’s many filters to choose from so based on your taste pick which suites you.
You can refer to my “Getting your Instagram Feed right” blog post for tips on this and 2 of my Personal Custom Filters Presets.
I then cropped it to the size I wanted it, (Instagram full size is 4″ x 5″ so I usually use this)
After that I did my basic color adjustments which involved (skin tone correction, exposure, contrast and sharpening the photo just a little )
I first clicked the “retouch” tool
I used the smooth tool to smooth over creases that was in the paper to give it a finished look. You can also use facetune to remove any acne or marks that’s on your face using the heal, conceal (for dark marks) and smooth tools respectively.
Also I sharpened my facial features and jewelry using the sharpen tool to make them more pronounced as the ring light would have taken some of that away via glare.
To make behind of me darker I selected “paint” then used the paint tool using black as the color, lessened the opacity (sliding the bar below to the left) I then brushed over where I wanted darker.
PS Express is where you’re able to change the color of the paper (granted you’re using a colored paper) – I didn’t like Purple so I opted to turn it blue instead.
What you do is firstly click the edit bar at the bottom then slide the top till you see “HSL“.
Select it and pick the color that you currently have ( mine was purple so I selected purple) then just slide the bar till you see a color that you wish to use instead.
and…. TA DA! DONE!
TIME TO POST!
Here’s my finished product.
Feel free to watch my Insta highlight where I showed behind the scenes, answered some questions and made a few videos explaining the process a bit more.
Feel Free to hit me up with any questions and if you do recreate tag me so I can see em!