Turning the camera on oneself

A lazy post-Thanksgiving in which I allowed my beard to grow lead to this series of funny self portraits. I hope you all have a good laugh!

Excited Funny Man with Camera Pointing

Cold Man trying to stay warm

Man in Santa Hat with Christmas Gift

Burglar Counting Money

Doctor with Bad Test Results

Reverse psychology refers to getting another person to do or say something by telling them the opposite of what is desired.

"Turn the tables" is to cause a reversal in someone's plans; to make one's plans turn back on one.

Self portrait in the days before cameras meant waiting for the arrival of good, inexpensive mirrors. With our cameras we have not excuses except for lack of a tripod.

Tip! Bring a stand in to focus on

The problem that I saw when I looked through my viewfinder was that I didn’t have anything to focus on aside from the items in the far distance. This of course would make for a perfectly blurry photo of me, which isn’t at all what I wanted.

One easy solution to this problem is to bring something to stand in your place. Height doesn’t matter so much as distance, but try to match it to yourself as best as you can for accuracy. If you have an extra tripod or light stand, these make perfect substitutes that will stand upright exactly where you need them. I was out in my yard so I grabbed a shovel from my shed, stuck it in the ground, focused and then moved the shovel. Rudimentary, but it worked perfectly.

Photo credits: EMFielding.
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Edward Fielding is a photographer based in the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont.

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December 15, 2012

barking dog? I have one right now. ;-)


December 15, 2012

Lots of great ideas, as always. Have you seen the request for photos of a barking dog on the message board? I know you have a great little canine model.


December 15, 2012

Great achievement, my favorites are the first and the last really good!


December 15, 2012

Good shots...


December 14, 2012

Your pictures are funny but very nice.
So the pictures are from the mirror and how you make the background white?
One more thing..How do you nicely arrange those pictures when you post here?

Thanks so much for sharing...


December 14, 2012

Good idea - great pix!


December 14, 2012

Very funny!


December 14, 2012

I had a good laugh with the man pointing and the doctor with bad news. I wouldnt wanted to have this doctor, I would die with fear instantly. hahaha
Good tips for the substitute.


December 14, 2012

You need a witness to watch you sign the MR.


December 14, 2012

How about the witness?


December 13, 2012

And yes you do need a model release for yourself!