So I wanted to attempt to take a professional self portrait for the website….not a selfie with my iphone. I wanted to experiment using classic portrait lighting techniques but with natural window lighting. This is totally a thing, but I didn’t realize how faaaareeeeking difficult it would be to achieve when you aren’t in a controlled lighting scenario – such as a studio and when you probably don’t have the right equipment to snap your own portrait. I almost gave up.
I wanted to try and achieve the Rembrandt lighting technique. This is when the subject is slightly turned away from the light source (in this case, my window) creating a moody shadow pattern on the face. It’s most known for the small triangle it creates just below the eye on side of the face farthest from the camera. While I don’t think I nailed this one, I still think I achieved the ‘mood’ I was going for. My window lighting kept changing on me and working with my camera timer kept causing my face to become out of focus. I’ll be trying this one with studio lighting in the future to see if I can get better results.
Canon EOS 50mm AV 5.0 1/4 ISO 1600