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weatherwax
February 11th, 2011, 01:00 PM
Okay. It is time for me to make a confession. The reason I have no avatar is . . . I am camera challenged.

I'd love to post photos, but the dratted things are always too dark, at the wrong angle, blurry, etc. I feel like such a dummy. Does anyone have a tried and true method for solo shooting? For dummies?

Thanks in advance, and apologies if I missed an obvious link or something,

Weatherwax

monsterna
February 11th, 2011, 01:06 PM
If your camera has a timer, use that. Set it up on something high enough to get your head in the shot. Stand in front of a door or wall preferably, and make sure flash is on.

If you can't do that, take one in the mirror with the flash off (this makes things blurry though and you'll need to stop moving as much as possible).

Siava
February 11th, 2011, 01:08 PM
Also, to stop blur, press the button on your camera halfway so it can focus and then press it all the way down once it has. Try to remain as still as possible while doing that.

Alix
February 11th, 2011, 01:11 PM
I use my webcam.

Copasetic
February 11th, 2011, 01:44 PM
LOL. I don't have advice, because I have the exact same problem! I can never figure out how the people on this site manage to have such great shots of the back of their head. I can sometimes get 3/4s of it, but never the whole thing.

I'll be watching this thread for advice :)

gypsymoth
February 11th, 2011, 01:50 PM
Natural light!

What kind of camera do you have?

chopandchange
February 11th, 2011, 01:55 PM
Do you have a cameraphone, a digital camera, or a webcam?

Do you have a tripod or a self-timer?

Be more specific and we shall advise accordingly! :D

GeoJ
February 11th, 2011, 02:37 PM
If I want a length shot I either have someone else take the photo for me, or I use a tripod and my camera's self-timer.

For updo shots, I stand next to a wall and hold the camera in my hand, extending my arm out to the side (with my head turned so the back of my head is facing the camera). I can tell if the camera focuses on my head or on the wall thanks to the red laser the camera focuses with.

I choose slightly dim lighting if indoors so the flash will go off. If I have bright lighting indoors or a bright surface in the background in an indoor setting the photo will not be good- it will be too dark to see my hair, and it may be blurry. Outdoors very bright lighting works for me because my camera shutter will be fast enough that the photo will not be blurry.

xovictoryxo
February 11th, 2011, 02:46 PM
I make my hubby take the pix, but in the past I have used a timer. and I stand directly under a light!

Lianna
February 11th, 2011, 06:11 PM
I'm bad at this too, I have a proper camera, but I find my cell easier to balance. I also just extend my arm to the side (because I still have short hair). To see what I'm shooting, I stand backwards to a large mirror, position the camera, then check with a hand mirror, this allows me to see what the camera is "seeing". I can adjust from there. If you need a shot of your back (not only head), you can stand backwards to a mirror and take a picture of the mirror (again checking with a hand mirror). This (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5838&pictureid=89486) might help you get a visual for the second case.

ETA: I just drew a little something in paint to help. :D That's how I take most of my pictures. You can walk to find better light, after you stablish your hand and head position.

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/8079/camerae.png

If you want a picture of the mirror (so it shows all your back if you stand far enough) you put the camera in front of your head, facing the mirror (of course, lol).

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2379/camera2.png

ladyjo
February 11th, 2011, 07:36 PM
I'm bad at this too, I have a proper camera, but I find my cell easier to balance. I also just extend my arm to the side (because I still have short hair). To see what I'm shooting, I stand backwards to a large mirror, position the camera, then check with a hand mirror, this allows me to see what the camera is "seeing". I can adjust from there. If you need a shot of your back (not only head), you can stand backwards to a mirror and take a picture of the mirror (again checking with a hand mirror). This (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5838&pictureid=89486) might help you get a visual for the second case.

ETA: I just drew a little something in paint to help. :D That's how I take most of my pictures. You can walk to find better light, after you stablish your hand and head position.

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/8079/camerae.png

If you want a picture of the mirror (so it shows all your back if you stand far enough) you put the camera in front of your head, facing the mirror (of course, lol).

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2379/camera2.png
ROFL!!! Your wee drawings just made my day XD

Lianna
February 11th, 2011, 07:46 PM
ROFL!!! Your wee drawings just made my day XD

I was just trying to help, I'm not an artist...I don't know what "wee" is.

Does wee mean tiny? The pic is kinda big. :/

ladyjo
February 11th, 2011, 07:52 PM
I was just trying to help, I'm not an artist...I don't know what "wee" is.

Does wee mean tiny? The pic is kinda big. :/
I wasn't meaning it offensively, it made me laugh that was all, but in a good way! Yes wee means small, I forget to use normal english most of the time online *apologies*

Shermie Girl
February 11th, 2011, 09:41 PM
I use the self timer on my camera. If your camera has that feature, it is really easy to use. I set mine on a shelf on a bookcase at the right height, fire the shutter and stand about three feet or so in front of my camera. I stand as still as I can until the picture is taken. I make sure to set my camera to fire the flash, it fills in any darkness from taking the pictures indoors.

This method works best for me. I tried the mirror thing but I can't do it. :lol:

Debra83
February 12th, 2011, 12:49 AM
I'm bad at this too, I have a proper camera, but I find my cell easier to balance. I also just extend my arm to the side (because I still have short hair). To see what I'm shooting, I stand backwards to a large mirror, position the camera, then check with a hand mirror, this allows me to see what the camera is "seeing". I can adjust from there. If you need a shot of your back (not only head), you can stand backwards to a mirror and take a picture of the mirror (again checking with a hand mirror). This (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5838&pictureid=89486) might help you get a visual for the second case.

ETA: I just drew a little something in paint to help. :D That's how I take most of my pictures. You can walk to find better light, after you stablish your hand and head position.

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/8079/camerae.png

If you want a picture of the mirror (so it shows all your back if you stand far enough) you put the camera in front of your head, facing the mirror (of course, lol).

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2379/camera2.png


You're wonderful!!! :D Your pics are great!

Fufu
February 12th, 2011, 01:45 AM
I ask my mum to help me take >_<

Lianna
February 12th, 2011, 10:14 AM
You're wonderful!!! :D Your pics are great!

Thanks, I see you also use the mirror! :D

mellie89
February 12th, 2011, 10:54 AM
I stand with my back to my bathroom mirror, turn the flash off, and stabilize the camera on my head or shoulder. If all my hair didn't make it into the picture, then I try again until it does. You can always crop it if it isn't centered. :)

trolleypup
February 12th, 2011, 11:06 AM
Cameras with remotes are a godsend too!

Side note on mirror shots...often taken in bathrooms...remember to wear clothes...sometimes the mirrors may catch something you don't want to share, that you may miss when posting.