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Apr 16, 2015 14:59 |  #1

As photographers, I think we need to step up our game when it comes to selfies. Let this discussion be about how you make your selfies and any advice you might have.

Of course, please post your selfies!

I'm sure everyone has an opinion how to take a good selfie. What I do might not even technically be considered a selfie. I like to use, at minimum, a tripod and timed trigger. For the last couple of years, my wife and I have been taking our own photos when we go on trips. We want something better than just a snap shot and we can't rely on the skill of strangers. Over time, we've gotten a little better at taking our selfies. The steps I take are basically:


  1. Initial setup: Camera, flash (if necessary), tripod.
  2. Trigger setup: 3 second start delay, 3-5 shots, one second apart
  3. Focus Composition: Frame photograph and set focus on where the subject will be (easiest when you're doing a selfie with another person)
  4. Take the shot: Position yourself into the frame and trigger your shutter.
  5. Check and retake


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Use AF to confirm focus and then set the lens to manual, so that the camera does not choose something else when getting into the frame. Here, I focused on my wife before getting into position beside her. If there's not another person, then you can focus on another object within the DOF where you will be. Very important for focus! If you need to, use the Live Preview on your LCD, dihitally zoom in and manually focus on the ground where you will stand. Of course, don't move your camera or lens resulting in a change in composition.

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Pets are hard. You may need to take multiple shots to get them to look at the camera. I don't remember how many shots it took to do this, but I did have to throw a rock towards the tripod to get them to look the right way!

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Increase the number of shots and decrease the interval time between them if you intend there to be any action in the photo. We took 7 shots to get this one just right. It takes a little luck and a lot of patience.

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Apr 16, 2015 22:51 |  #2

6d... turn wifi on, use your phone as a remote. Done.


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Apr 16, 2015 23:20 |  #3

Or use this http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …eless_Remote_Co​ntrol.html (external link)

I have a 6D too and later found out that my old Canon RC-5 works with it as well. No need for a 2nd person :)


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Apr 16, 2015 23:57 |  #4

Damn people and their tecnologies. My camera doesn't do that!  :p


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Apr 17, 2015 00:09 as a reply to  @ Nathan's post |  #5

Nice tips Nathan and good selfies, I like the creativity involved! I don't have anything really to add to your excellent notes, but I would suggest the following:

IR remote is pretty poor imo. Wireless w/phone is better because of range, but something like Yongnuo's RF-603 (external link) is best imo. Quick setup, multiple uses (firing flashes), good range and cheap!

A couple of my selfies!

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Apr 17, 2015 00:32 |  #6

with my phone wifi connect with 6D

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Apr 17, 2015 06:01 |  #7

Thanks for the comments and photos. I happen to use a radio remote intervalometer: Phottix Aion. It isn't always reliable and can mistrigger.

Freestylee30: can you share how you work with flashes? I'm clueless there. Thanks.


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Apr 17, 2015 08:44 |  #8

Nathan wrote in post #17520877 (external link)
Thanks for the comments and photos. I happen to use a radio remote intervalometer: Phottix Aion. It isn't always reliable and can mistrigger.

Freestylee30: can you share how you work with flashes? I'm clueless there. Thanks.

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Apr 17, 2015 08:53 |  #9

Nathan wrote in post #17520877 (external link)
Thanks for the comments and photos. I happen to use a radio remote intervalometer: Phottix Aion. It isn't always reliable and can mistrigger.

Freestylee30: can you share how you work with flashes? I'm clueless there. Thanks.

Hi Nathan -

First shot was taken with flash in a shoot-through umbrella, which was above, camera right - second one there was no flash used -- however, I think maybe you are confused by my comment where I mention flash. I was just suggesting to buy/use the Yongnuo RF remote because of the benefits of also working to fire flashes, being radio frequency (good range) and easy to setup and use.

If you are already using a radio remote then it is a moot point (for you) :) I was mainly mentioning it for the people that are setting a timer and trying to run back to get into the shot, or those using IR (limited range).


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Apr 17, 2015 09:40 |  #10

5D Mklll on tripod. IR remote that came with my aftermarket grip.

Great for checking lighting setup before client/model arrives.

For longer distances or more involved framing, I use my Camranger and iPad.

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Apr 22, 2015 14:29 |  #11

These are great. I need a new headshot of myself for work... I know nothing about studio lighting, so thanks for some of the advice.


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Apr 22, 2015 14:31 |  #12

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- second one there was no flash used --

Wow. Nice lighting. I thought with the size of your pupils, there must have been flash used.


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Apr 24, 2015 23:05 |  #13

Take out the 5DM3. Throw on the Sigma 12-24mm. Set to 12mm.

Adjust camera setting to the light. Point camera at self. Take selfie. Check image. Repeat until satisfied.


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Apr 25, 2015 05:18 as a reply to  @ mathogre's post |  #14

I like that one!


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Apr 25, 2015 13:29 |  #15

Any thoughts on the difference in a selfie and a self-portrait?

Lots of things I see here I would have called self-portraits. Maybe mathogre's post is a selfie since it is taken while self holding the camera...

I really don't like equating selfie with self-portrait... maybe one is a style of the other?


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