You will need
the tripod I use: the SUNPAK 7500-pro with quick release
the IR remote I use: the ML-L3
- When using self-timers, put the placeholder where you will be to assist with achieving the proper focus and composition.
- Mirrors (optional)
- For closer self-portraits, place a mirror behind the camera, angled such that you can see the LCD screen from in front of the camera as you pose to help with composition.
- If you still end up with a blurry photo, try using a smaller aperture for a deeper DOF.
- Use a wider lens and include more in each photo than what you want in the final photo. Then crop into the proper composition in post-editing.
- You will most likely have to repeat this procedure many times to get the desired composition.
Repetition is easiest with an IR remote. Just pose, click, alter your pose slightly, click, and repeat, each time altering your pose slightly and hopefully one shot will result in the desired composition. Repetition is more difficult with a self-timer and will require a lot of systematic trials. Set your timer, pose, then see how the photo turns out. If it’s not in the composition you want, set your timer, then pose in basically the same manner but slightly adjusted based on how the last photo turned out.
- Try using an IR remote with a 2 second timer. Activate the timer with the remote and place the remote aside. Now you can use your hands freely in the composition as opposed to having to hold an ugly remote.
Results (using an IR remote)
Results (using a self-timer)