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with a digital camera with a viewscreen on the back (I think they probably all do really)
Sorry for the crudeness of the stick men but I just saw one too many of these self portraits with with camera in shot and it inspired me to do this quick how-to.
This technique has limitations. You can't take a long distance photograph of yourself (because the camera can only be the distance of your outstretched arm). Also, you might not like the way it pushes one of your shoulders forward. And you need the right sort of camera. But for when you just want to take a nice photo of your pretty face / new hairstyle / halloween makeup / etc., it works pretty well :)

Posted by Britta J. from Derby, England, United Kingdom • Published See Britta J.'s 66 projects »
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  • How to take a portrait photo. Photograph Yourself - Step 1
    Step 1

    Don't photograph yourself like this

  • How to take a portrait photo. Photograph Yourself - Step 2
    Step 2

    because you'll end up with a picture like this, with the camera next to your face

  • How to take a portrait photo. Photograph Yourself - Step 3
    Step 3

    Instead, turn the camera so it faces you, and use the mirror to line up the shot, looking into the viewscreen on the back of your camera

  • How to take a portrait photo. Photograph Yourself - Step 4
    Step 4

    so you end up with a nice picture of just your face and no camera sharing your limelight!

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Britta J.
Britta J. · Derby, England, GB · 67 projects
even better, Kara B! x
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Kara B.
Kara B.
You aren't limited to your arms length if you use a tripod and your camera has a timer on it.
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Todd Allison
Todd Allison · River Ridge, Louisiana, US · 7 projects
Yeah, it works a lot better without the camera in your shot! Hahahaha!
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Kiki
Kiki · Canada, CA · 6 projects
This is a very good idea; thanks for sharing Happy
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