Updated: Aug 17, 2022
"Don't settle for a quick "selfie" when creating a self-portrait."
Part of establishing a name for yourself as a photographer is showing people who you are. An audience that connects with an artist is more appreciative of his or her work. Since we human beings are visually oriented, a shot of yourself is one of the most important ways you can make yourself visible to others.
What is a self-portrait?
The simple definition of a self-portrait is a picture of oneself. Selfies can also be described as such; however, there’s a clear difference between the two. Self-portraits are carefully composed, well-thought-out, and meant to create a lasting impression of yourself. Selfies are usually taken quickly with a smartphone camera and deleted if unsatisfactory.
Their main purpose is to be posted on social media to demonstrate that we’re indeed there and to attract the attention of those we think are watching. It may be good to shoot a quick selfie when you’re out of profile picture ideas, but if you want to build a serious photography portfolio.
Do a bit of role playing: You know you want to. Go ahead. Take a few shots, then load them up in layers for a composite. You can even work in one of your street shots as a background!