The evolution of the #Selfie has taken us from the happy(self)snappy hand-held iPhone pic (which first went mainstream in 2013), to the uber self-centric and totally re-touched versions of 2016. Which, as a Blogger, I am admittedly all about.
Now I can’t ‘SMIZE’ (Smiling with your eyes. You squint slightly, raise the eyebrows, and leave the mouth neutral) like Joan Small or create a ‘SPARROW FACE’ (teeth showing ever so slightly) like Chrissy Teigen – but I can show you a trick or two when it comes to capturing yourself for that ultimate #SELFIE, #OOTD, or in my case, full length images showcasing second hand clothing to be sold on PAKT’s ‘Showroom’ platform…
In basics, I hired a photography studio and the photography gear (lights, camera, remote, software) then self-snapped using a digital remote.
The images synced directly to my computer (using the ‘Phase One’ software) making transferring, storing and editing a breeze – no waiting, no external team, just me, my camera and a few extra’s, all of which I got from ‘ONE STOP DIGITAL‘.
Now ‘ONE STOP DIGITAL‘ is a Hong Kong based photography platform which bases itself out of The Hive in Kennedy Town.
I spoke directly with the owner, Brent Pottigner (his email is at the end of this blog), explaining what I wanted to do (achieve the ultimate selfie) and he sorted me out with the rest by not only recommending the gear that would work best for what I needed, but he also set it up for me, downloaded the software I needed and was on hand (just down the hall in his office) if I needed any help. This meant that ultimately, all I literally had to do was push the button on the remote control and voila – the pro photo was taken!
This is what I hired:
BRENT POTTINGER – for all the photography needs: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOVE: The process of self-snapping.
BELOW: The outcome
TIP: For those embarking on shooting themselves – I also placed a full length mirror just to the side of the camera set-up to help with posing. Being able to watch what I was doing enabled me to work faster, more efficiently and confidently.