How To Take The Best Self Portrait|Self Portraits Tips for Bloggers

How To Take the

Best Self Portrait

Self-portraits are the one way you can express yourself that you have complete control over. Whether you’re showing off an outfit of the day, or wanting to add photos to your website, these tips on how to take the best self-portrait will help you along the way.

What type of camera should I use for my Self Portrait?

I use aNikon D5200a Nikon D3100 DSLR (previous camera) for my portraits. I have an 18-55mm kit lens, a 50mm 1.8 lens, and a 55-200mm lens. The best lens for portraits would be the 50 mm 1.8, because it gives the best bokeh (depth of field-blurred background), but the kit lens would be fine to use as well. As far as DSLRs go, I would recommend the Nikon D3100 DSLR or the Canon Rebel T3i DSLR. They are both reasonably priced and are the equivalent of each other in rank.

Point & Shoot Cameras are great as well and there are a lot of good ones to choose from. I would highly recommend any point and shoot that is above 12 MP, because of the high print quality and computer screen quality.  The Canon Power Shot SX170 IS Digital Camera or the Nikon COOLPIX L820 Digital Camera.

What type of lighting should I use for my Self Portrait?

The best way to shoot a Self Portrait is to have great lighting. I would definitely recommend shooting outdoors because the more natural the better and the light is more appealing. The best times would be during the day, preferably the golden hour (6-9 am 3-5 pm). If you can’t shoot during those times, you can shoot in the shade to avoid the direct sunlight that can wash out your picture. The image will look a lot better after you edit them if you choose to.

If you shoot indoors, that’s great! Natural light, once again, is the best option for lighting. An open window or open door can provide you with the best light. If you lack the natural light you need to take indoor portraits, you can use photography lighting. The best way is to use the 3 point lighting system. This will help you achieve beautiful lighting.

How can I shoot my Self Portrait?

You can take your Self Portrait on your own by using a tripod and setting the self-timer or use a wireless remote trigger. Make sure to shoot from different angles with different expressions. Having lots of options to choose from will help you to select the best photos from your photo shoot.

Where should I shoot my Self Portrait?

Choosing an interesting location will help make your Self Portrait  stand out. Also, make sure that the background isn’t cluttered or full of people, cars or other distracting elements. You want your self-portrait to be more about you, not the background. There are a few options to shoot your self-portrait such as parks, school campuses, and urban/city landscape. EXTRA TIP: Try not to shoot in public areas alone for safety reasons, but if you have to, shoot in well-lit, populated areas during the day.  If you can, shoot a Self Portrait on your own turf—home or apartment, do it! I’ve gotten some of my best photos in my backyard.

Lastly, show your best styled outfit for your Self Portrait and show a style you’re comfortable with. If you ever choose a style that isn’t part of your brand or preference, it will convey in your photos. Choose wisely and have fun with it! Don’t take your shoot seriously! Relax, have fun and be yourself! Your personality will shine through!

 I hope these tips helped you on how to take the best self portrait. I will go more in depth on the cameras settings that would be best used for self portraits in a future post.

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Tell Me…

Have you ever taken a self portrait? What were some of the problems you experienced, if any?

Inspiration|from Takei Inspirations™

Don’t be negative minded you’ll defeat yourself before you begin.
Release positivity into the atmosphere!

Today I just wanted to encourage everyone to remain positive.  Let your thoughts, words, and actions be the reflection of a positive attitude.  When life’s situations and circumstances come against you don’t focus on the problems focus on the solutions.  If you start to feel the weight of stress on your shoulders remind yourself that so many others in this world would love to trade their sorrows for yours.  Outlooks determine outcomes I want mine to be positive what about you?

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Life+Adventures|Carving Pumpkins + Halloween| #NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo_1114_465x287_NOVThis Fall has been great so far! We’ve had so much fun with spending time with family and getting out and doing activities with our little one. There were a lot of arts and crafts and taking pictures outdoors, but this year was the first year my little one got to carve a pumpkin. It’s a little sad to say—but it’s also the first time I carved a pumpkin myself. Why didn’t anyone tell me how absolutely icky and sticky carving pumpkins would be? Needless to say, we had a really great time carving the pumpkins and even got to carve some really cool designs.

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We carved pumpkins at my mother’s house and we drew the faces on the pumpkins before carving it out. I definitely see why some families choose to paint or decorate their pumpkins because it’s definitely time consuming and messy, especially for little ones. Jaydabug wanted little to nothing to do with the pumpkin but she loved the idea of it lol 🙂 (Our pumpkin is on the right, in the picture above) We also carved this really cool pumpkin design at my brother and sister in law’s home with a pumpkin carving design kit.

This Halloween was the first time our little one has been trick or treating. We talked about all of her favorite shows and characters and she finally decided on being Strawberry Shortcake. She has Strawberry Shortcakes movies, toys, and even soap, so it was only fitting that she got the costume for this Halloween.

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It was going to be a cool and breezy night so we had to make some adjustments to her Halloween costume. It was made of very thin material, so we had her put on long sleeves underneath her dress, jeans over her tights, and a coat over her costume. I wasn’t concerned about if her costume would be unrecognizable, but more so concerned about how cold it would be (lower 50s), because I didn’t want her to get sick. Also, everywhere we went, people immediately recognized her as Strawberry Shortcake.

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We ventured into a nearby neighborhood and we also visited a local church for a “Trunk or Treat” Event. Overall, we had a lot of fun and she got enough goodies to fill two of her little buckets. Of course she wanted to stay up all night, as if she was waiting on more candy (or presents) lol She had a few treats before bath and bed and she slept soundly, but unfortunately woke up with a cough and congestion. Next year, we will definitely plan a Halloween event ahead of time, or visit an event that is indoors if the weather is too cold.

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Tell Me…

Did you venture out this Halloween? If you did, what did you do?

Just In Case You Missed It: I won a NaBloPoMo Prize & What I’ve Learned About NaNoWriMo

It is officially the end of the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo Writing Challenges and I will have to say that it has definitely been a hard one.

About My NaNoWriMo Experience…

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I was totally and completely unprepared for the NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge. I did, however, find my novel that I was working on years ago and decide to continue writing it. I have actually only written about 10,000 words of it, but was VERY unsuccessful in retyping and entering it in on the web site, so officially, I’ve only written about 350 words. lol So I’m going to write about what I’ve learned and what I could’ve done to reach the 50,000 words for the NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge.

  • Have a clear vision of style of writing ( fiction, non fiction…etc)
  • Write out story line, plot and characters
  • Prepare writing ahead of time (preface or rough draft )
  • Join writing groups or clubs
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo Events for Networking and Inspiration

Check out my blogging friend who finished her NaNoWriMo Experience! Way to go girl!

About My NaBloPoMo Experience…

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I have definitely tried my best in keeping up with writing on my blog daily, however, I lacked the motivation to write from the heart. I’d rather wait to post something meaningful than to post ramblings of my day, because let’s face it, I’m a SAHM and Student so my day to day is the least bit interesting. I liked the fact that I could’ve chose daily prompts to help my posts, but for some reason they were tasking for me mentally because I’m also studying very hard to graduate soon. My overall feeling about the NaBloPoMo experience is that I will definitely do it again and next time I will dedicate every single day to posting.

The greatest thing that came out of the November NaBloPoMo experience was that I was one of the winners of a prize for the November Contest! A Blog Her 2014 Conference Ticket to San Jose, California! So exciting! It was the best feeling to see that I won! How lucky could I be? 🙂

I haven’t decided if I’m going to sign up for the December NaBloPoMo, but it couldn’t hurt right? It’s all about getting those creative juices flowing and showing your love for writing and art with the world. I guess we will see 🙂

Tell Me…

What have you learned about yourself through these writing challenges?

Poetry | Takei Inspirations™

The Memories

The cultivating of the soil the harvesting of the crops the manipulation of the mind over and over they played out in real life though questions still run wild the what ifs and the whys?

The how could they be so cruel? Their hearts must be dark, desolate, and full of deceit.

The screams and the shouts the scene of a thousand lashes and a whip that cracks and rips and shreds the melanin filled skin until flesh opens up and blood is spilled forth then
the manhood falls buried along with the broken spirit the tormenting visions of a mother forever divided from her very own those she held so close to her beating heart she has birthed them and she has nursed then now they’ve reached right in and pulled them apart.

A heart full of love now filled with sorrows the screams of agony, defeat, and loss reign in the night
Does time heal all wounds?  Does time heal all wounds?

Healing comes from the Most High it rains down from the sky it refreshes the broken spirit it restores righteousness and brings order into what was once devastated.

Now watch them regenerate and regrow they are renewed their beauty is revealed
they are growing into the future and a life filled with hope.

They’ve got skills they’ve got class they’re creative and the ancestors dreams can now come to pass.  The wounds of the broken spirit are now a thing of the past.

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Black History| Langston Hughes

James Langston Hughes

African-American Poet, Author, Social Activist

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As a poet and writer I felt it was fitting that I dedicate my Black History Month posts to my favorite African-American writers, poets, and authors.

James Langston Hughes born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. As a result of his parents divorce his grandmother raised him.  At the age of thirteen, Hughes moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her new husband.  It was in Lincoln that he began writing poetry. After graduating from high school, he spent a year in Mexico with his father followed by a year at Columbia University in New York City. Over the years he held several odd jobs including assistant cook, laundry worker and busboy.  Langston Hughes also traveled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman. In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D.C. Hughes first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published.  He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1927 and in 1930 his first novel, Not Without Laughter, won the Harmon gold medal for literature.

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Hughes is particularly known for his colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. He wrote novels, short stories and plays, as well as poetry, and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing creating what is known as jazz poetry, today known as spoken word.

Hughes stressed a racial consciousness and cultural nationalism devoid of self-hate that united people of African descent and Africa across the globe and encouraged pride in their diverse black folk culture and black aesthetic.

On May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes died of complications from prostate cancer.

 Here is one of my favorite poems from Hughes.

I, TooJames Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.  I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.  Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then.

Besides,  They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

 


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Black History| Paul L. Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar

African American Poet, Novelist, Playwrite

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As a poet and writer I felt it was fitting that I dedicate my Black History Month posts to my favorite African American writers, poets, and authors.

The son of former slaves Paul Laurence Dunbar was born June 27, 1872 in Dayton, Ohio.  His own father had escaped from slavery in Kentucky and served in the Massachusetts 55th Regiment during the Civil War.
What I love most about much of Dunbar’s work is the use of the dialect associated with the southern states of his time.  Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote his first poem at the age of 6 and by the time he was 16 some of his poems were being published in local newspapers.  His literary style is described as linguistically colorful with a brilliant rhetorical structure. Dunbar was prolific writer during his relatively short career he wrote a dozen books of poetry, four books of short stories, four novels, lyrics for a musical, and a play.  His first collection of short stories Folks From Dixie (1898), my personal favorite, it is  sometimes described as a “harsh examination of racial prejudice.”

Paul Laurence Dunbar died from tuberculosis on February 6, 1906 at the age of 33.  Here is one of my favorite Dunbar poems of course it’s about love!

Invitation To LovePaul Laurence Dunbar

COME when the nights are bright with stars
or when the moon is mellow;

Come when the sun his golden bars
Drops on the hay-field yellow.
Come in the twilight soft and gray,
Come in the night or come in the day,
Come, O love, whene’er you may,

You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,
You are soft as the nesting dove.
Come to my heart and bring it rest
As the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

Come when my heart is full of grief
Or when my heart is merry;
Come with the falling of the leaf
Or with the redd’ning cherry.
Come when the year’s first blossom blows,
Come when the summer gleams and glows,
Come with the winter’s drifting snows,
And you are welcome, welcome.

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Inspirational Poetry| You

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Don’t lose sight of yourself trying to become someone that You are not.


Often times it’s the very essence of your true self that’s left blowing in the wind lost and confused trying to reconnect with what’s left of a stranger who used to be You
Being yourself is easy once You have accept who You are not
Because who You are is what the world is in need of most the world needs what You have got.

To pretend to be another is to become some reproduction some counterfeit copy a cheap imitation and your true grace is being wasted
Be who You are let your inner lights shine bright let your ideas in this life soar and take flight as You continually gain knowledge growing in wisdom and insight
What the real You has to offer gives the Universe great delight.

Every one of us is unique in the joys we give in the songs we sing
Sing your song sing it in your key release your true self receive your destiny just as it’s meant to be You.

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Agape Love| from Takei Inspirations™

Conquer the devil with a little thing called love -Bob Marley

 

I truly love the man the legend that was Bob Marley regardless of any faults he may have had his life exemplified living in love.

Have you ever considered the power of love?  There are several types of love but the love I speak of  is called Agape love.  This love unconditional it sees beyond the outer appearances and accepts the recipient just as he or she is, regardless of their flaws or mistakes. This is the type of love that I strive to have for my fellow mankind.  The word agape is a love in the verb form meaning it is the love demonstrated by your behavior towards another person.  It is a commitment and definitive decision to love.

Love has the power to cover every mistake any of us has ever made in life.  When you sow love into the life of another you can fully expect to receive love as a harvest!

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Inspirational Poetry| I am Happy By Takei Inspirations™

I am Happy

The fullness of happiness is hard to contain when you have it you can sense and it becomes easy to explain I’m full of this happiness and a joy that covers me in a glory and a love that does the same. 

When love is visited upon me I find it impossible not to reply in like kind to share it is to perpetuate it and to receive back more of this love since  I’ve been told we reap what we sow.

It is hard to image a life filled with more satisfaction when I think of the love and the joy that I feel when I realize that mercy said no to the tribulation trying to take me down again and again.  I am happy visualizing simply me with no need to create images of one who isn’t me

Happiness not revealed through natural materialistic things but through the joy that living a good life brings.

Given without stress no doubts no tears given to me freely out of love minus any fear and I am happy.

 

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