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?

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

Photography 101 Series| Part II: Understanding Your Camera Mode Settings

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Welcome to the second installment of my new

Photography 101 Series: Understanding Your Camera Mode Settings!

This is basic beginner photography knowledge and tips that can help you on your photography journey—whether you are a blogger, photographer or hobbyist.

This series will be broken down in  3 parts and the first post can be found here of the breakdown of each subject in the series.

(Just In Case You Missed It: Part I: Understanding Exposure)

So lets begin…

 

Part II: Understanding Camera Mode Settings

  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro/Close-Up
  • Sport/Action
  • Night Scene
  • Movie Mode

 

Portrait Mode- This camera mode setting is best used when you want to focus on a single subject for a close up and personal portrait. A DSLR camera will generally choose a larger aperture (small f stop number), so that the focus will be more on the foreground or subject, than the background.

Landscape Mode-This camera mode setting is best used to capture wide open spaces for photographing nature, landscape and buildings. The camera will use a smaller aperture (large f stop number) to include as much of the foreground and background possible. This will also give you a large depth of field to help capture a wide scene of your landscape.

Macro/Close Up-This camera mode setting is best used when you want to photograph something (small or large)  up close. It’s generally used to shoot flowers, insects, and other objects. The camera will give you a very narrow or small depth of field, and you may need to use your tripod in order to keep your focus on the object. The flash or a lot of natural light is beneficial when shooting in this mode, as it will help to increase the focus on your object.

Sport/Action-This camera mode setting is best used when photographing moving subjects. Best to use when photographing a game or children, this setting helps to freeze the action by increasing the  shutter speed.

Night Mode- This camera mode setting is best used for night or low light situations. The camera will use a slower shutter speed to capture more of the background settings and will also use a flash to get the foreground details. Using a tripod will also help in decreasing blur when in this mode. Blur can be used to your advantage if used in party settings, because the blurring of party lights or dance floors in the background, add a cool effect.

Movie Mode-This camera mode setting allows you to record video (picture and sound) and offers a variety of settings to do it in. 144240, 360, 640, 720, 1080 resolution settings are the most common settings depending on the type of camera you have.

Cameras come with a variety of camera mode settings. The other camera mode settings might include, Museum, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Cloudy Etc . The key is to use the correct settings in the correct moment.

Tell Me…

What camera mode setting do you use the most?

Photography 101 Series| Part I: Understanding Exposure

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Welcome to the first week of my new

Photography 101 Series: Mastering Your Camera Settings!

This is basic beginner photography knowledge and tips that can help you on your photography journey—whether you are a blogger, photographer or hobbyist.

This series will be broken down in  3 parts and the first post can be found here of the breakdown of each subject in the series.

So lets begin…

Part I: Understanding Exposure

  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed

 The three elements (exposure triangle), ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed help to make up the main components of exposure in your camera. Exposure meaning the amount of light measured in units that allows it to reach the electronic sensor in a digital camera.

What is ISO?

ISO measures how sensitive the camera is to light. In most cameras, ISO speeds are 100, 200, 400 and 800. These speeds can increase with the level of camera that you purchase (point and shoot vs dslr).

*Quick Tip- Lower ISO= Less Grain/Noise Higher ISO=More Grain/Noise

What is Aperture?

Aperture controls how much light enters the camera through the lens. Aperture allows you to be able to adjust the depth of field in a photo. Aperture is my favorite mode on my camera, because I love taking macro (up close) shots.  Depth of field determines how much of the subject is in focus and how much the background will be blurred.

*Quick Tip- Shallow Depth of Field= f1.4-f5.6 ( More Light+ Blurred Background) Deep Depth of Field=f8-32 ( Less Light+ Background in Focus)

What is Shutter Speed?

Shutter Speed (exposure time) is how long the light entering through the lens (aperture) exposes the sensor. The shutter speed is very important, especially when shooting moving subjects. The shutter speed completely determines the motion blur or sharpness of the subject in your picture. Shutter speeds range from 1/30-1/4000 fractures of a second.

*Quick TipSlower Shutter Speed=Slows Motion (1/30 or slower) Faster Shutter Speed=Freezes Action (1/250 or more)

So that was a quick review of understanding exposure. I hope this gives you a better understanding of learning to use the light to your advantage in photography.

I’ve also found a great infographic with all of the important information for understanding exposure.

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Tell Me…

What type of camera do you use?

Will you try and adjust your settings on your own now that you understand exposure?

More information on Camera Exposure here

Your Channel or Mine YouTube Hop| #YCOMHop Link Up

Welcome Vloggers to the 6th Week of the Your Channel Or Mine YouTube Hop!
The Hop made just for your to share and connect with other Vloggers. Each week The #YCOMHop Hosts have such fun interacting with and getting glimpse of your world through your voice by watching and supporting your videos.
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We are on Week 4 and I’m meeting so many new YouTubers and New Subscribers!

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#YCOMHop Guidelines

1) Visit, View, Comment and Subscribe to your Hosts
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Welcome To The 1st Your Channel Or Mine… YouTube Hop!

 

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Natural Hair Product Review Featuring Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Product Review

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Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils natural hair product is fresh on the market and everyone is raving around about it. Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La was even featured in a Curlbox. It’s the talk of the town and I was able to try out and review two of the products and I have so much to say about them!

My Initial Review

 

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Product Packaging

Pros

This product range has beautiful packaging with color coordinating labels to match the product.

Cons

  • If you’re a person who doesn’t care for color in their products, this product line isn’t for you. The colors in the product line include orange, pink, blue and purple.

Product Fragrance

Pros

The products have a floral soft scent to them. They aren’t overpowering and they do leave a lingering smell after your hair is dry and styled. I found it be very pleasant.

Cons

  • If you have a problem with fragrance in your products, this product line isn’t for you.
  • Can be a little sticky if you use too much product.

Product Details

  • Sulfate-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Petrolatum
  • Can be used on any hair type and texture ( Not just for natural hair)
  • With the exception of Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La, you can use these products to achieve straight hair

 

My Product Review

 

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I used Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils In Control Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner on my hair for my cowash. I let the product sit on my hair for 10 minutes with a plastic cap to deep condition before washing. The product slipped through my hair easily and I was able to detangle my natural kinky coily hair with ease. The product literally melted into my hair. My hair immediately became soft and moisturized.

The conditioner has shea butter, extra virgin olive oil and keratin. All of these ingredients had my hair feeling soft and looking shiny. It was super soft and manageable after washing and air drying. My hair didn’t feel heavy or brittle as it did before washing. I had a lot of bounce and moisture.

Pros

  • Soft & Moisturizing
  • Easy Slip
  • Shiny & Bouncy Hair
  • Affordable ($5-6)

 

After I washed my hair, I used Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La on damp hair. I styled a twist out with this product and waited over night for the results. My hair was soft and shiny after using this product. I had no frizz and my hair felt moisturized. I actually had the best twist out results from using this product.

Pros

  • Soft & Manageable
  • No frizz
  • Fragrant
  • No flaking
  • Affordable ($5-6)

When I used Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy, my hair had so much slip when this product was added. I only had to use about a quarter size of it in each section. My hair also felt extremely soft after washing and conditioning my hair. The product left my hair smelling really great after styling as well.

 

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Pros

  • Great product slip
  • Moisturizing
  • A little goes a long way
  • Adds softness to hair
  • Smells great
  • Reasonably priced

Overall, these products form Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils are definitely worth a try. They are affordable and there is plenty of product pay-off. You won’t be disappointed if you try this product line out. Whether you’re naturally curly or have straight hair, Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils promote soft manageable hair. This brand has exceeded my expectations! I would recommend this product line to any curly hair woman!

Rating: 4 out 5

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, nor was I compensated for a product review. I paid for this product and all opinions are 100% honest.

Tell Me…

Have you tried Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils? Which product did you like from this line?

 

Summer Vacation

Going Away

We’re taking a break this summer on the blog and going on vacation for awhile.

I’ve enjoyed writing reviews, posts and keeping you updated on life.

I’m going to be working on lots of new fun things for the blog!

I’m going to be uploading pictures and videos of my adventures this Summer with the family.

I have a new vlog channel here and the site’s channel here on YouTube where I will be uploading reviews and tutorials. 

I’ll be uploading mostly from there and posting pictures for Project 365

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I hope you all have a great Summer!