I wil probably regret this post. I don’t want to frighten anyone with this ‘selfie’, but I was experimenting at the Yeo Photo Group meeting last Tuesday with my camera, my flash and my mobile phone. This is the first time that I have tried this so please make allowances. Thanks for the help received from Steve and Keith, who both provided useful advice. It is still a long, long way from being quite right though, and I will try again in a more controlled environment. This post is mainly as a record for my own benefit.
The idea was to try to make it look as if my face was illuminated by the screen of my mobile phone. The phone wasn’t going to be bright enough to do it alone, particularly with the high level of ambient light in the room, so I was going to have to use ‘off camera’ flash and try to mimic the screen light. Yes, I know it is too bright and the angles are all wrong, but it was just an experiment. And yes, the back of my hand and the phone are also lit, but how else would you know I was using a phone. I need to show the screen next time.
I was going to try to explain the setup and setting, but I’m not sure that I can remember everything. The camera was at head hight about 3 feet away. Th flash was a little lower, off to my right a bit, and about 5 feet away. My camera was in ‘manual’, shutter speed was 1/100 sec and the aperture was stopped down to f11, in an attempt to darken the room behind me as much as possible. The rest was a ‘tidying up’ job done in Lightroom, but was mostly dropping the blacks considerably to further darken the room behind me.
The phone was not just a prop, as I was able to use an Olympus ‘app’ on it to wirelessly control the camera and view the image while I was taking it.
I’m going to try this again at home, but next time I will try to correct the failings mentioned above. I’ll also try to smarten myself up a bit.