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Friday Photoshare – Reading Takes you Places

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I am super excited (and a little bit nervous) to share my first ever Friday Photoshare vlog today! So many people have asked how I take photos of myself, so I created a BTS video demonstrating the process for Reading Takes you Places.

Reading Takes you Places - fine art self portrait

Reading is so much more than entertainment – it’s an amazing journey in your mind. Each book is another lifetime you can live, a world, time, or place you can visit. Research shows that reading about something activates your brain in very similar ways to actually experiencing what’s being described! Additionally, evidence suggests reading makes you more empathetic and compassionate towards others. Obviously, reading increases your vocabulary, writing skills, and concentration, but it also reduces stress as effectively as music. See – reading is awesome! If you feel like you don’t have enough time to read or aren’t sure where to start, I recommend checking out Rose’s post on her 2016 reading list and tips for reading more. It will help you!

Alright – let’s get to the video! I explain my set up, the equipment I use, and some of my decisions about props and wardrobe. I really hope you enjoy and find the video useful!

If you want to take photos of yourself, the technique of focusing on a stand-in and then either using a remote or timer shutter function works really well. If you want to use a wireless remote, there are many different options available depending on your camera and needs. I used to use a very simple wireless shutter trigger, but it doesn’t work with my current camera. If you’re just starting to get into taking photos of yourself and don’t want to run back and forth with the self timer, something like this is an affordable choice (Nikon version is linked). Now I use a wireless intervalometer/remote. Remotes tend to be pretty brand and model specific, so if you’re looking for one, please make sure it will work with your camera before you purchase! The intervalometer that worked with my D7100 does not work with my D810, and peripherals are very rarely compatible across brands.

I know I don’t need it, strictly speaking, but I want a CamRanger (incidentally, I believe it is compatible across brands). It allows you to control absolutely everything from your phone or tablet in a way the company’s apps are totally incapable of. It also lets you do awesome things like ISO bracketing, which is a technique I’d love to use for capturing sunrise/sunset shots. I absolutely don’t have to have it, which is why I don’t, but it’s on my wish list!

I really hope you enjoyed today’s Friday Photoshare and that you have an enjoyable holiday weekend if you’re in the US!

Natasha - The Artisan Life

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  • BeadedTail January 21, 2017, 15:40

    I enjoyed watching your video of the process to get that photo. That photo is one of my favorites because I love to read too so I get the meaning!

    • Natashalh January 21, 2017, 17:03

      I really like this one, too. =) I’m already planning another reading photo to take soon!

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