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  • Writer's pictureVanessa Skotnitsky

Self Portraits in Small Spaces

Shooting self portraits at home can feel like a impossible challenge if the living space you are in is quite small and doesn't allow for a fancy set up. There are a few things that you can do to still make it work, you just have to think outside the box a little bit!!

1. Mirrors

If you shoot with an available mirror in your space you automatically double the visual space in your images. It also provides a great opportunity to get creative with your shots.

2.Unexpected Surfaces

Clearing out and using an unexpected space, such as the top of a dresser to sit on or some other surface like a kitchen counter will also bring a creative look to your images while providing space that you originally thought you didn't have.

3. Wide Lens

If you have the option of changing out your lens or even just the mode on your camera, swithching to a wide lens option will bring in more space around you in the image and give the illustion that the room you are shooting in has more space.

4. Have a Plan

If you already have a clear idea of how you want to edit these images, what aspect ratio, composition and posing you want and are able to achieve, this will help you keep your photo shoot on track. Having a plan for your self portrait shoot allows you to work more efficently and visualize the end result. When you don't have a lot of room to work with, you don't have a lot of room for error.

5. Tight Crop

Shooting with the purpose of have a tight crop in on your face is also an option. Having the face fill most of the frame alleviates the need for having to put much effort into the background. This is perhaps the easiest and most common way that someone might do self portraits in a small space.

Here are a few images I took while shooting a video for how to take self portraits in a small space.

Check out the Video here for a more in depth look at shoot self portraits in small spaces.

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