Do you want to capture picture-perfect self-portraits but aren't sure where to begin? Here are some must-have photography tools and equipment you need—to capture dreamy self-portraits.
If you are someone who likes capturing self-portraits but does not have the budget needed to hire a professional photographer to get the job done, you should consider trying capturing self-portraits. You may be a travel enthusiast and want to click epic photographs of yourself in picturesque destinations while holidaying solo.
Chances are, you have not found the perfect photographer who understands your unique style. If you are trying to understand what gears and equipment are ideal for capturing self-portraits, it may seem like a challenging task, but not anymore! The guide below is specifically written for novice photographers—to help them find the right tools for their camera.
It does not necessarily have to be a DSLR because any device is a good tool if it can perfectly capture images—moving or still. For capturing self-portraits, you have to be curious and creative—you can experiment with different “cameras” to find out what you can create.
A wireless remote is a must-have accessory for your camera if you like capturing self-portraits. The self-timer on your camera can be used, but when you are pressing the button and running to pose in front of the camera, you might get interrupted by something or someone, and your expression might also change. On the other hand, a wireless remote can help you capture a stable snap, and all you have to do is hit the button after posing—to diminish the chances of getting an unsatisfactory shot.
While you may prop your camera on any flat surface, a tripod can make the entire process much simpler. Get a tripod that is sturdy and can be extended quite high to capture stable shots.
An L-bracket enables users to mount their camera—both horizontally and vertically. Most photos uploaded on social media are captured vertically (in portrait mode); however, without an L-bracket, it is not safe to flip your camera on the tripod because, with an added lens, your camera can become really heavy. Using a tripod without an L-bracket can cause your camera to fall off and potentially damage your camera and the lens.
You should get a fast prime lens because it offers a single focal length of 50mm or 85mm and a wide aperture of f/1.8 or even f/1.2. Fast primes are cheap and they ensure crystal-clear optics. As a beginner, you don’t have to shell out a hefty amount on prime lenses. Simply go for an 85mm lens, and it can seamlessly capture half-body, full-body, and headshots.
This kit provides daylight bulbs and floor stands. One of the best things about continuous softbox lighting is that you don’t have to get light meters and deal with strobe lights—which are typically used by professionals. This kit simplifies the process of photography.
Whether you want to capture photos in artificial or natural lighting, reflectors are a must-have equipment for portrait photography. Reflectors allow photographers to modify the light very subtly until the portraits look flawless. For instance, a reflector can help reflect light under your chin to eliminate dark shadows. It can also reflect the backlit sun to capture a beautiful portrait.
From a technical perspective, you can capture self-portraits using any camera and without any equipment—but if you wish to boost the quality of your snaps, you should consider getting these simple accessories.