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#OurProject52 Week 1: The Unconventional Self Portrait

The selfie or self portrait is here to stay. But not every selfie needs to have you looking at the camera. Check out these photography tips for unconventional self portraits.

our project 52 self-portrait

1/52: WHO ARE YOU?

You know I love a good self portrait or selfie. Remember this post about upping your selfie game?

Selfies are here to stay, but what do you do when you want something different from your average smile at the camera photo?

You take an unconventional self portrait.

Here are five ideas that will help you get creative with your self portraits:

1. Take your face out of it.: Do you have something about yourself that defines you? Make that the focus of the photo instead of your face…….

our project 52 self portrait

Settings: Aperture f/3.2 Shutter Speed: 1/100 ISO:800

2. Do you have a hobby? A Habit? Make that the focus of your photo or show yourself doing it…

our project 52 self portrait

Settings: Aperture f/6.3 Shutter Speed:1/100 ISO 6400

3. Focus on a body part: your arms, your legs, your hands….

our project 52 self portrait

Settings: Aperture: f/3.2 Shutter Speed:1/100 ISO:800

4. Out of focus: make your shot dreamy or mysterious or creepy by not having it in focus……….

 self portrait

Settings: Aperture f/3.2 Shutter Speed: 1/100 ISO 800

5.Crop creatively. Showcase only part of your face: your eyes, your ears, your mouth…….

unconventional self portrait

Settings: Aperture: f/3.2 Shutter Speed 1/100 ISO 800

All of these photos were taken with my Canon 6D, my Canon 50 1.8 Lens, and my tripod. 🙂

So who am I? Wife, Mother, photographer, compulsive list maker and lover of all things coffee.

That about sums it up.

I am so excited that you all are joining up with us! You have until midnight next week to link up to our posts so we can see who you are!

Our hashtag for  Our Project 52  is #ourproject52.

Project 52

I’ve already seen beautiful photos up around the web, and I can’t wait to see more!

Head on over to Mimi to check out her post on who she is and tips for shooting with a tripod!

And next week’s Theme is Morning!

*this post does contain affiliate links, all opinions and ideas are my own.*

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  • Reply
    aimee fauci
    January 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I love reading your photography tips! You are so creative and talented.. like really creative and talented!

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    Reginia Cordell
    January 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I think I’m pretty good and cropping but these settings are a new ball game. Thank you for posting these. Will they work on all cameras?

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    January 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I finally got my tripod so now I can do more selfies of myself. I’ll start taking more pics after my move.

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    Christina Jones
    January 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I love these! Y’all have me wanting to pull out the old big boy instead of just using my phone, damn you!

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    January 8, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Y’all need to post up on instagram I feel lonely being the only one under the hashtag 🙁 Love the tips. Working on the morning one right now I had to wait for the light 🙂

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    January 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

    These photos are amazing. I love a good B&W. These are some great tips. I’m going to get more creative for the Morning shot.

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    January 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    another amazing post! i loved (and pinned) your “how to shoot toddlers” post as well. love!

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    tara romasanta
    January 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    your first and last image stopped me in my tracks. the eye contact in the first and your lips in the last. lovely to be on this 52 week journey with you! and is that the full list? i hadn’t seen it!

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    January 8, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Great tips!!! I’ll be linking up tomorrow with you guys.

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    January 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Love these selfies!! I agree that not all selfies should be “perfect”. I love the pic of your coffee and the blurry one. Very mysterious. Great post!

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    January 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Great pictures I love all of the variety.

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    January 9, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Ahhh I was going to crop one of my photos too.. I need to get you behind my camera for a day. You and your photos are seriously beautiful.

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    January 9, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I love your photo tips! This pictures of yourself are so amazing!!

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    Daenel T
    January 9, 2015 at 9:17 am

    *raising my mug to you* I absolutely love love love these photos of you. And the tips are fabulous!

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    Mandi B.
    January 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I LOVE this!! You are so purdy and the photos are gorgeous. I’m going to participate and not be a slacker. Lol! I look forward to learning more from you ladies. Great tips!

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    January 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! I love this photo challenge. I may need to play catch up and join in on it too.

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    January 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I’m seriously considering getting a real camera

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      January 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

      DO IT! I’ll teach you everything I Know!!

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    January 12, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Woo! A little late to the game but Im jumpin on this! Cant wait 😀

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      January 13, 2015 at 8:21 am

      It’s never too late! Welcome!

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    January 20, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Hey LaShawn, this is so cool I really like the week long and links up to others. Your peeps have been commenting on my blog via Disgus and its so cool.. thanks for the connections Sis! Youre so talented! 😉

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    January 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Hey LaShawn, this is so coo and i really like the week long and links up to other talented bloggers and photographers! Your peeps have been commenting on my blog and its so cool thanks for the wonderful connections to people who have similar interests! 😉

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    April 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Considering my right eye is lazy I NEVER try to look straight on. Not gonna have myself looking even crazier ? LOL love the tips and I need to incorporate all these tips and up my photon snapping game!

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