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Andy 
 

Setting Up Self-Portraits


How does one get a camera to focus for a self-portrait, without the remote release. I know you have to use the self-timer, but how do you get it to focus at the point where you plan to be? I'm totally lost how it is done with just a self-timer and no remote release


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4/15/2004 2:15:40 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
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  If you don't have the ability to manually focus, you can "lock-in" the auto-focus by pointing the camera at something that is the same distance away from the camera where you will be standing. Engage the timer, and press the shutter. The lens will focus on that spot. Then, quickly re-compose and get yourself into position before the timer runs out. Most point-and-shoot cameras will work this way. One thing to keep in mind if using an SLR for self-portraiture. Use a manual exposure setting - or, if using auto-exposure, cover the eyepiece, as stray light can enter through it and throw off your meter.


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4/15/2004 2:41:51 PM

 
Andy    They say God is in the details - and wow, I never thought of this. Thank you for the quick response!


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4/15/2004 2:56:20 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
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  Another easy way to pre-focus is to photograph yourself sitting in a chair. Then, it's easy to just use the back of the chair as your focus point ... set the timer ... press the shutter ... and have a seat!


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4/15/2004 3:00:12 PM

 
Joan Bellinger   I have stuffed bears that I've used to pre-focus for self-portraits.


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4/28/2004 3:44:25 PM

 
Andy    I did think of the bears, but I thought it would probably not work, because I had never heard it mentioned before! Thank you.


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4/29/2004 5:41:01 AM

 
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