Dou­ble up

Have some fun shoot­ing an orig­i­nal self-por­trait with Paul Gro­gan

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Cre­ate en­ter­tain­ing por­traits with noth­ing more than an old mir­ror

Self-por­traits are al­ways a good sta­ple if you’re strug­gling for in­spi­ra­tion – or can’t find a will­ing model to pose for you! The chal­lenge is to shoot some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. That’s where this easy project comes in – all you need is your SLR, a tri­pod, a re­mote re­lease (if you don’t have one, use your cam­era’s self-timer), and an old mir­ror.

For the ef­fect to work you need to be able to take the mir­ror out of its frame. The thin­ner the glass the bet­ter; very thick glass can re­sult in a dou­ble re­flec­tion that makes the re­flected part of the im­age look slightly out-of-reg­is­ter. The mir­ror also needs to be big enough to re­flect your whole face, but not so big that it be­comes un­wieldy – mir­rors are heavy, so it helps if they’re small enough to bal­ance on a table. It also helps to find some­thing to sit on while you’re shoot­ing, partly to en­sure you stay in the same po­si­tion, and partly so you can stay re­laxed while you’re pos­ing. Here’s how it’s done…

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