The self-portrait, “A Warm Up,” or as my son calls it, “Mallard Man”, is a project I came up with (over a cup of cold coffee) to help me get familiar with my new photography equipment and become re-acquainted with Lightroom and Photoshop. For the last several years I’ve been playing around with iPhoneography and post-processing apps like Snapseed. Some serious cobwebs needed to be cleared away, and indeed they were.
To pull off the the final image I experimented with various selection methods, layer masking, adjustment layers, custom brushes, different dodging & burning techniques, lighting effects, retouching methods, filters, and focused on learning keyboard shortcuts to speed up the overall time in post. I also literally wiped the dust off my old Wacom tablet and began re-familiarizing myself with the wonders of pressure sensitive tools.
This self-portrait is the first time I used my Altura Photo flash. I attached the diffuser and fixed it directly onto my Nikon D3300’s hot-shoe. Shooting a selfie provided the opportunity to play with Nikon’s WU-1a wireless adapter, enabling me to see a live view of the frame before releasing the shutter remotely via a timed delay on my iPhone. Check out Nikon’s Wireless Mobility Utility app here.
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