Best Tips for Taking Great Abstract Photos of the Human Body

Photograph Yourself Looking at Yourself in Different Ways

Look at yourself through different perspectives. You can photograph yourself using mirrors and the flash. Try placing an object in front of you so you can look at yourself through a window. Experiment with different angles, both close up and far away, but avoid taking photos where you are clearly recognizable. Take lots of pictures and find the ones that you like best.

Find a Place Where You Can Be Alone

Photographs of yourself can sometimes look rather lonely. To avoid this, you might want to find a place to photograph yourself where there is no one else around. A place where you are sure you will be undisturbed.

Choose a Good Background

If your background is too plain you might be able to see what you are doing, which could look odd. Look for a good, interesting background. You could use a blank wall, a mirror or even a door frame. Choose a picture that will help to hide parts of your body that you wouldn’t like to show.

Take Lots of Pictures

Try taking lots of pictures. Take several of each pose, but also some that are of just a part of you. This will give you lots of different options.

Practice First

Take your pictures at a time when you will not be disturbed. Get to know your camera and how to take the pictures, so that when you are photographing yourself, you will be in the right frame of mind.

Look at the Results

It is tempting to be pleased with your photos as soon as you are finished, but it is worth looking at them later on, after you have had a break. See if you think they have improved.

Other useful tips for you

1. Start by photographing a regular part of the body. For example, begin by photographing your hand, foot, leg, or shoulder.

2. Look for interesting shapes and shadows.

3. Use bright light. A bright light can give the effect of a flash but is generally less harsh.

4. Take pictures at different times of day, or with different lighting conditions.

5. Be patient. The final photo can take a lot of time. It’s usually worthwhile spending time with each image, to get it just right.

6. Start by photographing a regular part of the face, such as the nose, lips, eyes, cheeks, chin, forehead, or forehead and jawline.

7. Try to photograph in a different light. It is best to photograph in a well-lit room. If there is no light available, look for a shadow.

8. Looking at the photos with your partner or friend will help you see what they mean and help you discuss your thoughts.

9. Think about what you can do to improve the image. For example, perhaps the subject is not posing well. Is the pose better than the first shot? Does the background work?