Tutorial: “How to take self-portraits”, Part II – Focus without a remote and a tripod

While creating this video I was working with about 20 minutes of pictures and short movies. I knew that making one video out of it is going to be way too long, so I’ve used only part of it to make the one I’m sharing today, and the rest of it I’ll use later.

I say it again, achieving a reasonable good focus when taking self-portraits wouldn’t be such an issue if I had a remote, but I don’t have it and that’s why I want to prove and show you that YOU DON’T HAVE TO own one to take good self-portraits.

I know that many people get discouraged when it comes to self-portraits just because they don’t have a tripod or a remote or because they don’t want to deal with all that stuff all together. And I totally understand that.    

Sometimes the best opportunity comes spontaneously and having a camera with you should be the only thing required to take on that opportunity. No tripod unfolding and folding. No looking for the remote in our already cluttered bags…




btw, if you haven’t seen it HERE is PART I of this tutorial.

Have a wonderful day, my friends.

36 thoughts on “Tutorial: “How to take self-portraits”, Part II – Focus without a remote and a tripod

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  1. This is brilliant. I completely agree with ‘don’t aim for perfection’ it will only wear you down and make you feel like you just can’t do it. Have fun and be creative! Like you have found the some of my ‘mistakes’ have in fact turned into the best images I have taken.



  2. Oh you are just so fabulous Ewa, love, love the music in this, just a perfect choice for not taking one’s self too seriously. I just need to get out there and do this, thank you for the little push! xo


  3. Very informative. I recently got a new camera that has a Tripod but could not find the directions on setting the Tripod up. It’s nice to know that selfies can be done without one. I’ve tried before but usually don’t get my focus in the right place so I end up with cut off heads etc…guess practice is what is needed. Thanks for doing the video.


    1. Ida, at the begining of my project I often ended up with cut off head, or legs… but then I would move my body closer to or further away from the camera and compare the effects. it takes practice, you know.
      try to put your camera verticaly not horizontaly. that normally helps, too.


  4. I love that photo of you with the little one in the photo at the top here, how you’re down at the child’s level, fully engaged and delighting in being present and sharing the moment. Beautiful.


  5. This is absolutely brilliant…I had to laugh, because while I was watching this, I was saying out loud, “Perfect…this is perfect.” And then your comment popped up that said “don’t try for perfection.” lol! So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I felt you did a perfect job creatively in making this video. You have such a gift…thank you for making this video and for sharing it. You gave amazing tips…now if only I could feel natural and comfortable in front of a camera. That’s always my challenge!


    1. Thank you, Sherri.
      At the begining I did not feel comfortable, as well. I felt awkward, actually, that’s why I started taking pictures during my regular activities, like playing with kids, cooking, going for a walk… that way I got more comfortable with my own image and that allowed me to be more and more creative (and comfortable with the camera).


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