Two light setup for self-portrait
Self Portrait Tips
When my new Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and its companion ST-E3-RT transmitter arrived, I couldn’t find locate a model.
I’m not so fond of self-portraits for obvious reasons.
It’s tough to:
- focus on where you think you’ll be
- compose the shot unless you use live view mode and hook up to an external monitor
- visualize the final picture especially if you want to light
- talk to yourself and coax that expression you want out of yourself.
So if you’ll excuse this self-indulgence, perhaps it will give you some ideas on what you might do the next time you need a self-portrait.
What you might need for a self-portrait
If you have access to a room that has directional light, then all you may need is a tripod and some sort of remote to trip the shutter.
The self-timer will work in a pinch.
But that means you have to memorize exactly where you are standing assuming you have to step out of the frame to push the shutter release.
Since I was already lighting myself and didn’t want this setup to get overly complicated, I decided against “Live View” and an external monitor.
By the way, you can probably substitute that with placing a full size mirror behind the camera position.
The task at hand was to do a quick field test of my new Speedlite 600EX-RT and its transmitter the ST-E3-RT.
For now suffice to say that the new radio-based transmitter won’t trigger the older optical-based Speedlites that I owned namely the 550EX, the 580EX and the 580 EX-II.
But the new 600EX-RT Speedlite can be triggered by the older optical based system.