You will notice that my COVID portraits have a certain style. They are interpretive self portraits, intended to show the prevailing mood. They show what I was doing on the day I made the portrait – one a day. They also have this in common:
- Almost all use Rembrandt-style Chiaroscuro lighting. Achieved with careful exposure of the background, and then one gridded speedlight added. 45º above my face, of course, and at a 45º angle.
- I desaturated the colours and increased definition. Other than that, and some cropping, they are straight out of camera.
- They are landscape-oriented.
- I used a wide angle lens: 16-35 on a full-frame camera.
- I used a self-timer, so I used back-button focus and a small aperture (high f-number). That way they are immediately sharp, without me having to take the photo a dozen times.
So – have you done self-portraits recently? If not, I suggest that you do. Later, you’ll look back at these days.