|Olympus E5 and 35-100 Zuiko f2 lens at ISO 200 f5.6 1/250 of a second. Two image composite|
This all inspired me to order her book on Amazon which is titled 'Self Portrait Photography; The Ultimate in Personal Expression.' You can find a link on the top right of the blog. When the book arrived and I started reading it I was a little underwhelmed. It started off with discussion the art and history of self portraiture (which was interesting) and then several pages on equipment and technique such as why you should use a tripod or a remote shutter release. This bugged me as I hate buying books with information I could have written myself, but once I pulled my head out of the sand I realized her target audience for the book is likely people wanting to get started with self-portraiture. Meaning people that might not have any equipment or photographic knowledge of any kind. So, it wasn't really about appealing to photographers. If you have any basic knowledge of photography, I encourage you to look at the photos in the beginning chapters and skip the text. If you are new to photography it's a good read, though not really a detailed step by step photographic 'how to' section either.
The discussion then moves onto subjects like posing, locations and hair/makeup. This is pretty helpful for photographers working with models as well as self-portrait creators. A chapter on post processing follows which again might appeal to the more novice reader. Having said that, I appreciated her philosophy on post processing and particularly on getting the capture in camera as correct as you can before the editing process.
Chapter five of the book showcases several other self-portraitists. This was probably my favourite section of the book and in fact my favourite artist of the book was featured here, Annette Pehrsson who's melancholic yet peaceful imagery really inspired me.
The book wraps up with a discussion on marketing images which can be helpful to photographers that are self portraitists or just us regular types as well. Overall I really liked this book. I appreciated the art, and the process by which Natalie works. Several of her images were really inspiring for me as a photographic artist. I was even inspired to improve on the quickly produced image above with one that showed a better use of the environment which you can see in this post on the blog from December 7th. If you are wanting to pursue self portraiture I can't think of a better or more relevant book on the market. This book should also be of interest to photographers that find 'Miss Aniela's' images of interest as she does talk in general about how she produced several of her photographs.
Thanks for dropping by the blog, I wish you a happy 2012!