Travel Photography: Shooting a selfie with Dr. Chris Brown

17th November 2016

When you’re shooting travel photos, sometimes the one person you forget to include in the shot is yourself. Dr. Chris Brown reveals a really cool way to shoot a self portrait as the sun goes down, and some tips on capturing the 'golden hour' late afternoon light as well.

When you travel there is such a huge variety of different experiences, locations and photos to take, and for me that is what travelling is all about.

This shot was taken at the very tail end of golden hour. It’s a really magical time because the colours are a lot richer.

What I was trying to achieve with this selfie is a really nice sunset shot involving a pier as the leading line down the middle. And I also wanted to smooth off the water with a long exposure time. It was a pretty windy day so smoothing off the water gives a more calming image.

In composing this shot, I used the rule of thirds. To do that, I put myself where the third lines intersect either in the top left hand corner or top right hand corner.

This time I used the top left hand corner, got the shot all set up and then used the 10 second timer. I used an aperture of f/10, speed of 1/100" and ISO of 100 and then an aperture of f/16, speed of 21" and again, an ISO of 100. It might not be completely perfect but it was a lot of fun!

When you travel there is such a huge variety of different experiences, locations and photos to take, and for me that is what travelling is all about.

Watch the next video with Chris: capturing the unplanned


Selfie Photo of Dr Chris Brown at sunset on a pier
Image of pier on Lake Macquarie taken at sunset by Dr Chris Brown
Image of mangroves taken by Dr Chris Brown during golden hour

Image credit: Dr Chris Brown, taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 
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