When you’re on holidays and there’s no one around to take a photo of you to prove you were actually there, then the only choice is to take a self portrait. I’ve been doing these for years as I often seem to be travelling on my own.
It can be a bit hit and miss, but in the current days of digital it’s so much easier. If you don’t have the background that you want, or you are out of focus, then you can just re-adjust and take the photo again.
The key is, the wider the angle of the lens, the more background you’ll get. For example, in this first photo, I’m using the GoPro Hero 3, which is super-wide angle:
In this next photo, I’m using my Canon 5d, with a 24-105mm lens. Needless to say, this photo was taken at the 24mm end of the spectrum:
There’s also less distortion the less wide the focal length. However, you wouldn’t be able to get a photo like this otherwise:
It adds a whole different dimension to your happy snaps! Who said perfect composition was the only way to go?
With a camera like the GoPro, there is no depth of field - everything is in focus, which suits its purposes:
Whereas, with a ‘fancier’ camera, like the 5d, unless you set all the aperture settings up front, instead you’ll get what the auto function on the camera sets for you, which you wouldn’t have done if you were actually behind the camera, instead of in front of it:
Still, it’s better to get some photos of you while travelling, rather than just pretty landscape photos with no people in it!