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Creative Journey || 30 Days of Self Portraits

teacher avatar Lucy Lambriex, Let’s feel great around the camera!

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Lessons in This Class

40 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. What is this class about?

      1:28
    • 2. Class materials

      0:39
    • 3. What is a self portrait?

      0:44
    • 4. How it works

      1:36
    • 5. Day 1, the body part

      0:36
    • 6. Extra lesson project creation

      2:49
    • 7. Day 2, the object

      0:55
    • 8. Extra lesson on lighting

      4:07
    • 9. Day 3, peekaboo

      0:44
    • 10. Day 4, the mirror 1

      1:00
    • 11. Day 5, the book

      0:39
    • 12. Day 6, sculpt Hockney-style

      2:10
    • 13. Day 7, zoom out

      0:35
    • 14. Check in

      0:43
    • 15. Day 8, motion blur

      1:07
    • 16. Day, 9 upside down

      0:43
    • 17. Day 10, dressing up

      1:00
    • 18. Day 11, the mirror 2

      1:03
    • 19. Day 12, shadow story

      0:42
    • 20. Day 13, the record cover

      0:43
    • 21. Day 14, food play

      0:43
    • 22. Check in 2

      1:23
    • 23. Day 15, under cover

      0:38
    • 24. Day 16, wet and pure

      2:21
    • 25. Day 17, bird's eye view

      1:19
    • 26. Day 18, the mirror 3

      1:41
    • 27. Day 19, the object, a series

      1:06
    • 28. Day 20, together

      1:05
    • 29. Day 21, half

      1:00
    • 30. Checkin 3

      0:50
    • 31. Day 22, bodyscape

      0:50
    • 32. Day 23, a well lit portrait

      1:33
    • 33. Day 24, your favourite space

      0:36
    • 34. Day 25, the mirror 4

      0:56
    • 35. Day 26, the timer

      0:53
    • 36. Day 27, come alive

      1:16
    • 37. Day 28, the embarrassment

      0:54
    • 38. Day 29, a cause

      0:50
    • 39. Day 30, your own rules

      1:18
    • 40. Checkin & out

      1:15
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About This Class

This class will be fun, creative, exciting and perhaps a bit scary too. You'll make 30 self portraits, using yourself as 'material' to express an idea, a mood and if you're up for it, simply the pure you. There are 30 prompts in total and I am here to support you when things get tough.

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30 days of self portraits is a means for self discovery, while boosting your creativity and learning a lot about photography in the process.

Are you allergic to selfies? Are you uncomfortable capturing your face? Then this class may still be for you. We will surpass the selfie and use ourselves as subjects to express ideas and to make pure portraits. 

You can do the class in a month, spread it out over a longer period or do it faster. It’s all about you and your own pace.

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In 2008 I joined a 365days project, where I made a daily self-portrait for a year and posted them on Flickr alongside hundreds of others. It changed the world for me in many ways.
In 2017 someone discovered my photos and interviewed me for Shutr Magazine about the positive and even healing effects of this year long project. It reminded me of how powerful and wonderful self portraiture can be, so I decided to make this class. It's creative, personal and you'll be learning more about photography by doing.

If this sounds interesting and attractive to you, I invite you to take my class. I'll be there every step of the way, whenever you enter and however long it takes for you to finish.

Come and join me!

Warmest wishes, Lucy Lambriex

PS: With this link you can get two months of Skillshare premium for free: 

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Lucy Lambriex

Let’s feel great around the camera!

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Hi! I'm Lucy Lambriex (she/her) from Amsterdam. I portray camera shy people who need authentic portraits for their business, and since 2008, I also make a living with my portfolio on Getty Images. 

Are you camera shy? With my classes, I help you gain the courage to show up in front of the camera and I help the photographer to capture you!

If you are a professional or aspiring photographer, who wants to start working with people, but you have no clue how to make your subjects feel at ease, you came to the right place. I'm here to teach you how to build rapport with your subjects and capture their aliveness and true self.

NEW CLASS: The Authentic Portraiture Toolkit. Learn my methods... See full profile

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1. What is this class about?: 30 days of self portraits as a means for self discovery. That's what this class is about. It aims to boost your creativity, and you'll learn new angles to look at yourself while learning a lot about photography. Even if you are allergic to selfies or you feel uncomfortable capturing yourself, this class may still be for you. We will surpass the selfie. You will use yourself as a subject to express ideas and we'll be making pure portraits. There will be 30 prompts to get you going, and you can do the class in month, spread it out over a longer period or go faster. It all depends on your pace. In 2008 I participated in a year long challenge on Flickr, where I posted a daily self portrait alongside hundreds of others. I learned so much from this experience. I ran into trouble. I didn't like what I saw in the picture. I didn't have any ideas, but the big take away from this: I discovered I was allowed to be in front of the camera I didn't have to hide behind it anymore. I experienced a huge breakthrough in my creative expressiveness, and I learned to look at myself as a whole being instead of a collection of imperfect details. Do you feel like exploring this too? Come join me in this personal and creative adventure. 2. Class materials: like for all of my classes. You don't need anything special for this one. Just your smart phone or a camera, a tripod or a stack of books. Sometimes it can be helpful to have an extra person helping. Get to know your self timer and you'll need a mirror. For some assignments, there are some other materials needed, But I'm certain you have those lying around your house somewhere. And for some of the lessons. Photo editing software comes in handy. Most of the assignments can be done without any extras though. 3. What is a self portrait?: What is a self portrait? Let's define this for the purpose of this class. Anything we create or do is in fact an expression of who we are, so could be called a self portrait. But for this class, I ask you to capture at least one body part in every image. So at least have an eye or a hand or toe or rib show up in all your images. And after playing in this safe manner, you'll work towards showing the whole you. Or much as you feel comfortable. And you'll investigate how it feels to emerge. If you like showing your face, you may of course go faster. 4. How it works: The class project will be the basis of this class where you will keep returning. You will update it frequently with your newest portraits. Waaaah! Does it scare you? I get it. It can be daunting at first, but please do share your photos, even if it's only is a tight crop. Or perhaps just a written account of how it went. Sharing and thus becoming visible, adds a lot to this journey. By being vulnerable, we can discover a lot about ourselves, and we can inspire others to grow the courage to become visible too. I would love it if you would share part of your journey on instagram too, using the hashtag #30dayscreativejourney. Also, check out the inner travel journal that I've created for you. It contains all the important work sheets, and you can find it under the class project materials. (sorry FB group is discontinued) so let's do it. There will be 30 prompts and pay attention to yourself when you find yourself gravitating towards certain ones who are running away from others, especially the ones you're trying to get away from may be the ones who need. On the other hand, be gentle with yourself. Don't go too fast. Don't force yourself, so check with yourself and then you'll be fine. Let's go to day one. 5. Day 1, the body part: Day one. Let's dip a toe into the water. Let's start of easy and only portray one small body part. You may literally portray your toe. Or maybe your eye, like I did in my 365 days challenge. Take a least two pictures of this body part in two different ways. Vary the angle and the crop and play with the focus. Then create a new project for this class under your project and post one or more of your portraits. 6. Extra lesson project creation: Extra lesson on project creation. There is not one way to do it, but I'll show some examples that work well. And I'll give some pointers about the navigation of the page. At the end of this video, you can find a short demo of how to access your project on your phone in a browser. Unfortunately, I have not yet found out how to do it in the Skillshare app. So when you open the class in your browser, you see the large video and below it, you can find info about the class, the community, your project and all projects. Click your project, scroll down, click create project, Then start adding the project cover image. I recommend refreshing this whenever you upload a new portrait so other students and I will see on the overview page what you've been creating. I'll show you two different examples that work well as a project page. Charles uses to protect title and cover image to list his latest portrait and adds the new ones above the older ones. It means each new day, he will have to replace the cover image and upload the older one into the page as a normal image, and this is no problem. If you are well organized. This one is by Jeroen, and he refreshes the cover image with his latest portrait and also adds this image below the previous ones. The benefit of this approach is that you won't have to look for any older images the next day. Highly recommended for disorganized people. But both are good ways to do it. Let me show you a bit more about how this page works and how to put the text and images and videos where you want them to go. In this example, I'm uploading my day three and I use the slider to fill the hole space. Then I add the project title, and you can add the day and perhaps a title for that image in the text field. I'm making it bold. It also listens to keyboard shortcuts, so command or control B. In this case, if you want to add other media, like images, video or links, make sure to put your cursor where you want the media to appear. Adding video is fun, too I, for one, love to see some behind the scenes footage of your photo making. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and copy the share link. Paste it here: press Enter. Et voilá! When you're watching classes on your phone or tablet, you can also create a project, but you need to get in the desktop view of the page. Also view it in the browser and not in the Skillshare app. Scroll all the way down and click 'read more'. Then you will see the same page as on your laptop or desktop computer. Good luck organizing your project. 7. Day 2, the object: Day two. The object. The things we surround ourselves with, speak volumes about us. We have carefully selected them or received them as gifts, or we find them tasty. When we look at them, a feeling may be evoked. Use that in your portrait. Pick one object without thinking about it too much. Portray it in such a way that you or part of you will be in the picture as well somehow. Please experiment. Be creative and play with the focal point. Share it under your project. (sorry FB group is discontinued) By the way, if you find yourself being very camera shy, I can recommend taking my class Courage for the camera shy. It is full of playful tips and tricks, and it will help you gain the courage to show up in front of the camera. 8. Extra lesson on lighting: Extra lesson on lighting. I received a few requests on sharing a bit more on lighting, and I've decided to combine two lessons from an earlier class, 'Master the light and mood of your head shots', to give you a little push, towards making better light for your pictures. You know how I have said that you shouldn't strive for perfection? I don't believe in perfection. I don't believe it exists, and we would never know when we have arrived. Uh, but we have an idea that that it does exist and it usually chokes us up. There's nothing wrong with striving for better images, though. If you look at my photos from 10 years ago, the ones that I'm sharing in this class, they're not so good. The lighting is usually not very good, but during that year I learned a lot, and I think I improved my images a lot. So if you want better, images, make better lighting. Here goes. When there is light, there is shadow and the shadow is equally important for the result. It shapes your subject and determines the mood of the surroundings and the whole image. When the light source is far away or small, relative to the person or object, the light and the shadows are harsh. Think about sunlight. Yes, the sun is in fact enormous, but it looks small, since it's so far away. On a cloudy day however, it becomes huge, and the clouds have the light come in from all directions, and the shadows the sun now produces are very soft. So, the larger the light source, the softer the light and the smaller the contrast, as it envelopes the subject. There is a downloadable Pdf that summarizes what I've explained in this lesson. You can find it under 'your project'. Look at this portrait, taken by only window light on an overcast day. Although this lighting is nice and soft on one side, you can see the face is split in half diagonally, and it's quite dark on one side. Also, there is hardly any catch light in the eyes. That is the tiny reflection in the eye that makes it pop. The first thing to do, is ask the model to turn a tad towards the light, and you can see an instant improvement. The face gets a more sculpted look. The features become more clear and a lovely catch light has appeared. When the room is dark, like in this example, and not reflecting much light back to the subject's face, the shadow side will be dark, and the large contrast feels more dramatic than when the light is reflected back. The second thing we can do, is reflect some light back to the face to soften the contrast, modify the shape and thus change the feel of the portrait. Look at how the shape of the face changes and how the mood becomes friendlier and softer, as I reflect some light into her face. For a natural lighting effect, it is best to hold the reflector high. You won't get strange lighting effects or creepy shadows. Remember how you used a flashlight under your face when you were at camp? Even the catch light in the eye will be more beautiful than when you hold it low. Here's another tip. Always bring along your reflector, so when you want to make a beautiful backlit portrait outdoors, you won't end up with a silhouette. This should already help you make better lighting for your photos. To watch the whole class and get more low tech lighting tips, no expensive gear required at all, just day light and some household materials, go to my profile page and find the class. Or click the link I added right here in the notes in the video status bar. 9. Day 3, peekaboo : Day three. Peekaboo. To make a lively portrait, it helps to emerge from behind something else. Somehow, the joy of playing peekaboo, remains with us as adults. At least I like it. So set up your camera, use a timer or a remote control if you have it, but it can definitely be done with a timer too. Just practice and find out how long 5 seconds or 10 seconds take. And enjoy all the bloopers. Hide and emerge, hide and emerge. Repeat until you get tired and upload the best result and the worst result to your project. I look forward to it. 10. Day 4, the mirror 1: Day four. The mirror. There will be three more mirror prompts, and the execution will take a little more time on average, if you want to get the most out of it. Find a mirror and sit down in front of it, to answer the questions in your inner travel journal, on day four, The Mirror one. Press pause before you continue and return after filling in the answers. Now that you've sat down and given the answers, put the mirror in an unusual place, like outdoors, the kitchen, on a rooftop or on your floor, turn your back to the mirror and take a picture of yourself, or part of yourself, via the mirror. This may take some practice. Share the image in your project and describe your experience. Did you learn anything? 11. Day 5, the book: Day five. The book. Today's inspiration will come from a book. Pick any book you like and open it. Close your eyes and point your finger at the page in the book. The word or image you land on, is your prompt. Whether it is a juicy noun or a simple 'the', write it down, relax and wait till an idea pops up. However tiny. Some suggestions: Just pose with the word next to your face. Write it on the sidewalk with chalk and play a game of hopscotch. Write the word on your skin. Be light and playful. And, please share. 12. Day 6, sculpt Hockney-style: Day six: sculpt Hockney style. It is usually not advisable to zoom in on our details. They are meant to be together as a whole and for a reason, think elbow or back of knee. Nonetheless, Today you will dissect and reconstruct. You've probably heard of artist David Hockney, who made tons of photo collages in the eighties and after and has been copied many times since. And you will too because it is a lot of fun. It will make you look at yourself as material for a sculpture, instead of as a person that needs to be done justice with a portrait. We can put our ego to bed in this assignment. The images can be shot in several ways, and this is where the second person comes in handy. But if you want to do this by yourself, you can make a bunch of close ups one by one, holding your phone or camera. Or make a burst. On an iPhone, you do this by keeping one of the two volume buttons pressed and move the phone like a scanner. If you don't know, like me, how to do it on another type of phone, please do a web search for 'taking continuous burst shots'. After shooting yourself, load the burst or a selection, to a photo editing program that allows for layers. If you are completely new to working with photo editing software, you could make an old school paper collage. Or use the free online tool called Canva. Try it out. It's very intuitive. Put each photo in a separate layer and then the collage making can begin. I think it works best to have a variety of angles of the face. Remember, your goal is not to create perfect results. It is to experiment, discover and to have an enjoyable experience. Play with size and order. Repeat pieces. Chop them up. I look so forward to your results. Please share them under your project on Instagram with the hashtag #30dayscreativejourney. 13. Day 7, zoom out: Day seven. Zoom out. On Day six, you zoomed in, dissecting and reconstructing your body, and today you'll do the opposite. You'll zoom out and put yourself in a large space. Go outdoors, bring a tripod or something that can serve as one, like a friend. Find an open space, make a composition and choose a spot where you will be in the picture. Play with this and make a least two different compositions this way and share. 14. Check in: Check-in. You're well on your way on this creative journey. And I'm really curious to know how you're doing. Perhaps you've watched all the lessons before you started. Maybe you've done one each day, maybe all seven in one day. Please let me know in the community how you're doing. Do you have any questions? Would you like to share anything on your process? Is it getting easier being in front of the camera or more difficult? How about your creative juices? Are they flowing freely? Do they need more squeezing? It's all good. And I'd really love to know where you're at now. 15. Day 8, motion blur: Day eight. Motion blur. Today you'll be playing with motion blur. It can be used to emphasize an action, and you can make part of the image stand out. Motion blur can be created in any of three ways. One. By keeping the camera still and moving the subject. You. This approach asks for a long exposure time and may be difficult to recreate on your phone. Two. By moving the camera and keeping the subject still. This will create a fully blurred image. Three. By moving both camera and subject. This will result in an image where, if you move subject and camera at the same speed, it will create a sharp render of the subject and a blurry background. Experiment with as many of these approaches as you like, and use yourself or part of yourself to tell a visual story. Why are you moving? Is there a dance? Are you jumping, falling, Waving? Pick an environment that adds to the story 16. Day, 9 upside down: Day nine. Upside down. If you've never done this before, be prepared for a little shock or maybe a big one. When I took this image, I was quite surprised to see my whole face displaced. People commented that I looked like Christopher Walken. Now, isn't that a compliment? So if you're ready to start taking yourself a bit less seriously, let's do this. It's simple. Just take photo of yourself hanging upside down. Make sure there's some light in your face. And no cheating. Don't just turn the photo upside down. I want to see those faces hanging! 17. Day 10, dressing up: Day ten. Dressing up. Dressing up can not only be fun to do, but it can also be powerful and have a large effect on how you feel. Put on a wig and you become someone else. Wear a suit instead of casual clothing and you grow an inch. I ask you to put on something you normally don't wear. If you normally wear black, try and dress up very, very colorful or the other way around. And if you dress casually, try putting on some very serious dinner attire. You don't have to go as far as I did here. But try and stretch the limits, look in the mirror and move in front of it wearing your new outfit. How does it feel? What has changed? Write it down for yourself in your journal and share one or two of your photos in your project and on Instagram 18. Day 11, the mirror 2: Day 11, the mirror two. This is the second mirror day and today you'll be facing it, instead of turning your back towards it. Find a mirror and sit down to answer the questions in your inner travel journal, day 11, the mirror two. Answer the questions from the heart and: no thinking. Now press pause and return when you're done. Make a similar portrait to the one you did on day four. With this difference, you look into the lens via the mirror. So don't look at yourself in the mirror, but look into the lens and then press. After this, look at the results and write down in your journal how this was for you. Was it easier to look into the lens via the mirror than directly, or was there no difference? Share it in your project. And I'm really curious to hear about your experience. 19. Day 12, shadow story: Day 12. Shadow story. Using shadows is an interesting way to tell a story. Especially when you combine the real you with a shadow. Or the shadow you with something real. Experiment with both ideas and try and come up with more ideas. Hold something in your hand. Play with the angle. For instance, show the shadow projection of an arm on the wall without showing what is actually in the hand. If you can use sunlight, shadows will be nice and sharp, but softer shadows can be interesting too. Be creative with angles, sizes, distances. And, please share. 20. Day 13, the record cover: Day 13. The record cover. This is so much fun to do. Find a record in your own collection or that of one of your parents or friends with a face on it. Hold it in front of you in a way that it matches with your body. This takes some practice. Dress up accordingly and perhaps interact with the image on the album. If you can't find an album cover to your liking, you can use a magazine or even a painting. Play around and experiment as much as you can. Share your results in the project and on Instagram with the well known hashtag #30dayscreativejourney. 21. Day 14, food play: Day 14, play with your food. As a child, I was not allowed to play with my food. And I'm happy I'm an adult now and I can play as much as I can. I think as long as I don't throw it out, there's nothing wrong with it. Food is fun. It is beautiful and often colorful and sometimes messy. So play. Put that chocolate spread on your face, hide behind your veggies, attack that vicious egg plant. Make a clown's nose. Wear onion glasses, make jewellery. And if you don't feel comfortable using food, why not take a bite of something else? Yes... that is real soap. 22. Check in 2 : Check in. 14 Days already. Some of you may have already taken 14 portraits, and some have taken none or two. It's all good. And I'm really curious about your photographic endeavours. Have you noticed that by simply playing with the exercises and figuring out your photographic technique, it's becoming more easy to be in front of the camera? Or is it becoming more difficult? That's also possible. When I did the self-portrait challenge, I found things shifting on several levels. Slowly losing my camera shyness because I wasn't as focused on me anymore. I was simply taking fun images that happened to have me in them. How is this for you? Can you enjoy your craziness, your beauty, your playfulness, or are you judging? Let me know in the community below this class how this is going for you. Do you need anything from me? Can I give you some assistance? Do you need any technical advice. Let me know and I'll see what I can do for you. I'm here to help and I'll respond as fast as I can. When I'm online, that may be really fast. And if I'm out shooting portraits, it may take a bit longer. But you'll always hear from me. 23. Day 15, under cover: Day 15. Undercover. Today, let's go undercover. Use three different types of fabric or plastic. Vary the thickness and the translucency, like use a thick blanket or lace curtain and describe in your project how it feels. What is the difference when you use a blanket or something very transparent? Make it least three different portraits using different materials, and please share and describe your experience. 24. Day 16, wet and pure: Day 16 Wet and Pure I don't know what it is about being wet from water, but I'm fascinated by it. It can make us look so different. It can make us look very vulnerable or the opposite: maybe we're very strong. Um, maybe I didn't practice this well enough, because I lost my text. Today you'll be taking a photo of yourself dripping wet with water. I'm going to read what I was actually going to say to you, so I'll be right back. You know what? I'll just keep my notes here. When we look wet, we look a little bit like a child who is not aware of what it looks like. So our makeup, maybe running or our hair is not very nice anymore, and we become more playful, more pure. Today, I'd like you to explore this and to go somewhere. In the shower or outdoors, where you can have someone throw water on you, or just have the shower running. Put your camera may be on time lapse. Don't forget to take an image of the before state when you were still nice, nicely coiffed and your makeup, if you wore it, was still in place, Try not to influence your face or expression. Just be pure like, you know, just, I'm always in the shower in front of the camera. Or you could later express what it does to you, that makes you maybe playful or funny, or joyful. Make sure to have enough light and have someone present, with a bucket of warm water so you can stay wet while you are taking your photos. So you understand. I want to see your results. Share them under your project and on Instagram, and I see you after I've washed my dress. 25. Day 17, bird's eye view: Day 17. Bird's eye view. Get out your broom, have someone climb a tree or a roof top. Get out your drone. Today, we're going to take a bird's eye view portrait. When we shoot people from above, it can have an alienating effect. We don't often see ourselves from a distance, let alone from above. In this lesson, you'll explore this angle. You can make a simple, pure portrait, a stylized one or even a flat lay array, perhaps surrounded by your favourite stuff. In the German Children's program Die Sendung mit der Maus, they made a very funny sports series Fußball im Liegen: soccer while lying down, seen from above. I'm posting a link in the PDF document called 'Extras' and in the class notes. You will find those in the video status bar. I'd like you to play and experiment with this interesting viewpoint of yourself. Try out different poses. Ask someone or your pet to join. You can use props, perhaps make a time lapse for extra enjoyment, and let's see those attempts and results 26. Day 18, the mirror 3: Day 18, the mirror three. On this third mirror day you'll have three things to do. One. You try to catch the real you. Two. You use the mirror as the frame for your head. So not as wide as I am doing here, but just the head and maybe the shoulders. And three. You'll make a good composition. Put the mirror somewhere interesting or simply nice, so your face will be surrounded by beauty or chaos or emptiness or anything you like. Choose an environment that suits your present mood. Try to keep the camera out of the frame so it will just be you there. Look into the lens via the mirror. The best way to bring out the real you is to show some energy in your eyes, so you won't just catch the surface. A good way to do it is to look away, breathe in, and as you breathe out, you come back to the lens, so... don't pout, don't puff, just sigh. So... The timing may take some practice, but you can ask someone else to help or just do it again and again until you succeed. And often times the failures are better than the perfect ones, so don't bother. It's no problem. If you don't do exactly as I tell you, just do it. Follow the process and show the results. 27. Day 19, the object, a series: Day 19. The object. A Series. You're going to pick an object that speaks to you and that allows for different interpretations when used differently. In my 365 days challenge, I was often looking for ideas. And then I remembered these small traffic cones that I used for motorcycle practice. There was an abundance of possibilities, and I discovered many aspects of myself, like chicken, Statue of Liberty, fashion icon, gnome... while playing with the cones and expressing silly ideas. So now it's your turn. Find an object that inspires you to discover the borders of your creativity. You'll find out there are no borders. You will soon find that something simple has more possibilities than something complex. Make three completely different images with your object. Horse around, be crazy, go wild and also be still. Discover, experiment and share. 28. Day 20, together: Day 20. Together. So far, most of you will have done the exercises by yourselves, maybe sometimes with the help of a friend. Today you may invite that friend or many friends or animals into your portrait. This will create new possibilities and also new difficulties with regards to focus and lighting, for instance. But also you will have to deal with composition and perhaps the other person's awkwardness and camera shyness. Your prompt: Make a portrait in which you interact with someone else. By being in the image together, a different story can be told. A new meaning arises. You can apply some of the techniques and ideas from previous prompts. Like motion blur, shadows, using an object, etcetera. Just play, experiment and check which lighting works best for both of you. Let's see what you came up to. Uh... with. 29. Day 21, half: Day 21, Half. Today, you'll cut yourself in two pieces and tell an ambiguous story. You may choose which type of meaning you want to express. Use day and night, male - female, inside - outside, going out, staying indoors. Anything goes. There are a few ways you can approach this. Dress yourself up in two halves and take one image. You can make a seamless edit or cut yourself in two halves and simply stick the halves together visibly. If you are good with photo shop or want to learn by doing a project like this with a seamless edit could be interesting. Maybe you cut yourself horizontally or diagonally, or maybe you have a totally different idea. I look forward to seeing your ambiguous portrait. It's 30. Checkin 3: Check-in. You are now 21 days on your creative journey, and I would love to know how you're doing. Many of you are already sharing your projects and if you haven't already, please do so or share just a little story in the community. Also, I'd love to know what it's like for you to spend so much time in front of a camera. Is it getting better? Is it getting more difficult? Did you learn anything new about photography? About yourself? Please let me know. So far, most of the prompts allowed you to look at yourself in an indirect manner. But from now on, it will become more and more personal, and I hope you look forward to it as much as I do. 31. Day 22, bodyscape: Day 22, bodyscape. Today you will use your body to create an abstract body portrait. You can use a large part of your body like so, or make a close up image of a small part of your body like your hands. Don't just point and shoot, but put some extra care into this. Have some light coming from the front, but also from behind, to give it a more sculpted look. A simple desk lamp or a piece of reflective material like aluminum foil, will work just fine. Experiment until you get a result that you like. It's OK to use props or draw on your skin, but it's not necessary to create an interesting image. Let's see the results. 32. Day 23, a well lit portrait: Day 23. A well lit portrait. in this class, you've been playing and experimenting with many aspects of photography, while capturing yourself. In the prompts, the focus has been mainly on boosting your creativity and getting to feel more free in front of the camera. All this helped to learn more about your camera and photography in general. Today, you're going to give extra care to the lighting of your portrait. You're going to take a portrait in front of a non-distracting background and not too close to a wall. Make a few versions with the light coming in from slightly different angles. You can achieve this by simply turning your head a little bit without having to change the set up all the time. If you haven't watched it already, please watch the extra lesson on lighting that I added after Day two. There are many possibilities and many setups that work well, all with different moods as a result. So it is up to you to find out which works best for your portrait, and as always, experiment, experiment, experiment! Don't be afraid to make mistakes and be open to happy accidents, and surprise yourself. Also, please share your set up with a little sketch or in a few words. So, other students can learn from you and me too. 33. Day 24, your favourite space: Day 24. You and your favourite space. The environment can have a large effect on how we feel. Some people prefer large spaces, some small, some very lively, some very quiet. Which space makes you feel good? Go there and spend some time before you start shooting. Then find a nice way to portray yourself. Try not to act. Just let it happen and please share. 34. Day 25, the mirror 4: Day 25. The mirror Four. This is your final mirror prompt. And today the prompt will come from within. Sit in front of the mirror and look at yourself. Look at the whole YOU. Don't scan the details. Just see the whole person that is reflected back at you. Look at you and see the whole package. The dreams. The experience. The good feelings, the sadness, the potential. Now portray the person that you see. You could do this exercise by making a video or a time lapse so you can catch many different moments. Of course, you can also do this by taking separate pictures. Please upload one or two of your portraits, and a short account of your experience. 35. Day 26, the timer: Day 26. The timer. In the morning, set a timer for some moment in the day. When it goes off, do this: Jump up and down a few times. Sit down, take a few breaths, feel your body and take a photo of yourself without trying to influence your expression. You can do this a few times. If you feel embarrassed because you happen to be on a crowded terrace or in a packed train, and people look at you funny, just blame it on me. Tell your ego to have a little break and that you will apologize to it later. You'll feel so proud of yourself. Describe how this went and share the results, Please. 36. Day 27, come alive: Day 27. Come alive. It's all about following our passion and listening to our hearts these days. But it's quite difficult to know what that really is. A few years ago I read this quote by Howard Thurman and it touched me very much. What makes you come alive? Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs, is people who have come alive. Do you know what makes you come alive? Do you know what makes you tick? What makes your heart pound faster? What makes you glow? Sit down for a few minutes or as long as it takes, and write it down in your inner travel journal. Then portray yourself in a situation in an activity, with a person or an animal, that makes you come alive. You can also evoke this feeling by visualizing or imagining that it is here at present. No acting, please, but let it come naturally. I look forward to seeing your results 37. Day 28, the embarrassment: Day 28. The embarrassment When we post photos online, we often try to show the beautiful moments, and perhaps even a bit more beautiful than it really was. We don't like showing the uglier moments, but whenever someone does, we cheer that person for their courage, and we really can relate. Moments like these can be very funny and help us see things in a less serious light. In my self portrait challenge, I made a series called Inconveniences of a Lady and it got me a lot of response. I recreated some moments that actually happened to me in my life. I would like you to think of an embarrassing moment and then recreate it for your portrait I can't way to cheer you. 38. Day 29, a cause: Day 29. A cause. Today you may ask attention for something you care about. It can be something in society or your own product or brand. It can be anything at all, as long as you think it's important. During my year of making daily self portraits, I focused more and more on vegetarianism and the meat industry. That's when I made the series with the veggies. And this one, which was scary and powerful to do. Pick a topic and make your point. Please share here and on Instagram and also write a little story that will be Google friendly, and you may actually grab more people's attention. Enjoy. 39. Day 30, your own rules: Day 30. Your own rules. The last portrait. Can you believe it? Like I said, The last ten portraits would be more personal than the first twenty, and today I'm going to set you free. You may decide how you want to portray yourself, and the only thing I ask you, is that you look into the camera. If this is too much freedom, you may recycle an earlier prompt. or you can set some own rules. You could tell yourself that the image has to be square. You have to lie down or jump up and down. The color red has to be in it or cannot be in it. It doesn't matter, as long as you set some rules, and you make the room a little bit smaller. Your creativity will be prompted by restrictions and not by complete freedom. So now you may practice boosting your creativity. And in the future, when you are at a loss, when you are drowning in possibilities or have no clue, you can remember this day and this portrait that you are about to take, enjoy and please share 40. Checkin & out: Check in and out. I can't believe this class is almost over. It was so wonderful to guide you and to see what many of you did with the prompts and to read all your questions and suggestions and ideas. We went from superficial and simple exercises to more personal ones. We touched on several photographic techniques and learned them by doing. Your creativity was boosted and showing up and sharing was encouraged. I hope you had tremendous fun in getting to know yourself better by simply shooting creative portraits. I would like to ask you to change the cover image for your project to your best one, the one that surprises you most or touches you most or makes you laugh. If you enjoyed this class, please leave a short review or drop a line in the community. Feel free to keep updating your project with new portraits, and ask questions as many as you like. Thank you so much for taking this class, and follow me if you want to know when I publish a new one. Bye!