The “right” light can differ from image to image, as some darkly lit self-portraits are incredibly beautiful and moody. But generally, you want to have more light to manipulate when you’re shooting your image.
If you’re working with natural light, aim to shoot during golden hour, the hour before sunset. During this time, the angle of the sun produces a soft, warm light that’s perfect for self-portraits. You can also consider using a reflector or bounce card to direct light in your favour and minimise shadows.
If you’re using artificial light, there are tons of portable LED lighting kits and ring lights that will do the trick. They’ll provide you with a consistent, soft, and even quality of lighting, which will help you to produce well-lit, creative self-portraits time and time again. Our advice? Position your light up and at a 45-degree angle to yourself for a crisp, bright image.