Photographing your own mental health

Welcome back, everybody,

For those of you who are new, my name is Hannah, and I'm going to be talking to you today about how to photograph mental health -- this is a different topic than what some other photographers tackle, which is entirely fair. I want to show you and emphasize today how you can capture your mental health rather than capturing mental health as a whole because it is just so different. We're going to focus on how we can tell our own stories through the art of photography. So let's get started.

Everything we do today will be with a phone camera. The reason being is I know many people don't have actual DSLRs, and that's completely fine. So I want to emphasize that everything I'm teaching today and for future classes, videos, podcasts, it can all be done with a phone camera. Most cameras that come with phones I have timers have rear-facing and portrait-facing cameras, making all of this super easy. The biggest thing that we're going to remember is for photographing mental health in the way that we see it and not how we think the world sees it. That's a big kicker here because many people know how the world sees mental health. We're going for the educational side of how we catch mental health, so let's get into it.

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Okay, so like I said, we will be doing everything on our cell phone, so I'm going to turn on my screen recorder, so you can see what I'm doing and how I'm doing it. It's relatively simple, I'm only going to go over one main photo idea today, and then we're going to build on top of that in later weeks. So first off, we are going to do a portrait by the window. So start.

Yeah, so we're going to be doing a portrait by the window. It's just going to be super simple. We're going to start by just taking a few different angles, and then we're going to go into the editing side of things. It's just going to be short and sweet today. You get an idea of what we're going to be going for but not necessarily the end product. Okay, cool. First things first, we're going to set our phone into camera mode and then an extraordinary portrait. Next, what we're going to do is we're going to take it over to the window, and you'll see.

As I mentioned, everything we're going to do today can be done through a phone camera. I'm going to screen record everything that we're going to be doing that way; you have an idea of how I'm doing it. So today, we're just going to take a few simple photos by the window, and then I'm going to show you how to edit them, and then I'm going to let you do whatever you want from there. And if you've found something or created something that you're like, Ah, yes, this is how I can express myself then fantastic, send it my way. I'm in the link below the video or the description of the podcast. I'll also have an attachment where you can see some other window shots that I've taken for mental health to give you some more inspiration and stuff like that. So let's get started. First things first, what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn my screen recorder on great, we got that going next, I'm going to flip it.

And as you can see me now, which is excellent. It's already in portrait mode. Now I do have the softbox up here, but you don't have to have one of those. I use it because when I'm sitting at my computer, it's easier for me just to be seen, which is excellent.

What I'm going to do is play with the reflection of the window a little bit to try and enhance my photos and make it more personable, make it have a little more of a personal touch that feels a little bit more right, so we can see that my reflections in there. I can lean; I also have my reflection on the board right here, which is excellent. So the next thing we're going to do is I'm just going to snap a few photos, not looking directly at the camera because that makes it just feel a little bit more. I change my head position a little bit. I can drop my arm, snapping some, I take a fair amount. Because I find that's what works most is you take a lot. And then you figure out what you want to do after that.

So, super easy to do. When you're playing with reflections, it's so easy to create something cool because there's, there's that add a little bit of touch that you have. So I can also if I'll show you how to do this eventually. And then another one where my face is happy. And I can merge the two to make something so that the reflection is painful and my face in real life is happy. It's just a combination of the two to make it look that much more accurate, as if my stuff, personal self, my mental health self were stuck behind the glass and want to be out. The happiness, the faking were covering it, the pretending like everything's okay they're living on with life because that's just what you got to do, you know.

That's how I would start all of this. It's super easy to do. Find a window, and it doesn't have to be a bedroom window. I chose a bedroom window because I kept roommates, and it got pretty noisy and chaotic. So I'm using my bedroom window today, but you can use a living room window to use a screen door. Still, I want you to practice using glass to your advantage doesn't necessarily have to be a window. You can also use a mirror. Still, I want you to focus on using glass to your advantage and try and play in on, like maybe there are raindrops or freezing rain, or perhaps you're just going to spray the window with a bottle of water, make it feel a little more alive. While using the basics of just a window right, every home has windows. So start with that and see where you can go. And then, from there on, we can work on adding it to our delight. That will be the next step.

I'm just going to use my basic phone editor, see what it has for me and go from there, so I'm going to pop into my photos. I do play lots of new talking like this one, and this one's excellent. It just kind of shows what I'm looking for and the emotion. I have the raindrops. I have the reflection of my lower face on the board. We're going to do now is pop into the Edit and see what there is. I love black, and my photos are fantastic. They tell a story, a little bit more than colour because you have to capture the emotion and the feeling in a black and white photo, whereas in a colour one, you have a little more leeway, and you don't have to be as precise for what you're aiming to achieve.

So from there, I'm going to go into adjustments, and I'm just going to see what I can find. We got our brightness in the foreground with Alex pretty good contrast, I'm a big contrast person, so if you ever see my photos, You probably noticed that I like to use contrast. It just makes it pop. I don't know, you might not be a contrast person, and that's good edit these photos will be edited to your preference. That's what these photos are going to be edited into, for the images are going to be edited for your choice, so do as you wish, and make it, make it you make it feel like it's you, you proud of your creation. Regardless of if it doesn't look like something you saw on the internet because this is what you're trying to create for yourself and not for anybody else. Right. I'm not asking you to post these on the internet. I'm just asking you to create something that you can be proud of that demonstrates how you feel, and you can look back and be like, Yes. That's how I think. That's a visual. Yes, that's how I feel. That's a visual representation of what my lows feel like or what my anxiety feels like, or what my bad days feel like; it's all right here in this photo, and we're going to go from there. A little bit of vignette, and then clicked on Save As copy and Bengo my photo is turned into black and white. I have myself looking out the window.

I have the reflection on the window of my lower face. It's adding that personal touch. I have the raindrops on the window, and it's all just super magical. This is one that I am proud of the most. Not all days are good days, but lately, I have been dealing with just personal issues, and I've been trying to figure out how to deal with them better. And I just wanted you to see what I feel like much time, and it's just looking out into the abyss, wondering when things will get better. Now I'm not saying my life is terrible. That's not what I'm saying. I'm just saying that right now, I'm just going to phase four things are a little bit harder between family stuff in school and exams and work. It's just, you know, it's just one of those times where you're excited for summer vacation and sleep soon. Yeah, that's the idea behind my photo, but I want you to create something that's for you, right? Maybe you're going to sit in front of something that way.

Maybe you're going to sit in front of a door. Perhaps you're going to sit in front of a giant floor-to-ceiling window. Maybe it's going to be a mirror in your bedroom, regardless of what you choose to do, do it for yourself, use props if you want to set your phone on a timer. I could have done that today, but I just wanted to move things a little faster. Feel free to put your phone on a timer; you could have fallen tripod if you wish to, like stack a bunch of books and put a water bottle behind, leaving your phone up against it. There are so many ways that you can do this at home without having to buy anything extra. Right, all of it is on our cell phones, and we can do it together. So I'm excited to see what you create. Feel free to share or keep it personal. Up to you, I will see you in a couple of weeks for our next lesson. I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend, and I will talk to you soon.

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