I've never actually turned the camera on myself before.. and since it's all cold and snowy outside today,, I figured I'd just hang out and be a narcissist for the day and practice taking self portrait photos.
The whole process took quite a while.. I had to go through an awful lot of photos just to get a few that I didn't hate… Then there was doing post on the ones I could live with,,, and finally a little montage layout which takes a while (if you've ever done layouts,, you know it's oddly difficult for what seems like such a simple task).
I just used an empty wall in my office for the backdrop since I knew I was going to go black and white anyway. And the style I used of burning out the edges of the photos makes the background irrelevant anyway as long as it's plain.
The hardest part is focusing since you can't focus on yourself while taking the photo. Basically I focused on the wall first. Then went to manual to bring it in a bit (since your face is actually closer to the camera then the wall). I just shot and then checked and then shot and changed again, until I got it right.
I used natural light from the window (blinds down to prevent hard hot spots) and used a strobe (nikon SB600) off camera pointed at the celing coming from the same direction as the window. I used no "filler" light because I knew I wanted a hard shadown effect from one side.
Post was done in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.. (love that software).
Anyway,, here they are..