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Stefan Riss
Self portraiture outside the box.
Self portraiture outside the box.

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black or white? What will it be for you in the upcoming ASPC challenge?
Self Portrait Challenge: White on White / Black on Black
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Choose white or black as your color theme and then create a self portrait image where you are shooting either white subject matter on white background or black subject matter on black background. See links below for more insight.

Submit your entry via
Google+: Post to the “Challenge Submissions” Category
Facebook: Post to the Challenge Event:

Questions? Feel free to ask in comments, make a post in the discussion section of our G+ Community, or send a message to us at our Facebook page.

Art of Self Portraiture Community on G+:
Facebook ASP Page:

You may find these links helpful:

Here's a gallery of great white on white / black on black self portraits:


Submissions accepted from July 1st - August 31st 2017
Entry must be a self portrait that is your original work and adheres to the theme. Only one entry per person.
The self portrait must be current (captured during the submission timeframe of the challenge), though composite elements of the image do not have to be current.

At the end of the submission period, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will select a group of 5 finalists and announce and feature these artists and their images. From these, one overall winner will be selected. The winner will have their work featured on all of our social media channels and be highlighted in a post on our website.

Please note that moderator judging is subjective (art always is!). Each moderator will cast their vote based on adherence to the theme and rules, as well as their own subjective impressions of the art and aesthetics of entries (such as emotional quality, creativity, overall technical skill required, processing quality, etc). Moderator votes are final and not subject to debate.

Current ASP Moderators:
+Lotus Carroll
+Mark Rodriguez
+Annie Weibull
+Joanna Koziara
+Jason Mayers
+Kelly Richards
+Nynke B
+Paul Bagley
+Ricardo Williams
+Sam Breach
+Stacy Vitallo
+Stefan Riss
+Tamara Pruessner
+Tom Tran

This image created by ASP community moderator Sam Breach.

If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, request to join here:
Google+ Community:
Facebook Group:
You can also find us here:
FB Page:

#selfportrait #photography #art #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge #whiteonwhite #blackonblack


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Ready for the MEGA challenge? Here's +Lotus Carroll 's reminder for the big Art of Self Portraiture's community challenge "All about light".

I had so much fun creating this all in one shot picture - light writing rocks but is harder to do than I thought.

So if you have an idea, involving light painting or not which fits the theme "all about light" and features you in it - go ahead and give it a try. Participating is free and fun and there are prices!

(no need to hurry. the challenge is open until November, but time flies!)
Don't forget to go ahead and work on your submissions to our 2017 Mega Challenge with prizes from +Think Tank Photo, +SmugMug, & +Capturing Couture (see sponsor links below).

ASP MEGA Challenge 2017: “All About the Light”
Submissions accepted April 1st - November 30th, 2017.


This is our only challenge this year with sponsor prizes, so don't miss out!

Sponsor links:

image by community moderator +Stefan Riss

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The Letter

For #SelfPortraitSunday "Vintage"

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Don't know what to do after Easter egg hunt? Join us for Self Portrait Sunday.
#SelfPortraitSunday This Coming Weekend - April 16th!

Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: No theme this week - create whatever you like!

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday:

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)

You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (April 16th).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, April 10th up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions:

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: 

Thank you to Kristie Benoit for letting us use her image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)

#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social

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No special creative subject for this; just playing with light, aperture and stuff and trying to get a high quality "natural" portrait.
It's always astounding how much thought you can put into these "simple" pictures. This is one of about a hundred similar pictures I took yesterday. Choosing this, editing contrast, sharpness, detail, color, crop(!), took me ages. And now it's time to let it go.

Hope you like it.

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SELF - portrait imitating the album cover of Johnny Cash's CASH album. Too late for the +Art of Self Portraiture's #SelfPortraitSunday's theme "imitate album cover".
If you like to know more about the art of self portraiture or give it a try yourself come on over and join the community. The lovely members are glad to help and provide plenty of inspiration to get started.


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I'm very proud to be co-hosting the February Self Portrait Challenge "Framed" with Lotus Carol, even more so because she honored me by choosing my picture as the cover for the event.

Frames are a lot of fun to work with especially as they allow you to have multiple pictures in one frame ... does that make sense? ;-)

Anyway: We are looking forward to see your ideas! So go out and get yourself framed. ;-)
February Self Portrait Challenge: Framed

What this means is that, in whatever way you like, use a frame creatively in your self portrait. Check out the gallery linked below for some inspiration.
Extended rules below.

Just post your entry to the “Challenge Submissions” Category in the Art of Self Portraiture Community (can be found here: If you’re not a member, you just have to join the Community to post, which is easy and we are happy to have you!
Art of Self Portraiture Community:

At least 10 submissions from eligible participants must be received in order for judging to commence and prizes to be awarded.

If you’d rather/additionally like to enter on Facebook, you can find the event posted on our page here:
February FB Event: TBA

Tips & Inspiration

Here's a flickr gallery with some inspirational "framed" self portraits:

Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired.

If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything. 

Thanks to community moderator +Stefan Riss for letting us use his image!


~1 Year +SmugMug Portfolio Account
(or comped value on current account)
~$150 Gift Certificate (restrictions apply*) for +BorrowLenses 
~+Think Tank Photo Turnstyle 10
~+Capturing Couture Credit for a discontinued Strap (shipping not included)

Please follow these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :)

There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen.

At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :)

Please Remember These Rules:

~Enter Only Your Own Work
~Enter Only ONE Photo
~Must adhere to this month's theme.
~Photo Must Be Tasteful/Artistic
~No Graphic Nudity, Violence, Sexual Themes or Otherwise Offensive Content
~Photo Must Be Taken in February 2017 (composite elements can be taken at other times, but self portrait element must be current)
~Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months
~No More Than 3 Wins Total
~Employees of sponsors are encouraged to participate, but cannot win.
~Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact
~Follow Our Prize Sponsors
~No Trickery or Spamming
~We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants
~Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A Participant

*Borrow Lenses Gift certificate codes applicable only to orders placed before their expiration dates. Gift certificate codes are for rentals only, are not transferable, are not valid on “for sale” items. Gift certificate codes are not stackable with any other coupon unless you are a BL member. rental orders only ship to U.S. addresses and renters must possess a U.S. credit card.

#selfportrait #photography #art #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge #frame #framed


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God of War


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I finally made a step towards the dark side ... and opened an account with facebook ;-)

So if you are there and want to connect:

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for the December art of self portraiture 'paper or plastic' challenge.

#selfportrait #photography #art #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge #paper -plastic- #creative
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