This is not meant to be a tutorial, I just thought it would be cool to show the steps that led to creating my all time favorite self-portrait (as of yesterday). I use Lightroom for editing, but I won't go into technical details, the process is far more interesting and can be done in most of the photo editing programs.
First, the obligatory before/after image.
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1. This is the original photo I took in my bathroom.
2. I started by fixing white balance and brightness/blacks levels.
4. Next, it was time for some split-toning. I like mixing "cold" and "warm" tones (mostly to the "cooler" side) so I went for some green and red.
5. The right part of the image was a bit too dark compared to the rest, so I added some "light" by using a graduated filter with added brightness.
6. I was quite happy at this point, but there still was something bugging me. The background was distracting. I started dodging the lines and it was then that it struck me. Why not completely white out the background to make it look like a big light source? I also changed the color to give an overall greenish tint.
7. Finally, some fine brush work and the haircut!
I always look (too) serious in my self-portraits.
Here are my other self-portraits on Flickr that were taken with my iPhone.