To illuminate a series of glowering self-portraits—a.k.a. "selfies" among Instagram fans—the Dutch photographer Marco de Waal opted for the softly dramatic look of window light. Choosing an overcast day to shoot, he inserted himself between a west-facing window (A) and its dark drape (B). He then set the lens on his Canon PowerShot G12** (C)** to its widest focal length (a 28mm equivalent in 35mm) and its meter to the evaluative mode. ("The G12 is really great for this type of candid self-portrait because of its articulated LCD screen," de Waal explains.) Then, holding the camera in his extended hand, Marco turned its lens on himself and began exposing at 1/40 sec and f/4, ISO 80. Five minutes later, he had about 20 shots to work with. He took them into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, drained them of saturation, and cropped them. Finally, he selectively darkened and vignetted the image to give it a somber bottom-lit quaiity. The photo was one of a 365-day series of de Waal selfies.