Taking self portrait is interesting. It takes usually plenty of shots until you can really get into that magical zone when things start to come. In first photos you are always nervous, but the tension is released when you keep pressing the shutter.
I took this image using a self made rig of tripod and monopod. My Fujifilm X100 is light enough to be propped this way, and it just works great.
Digital cameras nowadays really have the advantage of using high ISOs with very little noise, so usually you really don’t need to use flash unless the subject is moving fast.
Remember to have fun and experiment. That’s what photography is all about.
PS. The title of this photo is “Shrimp Dreamer”. My pose in this photo is actually a yoga pose “shrimp” which was taught by my yoga teacher.