Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style.  I can’t help but think of the classic fruit in a bowl, or candlesticks with vegetables and a pheasant or a couple of fish.  I guess it’s the original foodie pictures. But this is certainly not limited to food, flowers, clothing; any everyday object can work here.  The idea is to create a pleasing arrangement of items with some sort of theme and capture an image that represents the impression, sentiment, and feeling  that they invoke or that you are trying to create. 

This is week seven of my “Project 52” and as usual, I’ve included the tips and such that I shared with other members of the group.  Above is the image that I submitted and interspersed are a couple of galleries that have some of the other images that I took.  

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Tips, Tricks & Suggestions

  • The usual aperture, shutter speed, DOF, tripod are always going to pay a part in your projects

  • Pick a theme for yourself. Select a theme and gather a few items that fit that theme. 

  • Try arranging them in a number of different ways. Height and relationship to the different elements will help give different things prominence and notoriety. 

  • Pay attention to the light. Highlights and shadows will define the mood of your picture

  • You can also use a reflector or second light source to add light into the shadows to help create a lighter mood.

  • Use desk lamps or some sort of light that you can move easily.

  • You can also take everything outside or use window light.

  • Select the background and floor (or whatever is under your elements) as they will add to the mood and style of your image.

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