Still life photographs
Still life photography can be rewarding
in more ways than just ending up with a pleasing image. Taking still
life photographs calls for patience and an eye for a good composition and
theme. Still life are among the best of visual exercises. Innumerable
famous painters, past and present, have turned to the still life at
some time. Much of their work has in turn inspired photographers.
Almost any object can form part of a
still life. There may be a collection of things with a particular link
– for example, objects brought back from visits to a particular
country. Such a collection could be interesting simply because
everything came from that place. But everyday objects from home and
around can be made into an equally satisfactory assemblage. When
positioning the items, always check the view through the camera. When
photographing flowers, which can wilt, or other fragile objects, adds
them to the arrangement last.
Equally, it is vital to pay attention to
lighting. This conveys mood. A still life can be photographed in day
light, but shooting indoors gives far better control of lighting. There
is no need for an elaborate studio or lots of lights; many pictures can
be taken with a single light and a few reflectors and diffusers. A tiny
adjustment of one of these, or of the position of an object, can make a
great difference to the way a shadow falls and change the effect.
The shot will be taken from quite close in, probably using a standard lens or a medium telephoto. Every little detail will show up – a crease in a tablecloth, dust on a plate.
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