Today, former Creative Team Member, Beverly, is sharing her Quick Guide to Still Life Photography.
This is the second part in a series of Still Life Photography posts, and the last one in the series, though she might be back as a guest at some point.
Quick Guide to Still Life Photography
This is the second part in a series of Still Life Photography posts.
1. Still Life Preparations
Considerations for set-up
- Find a location with good light in your home and look for a window, or door, or even the garage floor with the door open.
- Establish what will be the backdrop to your scene, such as cloth, paper or similar texture.
- Determine direction of light, for example I tend to set up my scene with the light coming from the left side of the scene.
Create your set up.
- Stage the scene based on a theme.
- Gather a few items you cherish, and love, such as vintage bottles, antique dishes, tarnished silver, small family heirlooms, spools of threads, sewing items, hand made heirlooms, and flowers.
- Create a focal point around your main featured item, such as a flower, stacked dishes, a pair of ladies gloves, or piece of jewelry.
- Arrange supporting items around the focal point in a pleasing style.
- Move pieces around after reviewing the scene.
Shoot Your Scene.
- Begin taking photos.
- The beauty of taking still life scenes is having the ability to retake it at will.
Note. My still scene consists of a few old china plates, cup, and tarnished butter dish, long silver teaspoons, and a long snippet of clematis vine.
Below is a “pull back” of my set-up, unedited.
This scene was set up on my enclosed back porch in the morning shade (west side of the house) with good side north light.
- Layering up gives height and variation – The plates were stacked on a worn cutting board on top of a small hutch.
- Greenery provides movement, texture and color – Notice how the greenery supports the silver spoons and butter dish.
- Use texture and color variation to add interest – Create a hand painted canvas drop cloth by adding several coats of off white paint on a painters canvas.
- Place items fairly close in proximity to each other to create connection and a cozy ‘clustered’ feel.
- Shoot in manual, and with no flash, to avoid harsh color changes and unwanted cast shadows.
Edit in Photoshop or Lightroom.
- Upload your photos into your editing software, review and tag your favorites. O
- Note that once my favorites are selected, I delete all the others, to eliminate clutter in my Lightroom library.
Edited with a Lightroom preset, and cropped.
2. Through the Lens
Experiment with different angles.
- Move your camera around the scene with your camera to find interesting angles.
- Look from above and below.
- Crouch low and climb tall.
Edited in LR with a preset for a moody tone
Shoot from above
Combine with aA DigitalART
Create a digital scrapbooking or photo artistry layout using a FotoInspired Template.
- Clip the photos and DigitalART supplies of your choice to the masks in the template.
- Embellish and add words to personalize as preferred.
- See this post for further layout guidance.
In this tutorial, you learned how to:
- Choose a location
- Set up a still life scene
- Review selected items
- Take photos from different angles
- Create a digital layout.
POST YOUR LAYOUTS USING these Still Life in the Making TECHNIQUEs IN THE ANNAGALLERY.
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