LEARN HOW TO BECOME AN ARTIST IN “STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY”

TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHER:

ANNOUNCING ON JANUARY 4TH, 2018:  A SPECIAL PHOTO GALLERY OF “THE ART OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHY”.  A SPECIAL COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ARTISTS WHO SPECIALIZE IN THE “ART OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHY“.  THIS WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE COLLECTION OF THE “ART OF BLACK AND WHITE”.  NOW A SPECIAL COLLECTION OF “STILL PHOTOS”  THAT ARE MASTERPIECES IN THIS FIELD OF PHOTOGRAPHY !

 

I HAVE DONE A BLOG BEFORE ABOUT DOING STILL PHOTOGRAPHY.  (SEE:  http://123photogo.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-art-of-still-life-photography.html)

BECAUSE OF THIS SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON “THE ART OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHY” AND COLLECTING FROM THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD, A GALLERY OF PHOTOS FOR OUR VIEWING PLEASURE, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD TO DO A QUICK PRESENTATION ON THE “TIPS OF HOW TO DO STILL PHOTOGRAPHY”

  1.  IN TODAY’S WORLD, WE ARE NOT USING FILM, SO YOU CAN TAKE AS MANY PHOTOS AS YOU WANT TO GET IT RIGHT.  THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS WHAT IS CRITICAL IN TAKING PHOTOS FOR STILL PHOTOGRAPHY.  WHAT DETAILS SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR:  A- YOU NOW HAVE TIME TO GET THE EXPOSURE PERFECT, AND B- WHITE BALANCE CAN BE PERFECT AS WELL.  IF YOU HAVE TO MANUALLY SET THE WHITE BALANCE, BECAUSE YOUR AUTO WHITE BALANCE DIDN’T QUITE GET IT RIGHT, THEN YOU CAN MANUALLY DO IT CORRECTLY.
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“Classic Still Life – Dried Spices” captured by PictureSocial member Anthony Zeder

2-  GET IN CLOSE TO YOUR SUBJECT.  MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY CAN BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT GET IN CLOSE AND FILL THE FRAME.  CROPPING DURING THE SHOT WILL BE BETTER THAN CROPPING LATER.

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Photo by Lanny Cottrell

3- YOUR SOURCE OF LIGHTING SHOULD COME FROM ONE SIDE.  IF IT COMES FROM THE FRONT, YOUR LIGHTING WILL LOOK A LITTLE FLAT.

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“A Little Bowl of Summer” captured by PictureSocial member Tony Taffinder

4-  KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR INTERESTING SUBJECTS.  LOOK AROUND IN THE KITCHEN, THE BEDROOM, THE BATHROOM, THE BACKYARD.  IF YOU ARE AT THE BEACH, LOOK AROUND, AND IN THE MOUNTAINS, LOOK ALONG THE AREAS THAT YOU WALK.

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“Consumed in B and W” captured by PictureSocial member Dietmar Chromik

5-  IF YOU HAVE A BACKDROP YOU ARE USING, KEEP THE SUBJECT AWAY FROM THE BACKDROP IF POSSIBLE TO AVOID SHADOWS FALLING ON THE BACKDROP.  IF YOU CAN ADD LIGHT TO THE BACKDROP THAT WOULD MAKE IT LOOK EVEN BETTER.

6-  A NEW THING YOU CAN ALSO TRY IS TO USE COLORED FILTERS.  THIS CAN CREATE STUNNING PHOTOS.

7-  ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT YOU MUST OWN TO DO THIS RIGHT IS A TRIPOD.  SOME OF THE EXTREME SETUPS YOU COULD DO TAKE A LONG TIME.  IT TAKES GREAT PATIENCE AS YOU SET UP THE ULTIMATE STILL PHOTO.  I DON’T SEE HOW YOU COULD DO STILL PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT A TRIPOD.

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Still life with Lilacs by:  Ира Быкова   

8- SMALL SUBJECTS WILL OFTEN REQUIRE YOU TO USE A LIGHT BOX.  YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN OR YOU CAN BUY ONE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE TODAY

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“Stop for a Minute” captured by PictureSocial member Ivan Pena

SEE:  https://123photogo.myshopify.com/collections/photo-related-products-for-sale/products/cube-mini-folded-photography-lighting-studio-backdrop-box

KEEP IN MIND IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO TAKE AN ORDINARY PHOTO INTO A GREAT PHOTO BY PRACTICING.  LOOK AT STILL PHOTOS.  FIND STILL PHOTOS AND STUDY THEM.  YOU WILL SEE HOW THE SUBJECTS ARE SET UP THAT MAKE THEM MASTERPIECES.  AND THEN TRY TO FOLLOW THEM.  THIS TOO CAN BE FUN FOR YOU.

 

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