THE ART OF “STILL LIFE” PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photo by Garreth Paul on Unsplash

Still life photography is not a dead art.  It is fun and exciting !  Here are some helpful tips on Still life Photography:

Still life photography is actually fun, and most people don’t even try it. Imagine that time when you want to go out and take photos, but it’s stormy, or you have a hurt foot, or you just don’t know where to go. This is when still life photography kicks in.

Photos for ideas:

I want to give you a variety of still life photos so you can see the different ideas of how to take these types of photos:

So I went to the website: Unsplash.com and typed in still life photos. These photos from Unsplash are all amazing photos and they are free from copyright. Let’s take a look at some:

Photo by Garreth Paul on Unsplash

Inside note: This is one of the easier photos to do. Look carefully at the light source (by seeing the shadow). One light, and then you set up for the best composition (rule of thirds). Notice it’s not centered.

Photo by  Federica Gioia from Unsplash

Inside note: This photo is one I really like. Just natural light and a simple table. Notice that it’s just the corner of the table. This type of photo resembles some of the old antique paintings that sold for big money at one time.

See how the old vintage paintings look? Their composition was easy and shadows were drawn like there was only one light source.
Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash

Creating images of your life and things you love:

Inside note: Food is always something that works for still photography. Note how simple the layout of these food photos are. And the exposure is right on. Could you see hanging this photo in your kitchen?

Photo by Sergey Sokolov for Unsplash

Inside note: Telling a story about yourself. This is just a classy photo, looks like done with natural light, and composed so that all the things he loves is in this photo, neatly arranged. This is a point I would like to make: Be creative and tell a story with your display. This will mean a lot to those who know you. Could you tell a story with some other items. Let’s look:

Photo by Sixteen Miles Out on Unsplash

Inside Note: Lighting on this is natural light, coming from a window, but check out the items in this photo. This is macramé, or some kind of plant based straw or grass and is weaved into these amazing balls. The photographer wants you to see these items that she has created and it looks beautiful as a “still photo”.

Photo by Mae Mu from Unsplash

Inside Note: This photo is another one for the kitchen. I love the care and finesse it took to make this sandwich. And then the lighting is not harsh but appears to cove from above. I am guessing we have a light in the front as well to get the sandwich all perfect like that. Hungry?

And Finally:

Photo by Valentina Ivanova on Unsplash

Inside note: This is a beautiful photo taken outside. Notice the grass in the front. Lighting for this appears to be with diffused lighting (probably overcast day). This is a perfect photo that tells a story. The harvesting of the tomatoes and in the background is the plants. When you do a photo like this, think through what kind of background you want, plain or something in the background.

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