Still life photography is a genre of photography dedicated to capturing inanimate subjects. Whether it be man-made, lifeless, or even plants. Basically it includes the photography of anything that cannot move, react, or portray emotions.
In order for us to create an atmosphere and mood with our still life photography, we make use of several available factors we can manipulate:
With lighting you can either go with available soft light, or with artificial ...Creative Still life photography from Elena Erda
Leanda Xavian is a 42 year old English ex-graphic designer, living in Athens, Greece with husband George and 4-month old son Leo. Leanda has a natural craving for creativity, and is always discovering new avenues to support this. Her current passions are illustration and crochet.
“I am a completely self-taught photographer and my venture into Flickrland began back in 2008 when I was told I could not have children and I started fertility treatment. I started to take pictures to keep myself ...Creative still life photography from Leanda Xavian
Welcome back people. This is a continuation of our Professional studio photography lighting series. Today we talk about Still life photography.
Still life photography includes pack and product shots that are usually included in magazines, websites, flyers and brochures, books and CD covers, catalogues, …etc. It also includes car shots and still life fine art.
Still life photography lighting can range from simple natural lighting conditions imitation, to highly stylized professional studio lighting. ...Professional studio photography lighting part 7: Still life photography
You may have heard it said that the last thing fish would discover is water, simply because they are always surrounded by it. Similarly, humans tend to notice only what is new or uncommon, not what is common.
It’s therefore not surprising that beginners in photography can be perplexed by the emphasis of seasoned photographers on “seeing the light.” You may have even wondered what the expression meant when you first encountered it. After all, what is there to “see”? Isn’t light ...Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
My favorite passage from Benjamin Edwards' new book is:
"While I certainly recommend that you read your camera and flash manual at least once, most of us find the best use for an owner's manual is as a sleep aid. Technically written and devoid of user experiences, manuals leave out parts like, 'Oh yeah, this works sometimes, but when it doesn't, try this.' That's where this field guide becomes your best friend."
How true. We've all seen the sea of "Field Guides" on photography bookstore shelves. ...New: Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide 3rd Edition
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTNow that we've posted the final free excerpt from the sample chapter from Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques, we have collected the links to each one: • Pre-Visualizing the Impact of Lighting • White Balance And Color • Using Exposure Controls with Lighting • Working With The ISO • Working With Shutter Speeds • All About Aperture • Using A Histogram In Photoshop • Overexposure And Underexposure • Understanding Exposure (posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com) ... 9 Book Excerpts - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTI noted earlier that the color of light is an important part of our perception of light quality. The color of light is measured on the Kelvin scale as temperature. Perceptually warmer colors (those toward the red end of the spectrum) have a lower color temperature than perceptually cooler colors (those colors that are bluer) which have a higher color temperature. For more on the color of light, see pages 34–39. It’s important for photographers to be able to differentiate between different colors ... Balance And Color - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTBy trying many different responses to various different kinds of lighting you’ll learn what works—and what doesn’t work— in relationship to your own sense of the kinds of images you’d like to make. (posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com) Using Exposure Controls with Lighting - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTIf your photo is going to look dark and underexposed—and you don’t want it to—the easiest approach to fixing the problem is to boost the ISO, or sensitivity. This is particularly true if the other two exposure controls are up against their limits: you can’t use a slower shutter speed without risking loss of sharpness from camera motion or changing the way subject motion is rendered; and you can’t change the aperture to one that is more wide open without altering the depth-of-field so that your area ... Working With The ISO - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTWhen you set the shutter speed on your camera, as I’ve mentioned, you are actually setting a duration of time. A slow shutter speed lets more light into the sensor, and a fast shutter speed lets in less light. For example, a shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second allows very little light in to be recorded, while a shutter speed of ten minutes allows a great deal of light in. It’s important to understand that shutter speed is badly misnamed. This setting doesn’t control a speed at all; rather, it controls ... Working With Shutter Speeds - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTAperture is one of the three factors you can use when setting an exposure (as I explained on pages 70–73, shutter speed and ISO are the other two). The aperture is, er, well, an aperture or hole on the inside of the lens. You can make this hole bigger, to let more light into the sensor, or smaller to let less light into the sensor. If this sounds pretty simple, it is. However, as I’ll explain in a moment, your aperture setting has a major creative impact on aspects of your photo besides just the ... All About Aperture - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTfollowing excerpt is from a wonderful new digital photography book, Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques by award-winning professional photographer Harold Davis. The book covers both natural light and studio lighting. However, it is not a cookbook covering studio lighting setups; nor is it a book that emphasizes the pixels over the overall visual impact that a photograph can make. Each of the photos in Creative Lighting can be used to generate ideas for your own work — how ... Overexposure And Underexposure - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
PHOTOSHOPSUPPORTThe following excerpt is from a wonderful new digital photography book, Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques by award-winning professional photographer Harold Davis. The book covers both natural light and studio lighting. However, it is not a cookbook covering studio lighting setups; nor is it a book that emphasizes the pixels over the overall visual impact that a photograph can make. Each of the photos in Creative Lighting can be used to generate ideas for your own work — ... Understanding Exposure - Book Excerpt - Creative Lighting Tips And Techniques
jmeyer over at DigitalCameraWorld has a nice Depth of Field tutorial, especially pertaining to Still Life Photography, where you want to maximize the depth of field in close up work. It’s well explained, illustrated and practical.
Read the Still Life Photography Depth of Field Tutorial @ DigitalCameraWorld.
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I am making my second appearance at creativeLIVE this coming weekend.
And it will prove to be something totally different than what creativeLIVE normally does. We are going to be tackling the still life and product realms.
And I have a few goals and plans for this workshop.
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