Still life is “full control” photography

A picture is not a painting, but if I can make it look like one, why not? Still life is one of the earliest photography genres borrowing the style of master painters of the past. Still life photography does not need expensive, elaborate studio set-up. Natural light or a couple of lamps will do, and you can set it up right at home. As such you can have full control over the variables – composition, lighting, exposure, angles – and you can have all day to do your shot. Something which you can’t do with a model (unless you’re the agency) or a mountain (try going to the other side of a mountain to get another angle). The options and possibilities of still life photography will squeeze out your creative juices. British freelance photographer Simon Bray shares some fundamentals in his article 10 tips to Getting Started with Still Life Photography. This photo genre is in demand nowadays and you’ll find these kinds of images in photo stock sites. Designers, advertisers, visual artists and websites have uses for still life imagery. The bottomline? Bray points out the only requirement is a camera, strong backgrounds and good light. I will add a couple of things: follow your photographer’s instinct and turn on that “inner” eye. Happy still life shooting! (Photo location: at a cafe in Roxas City, Capiz province)


4 responses

  1. petit4chocolatier

    Loved the information from the link! Thank you : )

    November 21, 2012 at 1:57 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you too! we all learn from what we share 🙂

      November 21, 2012 at 3:40 am

  2. sjophotography

    Your work with certain shades and colours is fantastic. You have a great eye for detail when it comes to these things. Enjoyed viewing your blog!

    November 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    • Junsjazz

      You yourself take great pictures. Love your nightscapes, flower shots and outdoor scenes. Keep on clicking my friend! Thanks!

      November 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

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