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PHOTOGRAPHING STILL LIFES. Still-life. An arrangement of small, inanimate objects, typically on a tabletop, carefully arranged to achieve a composition that is aesthetically pleasing, symbolic, or both. Typically involves assembling a series of objects the interact in an interesting way.

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still life
Still-life

An arrangement of small, inanimate objects, typically on a tabletop, carefully arranged to achieve a composition that is aesthetically pleasing, symbolic, or both.

Typically involves assembling a series of objects the interact in an interesting way.

assembling the set
ASSEMBLING THE SET

Set up the backdrop first

Set the main subject on the set

Keeping adding and subtracting items as well as adjusting the backdrop

Remember everything is trial and error

lighting the scene
LIGHTING THE SCENE

Always try to use natural light

When natural light is not available – use lamps

Play with the lighting to see what looks best – also shoot the still life using different types of lighting so you can see what looks best

shooting the scene
SHOOTING THE SCENE
  • Shoot the still life from different angles
    • Above
    • Below
    • Sides
  • Try to use wide angles and close-ups
  • Try Using the Macro setting to change your depth of Field (and then try to focus on different areas)

Again, try different things. You don’t just have to take one picture. USE THE RULE OF THIRDS

your assignment still life

Your AssignmentStill Life

What do your shoes say about you?

You will be designing, creating and shooting a still life of your choice that tells the viewer something about you.

Objective: Set up, light, and shoot a still life using the rule of thirds that says something about you

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Activity: Using 4 or more items to create an interesting still life using artificial light. One of the items must be a pair of shoes.

  • Bring in items. Be sure that the items look good together – try to stay within one color scheme – but still has a variety of textures. Think about the way light will affect the objects when lit.
  • Arrange the items in such a way that will capture the attention of the viewer
  • Light the still life to accentuate the subject matter
  • Shoot the still life from many possible angles using the rule of thirds
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Assessment:

  • The subject is interesting and captures the viewers attention
  • The lighting is effective
  • Rule of thirds was used
  • The photo was taken at the best possible angle
  • The photos are balance and fill the entire frame
  • A clear and focused picture was taken
  • The photographer included shoes and the objects help tell a story about that person