Objects don't move, are easy to set up, and with a little creativity you can really get some interestingly beautiful shots.
You will need
- A camera
- An arrangement of objects or still life
- Work or studio space
- 1 to 2 lights
- Soft box
- And a backdrop or natural environment
Step 1 Arrange set & still life Begin to arrange the set and still life.
Step 2 Mount camera on tripod Mount your camera on the tripod.
Step 3 Arrange backdrop If you’re using a backdrop, arrange the backdrop behind the arrangement at a minimum of 6 feet away from the subject.
Your still lifes can take on life of their own and really ‘pop’ off the page just by keeping your backgrounds simple and clean.
Step 4 Position lights Position one light — with a soft box mounted onto it — at the same height as the subject, and at 90º angles from the camera and subject. This will create a dramatic soft light.
Step 5 Select your film, aperture, and shutter speed Select film, aperture and shutter speed that are appropriate for your lighting conditions.
Make sure not to select a shutter speed that is too fast for your camera’s optimal sync speed.
Step 6 Focus Focus on your subject.
Step 7 Compose your shot Compose your shot.
Step 8 Shoot away Take as many shots as you can, each time varying your composition slightly.
Did You Know:
Georgia O’Keefe, who is known for her still life paintings of flowers, was married to the famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz.