Yesterday D and I had a little fun playing with a few ideas for still life photography. I knew that I wanted a nice dark black background with something colorful but I really had no idea what was going to go on that background.
I took a look around my office, dug through the piles of props, and the first thing that caught my eye was a little yellow pitcher. Yellow on black sounded like a good combo so I grabbed a yellow plate and a yellow bowl to go with it. Now that needed a little something more so in went the bright red cherries. Nice. I was pretty happy with that one!
For my second still life I stuck with the nice dark black background and gravitated towards red. A nice shiny strawberry juice glass and some cute little styrofoam strawberries seemed to fit together nicely!
Ok; I’m kind of liking these two. I may just have to keep that black background up a little longer!
Here’s a few tips and ideas on still life photography that I should keep in mind… maybe you’ll find something useful here too!
- Still life emphasizes interesting composition, texture, form, color, balance, light, shadow, and harmony.
- Multiple objects in a still life image shouldn’t be random. They should all share a common theme such as shape, color, texture, function, origin etc.
- Your background should be fairly simple and should not distract from the objects.
- Lighter objects look best on a darker background and darker objects look best on a lighter background.
- Side lighting brings out surface details and low light makes colors appear richer.
- When using a white or very light background try adjusting your exposure compensation by +1 or +2. When using a black background try adjusting your exposure compensation by -1 or -2.
I wonder… what shall I put on that black background next??
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