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Cold Winter Day Photography Project

What do you do when it’s to cold to take your good ol’ Canon outside?  Ok, So maybe it wasn’t to cold for the Canon, maybe it was just to cold for me. 😀 But really?? What kind of photography projects are good for cold winter days? What to do, what to do… Well; the black background is still up so let’s have some more fun playing with still lifes!!

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Yep; that was a good way to spend an afternoon. And the black background is a nice break from the stark white of my usual stock photos.

Looking for a few tips on still life photography? Check out this post.


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Tips For Still Life Photography

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!

0.3 sec - f/8.0 - ISO 200 - 32mm - Objects placed in a light tent and lit by the ambient room lighting plus one side light. Exposure compensation adjusted to -2.
0.3 sec – f/8.0 – ISO 200 – 32mm – Objects placed in a light tent and lit by the ambient room lighting plus one side light. Exposure compensation adjusted to -2.

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!

1/10 - f/5 - ISO 200 - 55mm - Objects placed in a light tent and lit by the ambient room lighting plus one side light. Exposure compensation adjusted to -2.
1/10 – f/5 – ISO 200 – 55mm – Objects placed in a light tent and lit by the ambient room lighting plus one side light. Exposure compensation adjusted to -2.

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!

  1. Still life emphasizes interesting composition, texture, form, color, balance, light, shadow, and harmony.
  2. 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.
  3.  Your background should be fairly simple and should not distract from the objects.
  4. Lighter objects look best on a darker background and darker objects look best on a lighter background.
  5. Side lighting brings out surface details and low light makes colors appear richer.
  6. 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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