Still Life Photography Tips And Techniques Part 3, The Still Life Setup!

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<ul><li><p> Still Life Photography Tips And Techniques Part 3, The StillLife Setup!</p><p>Still Life Photography Tips And Techniques Part 3, The StillLife Setup!</p><p>For todays installment (Part 3) of still life photography tips and techniques, we will start to getinto the still life photography setup. Notably the Background.</p><p>Once youve made the decision to do a created versus a found still life, and youve selectedyour subject matter, its time to start building the set.</p><p>First, find a table of some sort that you can use to create your still life photography setup. Itseems silly to mention it, but be sure it is a table you arent going to need for a while. I knowfrom experience how irritating it can be to spend several hours getting everything tweaked justthe way you want it, and have the family come in and start clearing the table for a meal.</p><p>Or worse, if you are shooting a bowl of fruit, to leave the room for a minute and come back tosee someone eating your masterpiece!</p><p>Like I say, it seems silly to say it, but experience has shown it is necessary. Make sure you willhave access to your set for as long as you need it.</p><p>I suggest selecting a Backdrop before you actually start adjusting and moving your still lifeobjects into place. For some reason, when you are seeing it in completed form -with the backdrop it is easier to get effective Compositions. At least it is for me.</p><p>Depending on your subject matter, your background could be as simple as a sheet of coloredpaper or a piece of poster board. If you want to go fancier it could be a hand painted piece ofcanvas or some other material.</p><p>Your background material doesnt need to be very big.</p><p>One of the little known still life photography tips and techniques is to take an old photo that youlike, blow it up and use it as the background. As part of your still lifephotography setup using a photo enlargement could be your secret weapon. Mostphotographers never think of it and its perfect. Your background can be anything!</p><p>Dont forget textured walls! Bricks and stonework can be the perfect compliment to the rightsubject!</p><p>Most photographers tend to add the background almost as an afterthought, but it is worth theeffort to make sure it fits with your subject matter. Dark materials tend to add more drama andintensity whereas Light backgrounds are more light and airy. They soften a composition</p><p> 1 / 2</p></li><li><p> according to National Geographic.</p><p>The whole look and feel of the finished photo can be altered and controlled by your backgroundchoices. It can be ancient, modern, happy, sad whatever!</p><p>Most still life photographers say that the background should blend with the subject matter. Itshould be a slightly different tone, but similar colors will help to emphasize the subject. With lightsubjects it should be slightly darker and with dark subjects it should be a bit lighter.</p><p>Here is your assignment. Find a bowl, vase or something that you want to shoot as a still life.Next try to find a backdrop that will make it look like it is one of those masters paintings fromthe 1600?s.</p><p>Then find a backdrop that will make it seem to be modern and upbeat. Then find three morebackdrops and ways of presenting your subject.</p><p>Its hard! But, the more effort you put into the still life photography setup, the faster you will startgetting ooohs and aaahs when people look at your work. Get out there today and put this stilllife photography tips and techniques lesson into practice and come back tomorrow for more!</p><p>If this daily tip was a nice review of what you already knew GREAT! If it taught you something you need my On Target Photo Training course. All of it, right now!</p><p>http://ontargetphototraining.com/KinOrder1</p><p>Dan EitreimDan@OnTargetPhotoTraining.com</p><p>P.S. I can open the door, but YOU have to walk through!</p><p>http://ontargetphototraining.com/KinOrder1</p><p>Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)</p><p> 2 / 2</p></li></ul>