I like hiking, I like nature, I like outdoors so that is usually what my subjects are. I learned something from my father, as long as you had some light coming in from the outside, you could take photos on the inside of the house.
So I decided I'd go ahead and try 'Still Life'. What could it hurt? I could learn something and it is never bad to learn something new.
First here is my really expensive set up for my 'table top' shot I wanted to do last week.
Please note the helper in the photo. Hedgehogs are common missiles when I am sometimes working this close to the floor.
However it was an overcast day and I was trying to make the best use of the light. I set up a white foam board behind the basket, which Morris promptly nosed down.
But eventually we worked it out and I came up with this.
I did use Topaz Glow to pretty it up a bit.
Not satisfied with just that as a shot, I set some other things up. Barbed wire, a rusted clip and some brass bells on a ribbon.
I used more of a limited color in this shot and a narrow depth of focus.
Week two asks that we shoot a photo with negative space and the rule of thirds.
Here is how I set this week's shots up.
Yes, a dresser, a white sheet, and a white board next to a window.
And I decided to go with a Valentine's Day theme so I added candy.
Oh darn. That funny stuffed donkey just wouldn't leave my thoughts. So I decided to photograph it too.
However the donkey turned out okay but the photo really seemed quite lacking. I wasn't that impressed at all, even if the idea was fun.
Well, simply put. It had too much empty space!
Exactly what it was supposed to have.
So I changed it like this:
It sort of has a vintage feel to it yet doesn't feel so empty.
I stopped right here. Too much messing around would probably ruin this.
So you can do some pretty impressive Still Life work without a whole lot of investment.
I just did and found out that I really enjoyed it.
Just make sure your photography assistant isn't going to grab your toy Donkey and run off with it. Or decide that tossing a hedgehog into the works would make it look so much better.
I used AfterShotPro by Corel for the RAW files, I used Topaz Adjust for making the donkey look 'vintage', and PSPX7 [PaintShopPro] for the editing. CS2 for any additional work.
Texture added to the first shot from mercurycode at deviantart.