Creating a Still Life Photo

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For the depiction of subject matter which is inanimate in nature and especially dealing with small number of objects, you need to study and know about still life photography. This particular genre gives you more leeway in arranging design elements within a composition which is being compared to other photographic genres like portrait or landscape photography. Significant aspects of Still life photography are lighting and framing it also includes application of photography to the still life artistic style.

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Perfecting the massive art of composition and lighting to create a beautiful image is certainly no easy task, however, once you get it correct, still life photography can be an enormously powerful form of art and can be utilized in projects from poster designing to calendar making.

Definitely, there are not innumerable photographic practices that date back further than still life photography because when photography was originated, it was intrinsic for the exposures to be long lasting, thereby making photographs of static objects the ideal subject matter. There are several advantages to working on still life as there are magazines, catalogues and lucrative businesses that often require product shots.

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How do you get started with Still Life Photography? Have a look at the following:

  • Concentrating on common perceptions – This being the most important aspect, you don’t require fancy studios or booths to begin with this kind of photography, your home space can be utilized, basically, perspectives have to be clear. With still life, you do not need to come across huge amount of variables as the content of creativity is already in front of you.
  • Choice of subject – Photography is completely up to you, so you can look for any homely commodity or some simple object as your subject, however, initially you must try to avoid reflective surfaces such as metals or glass as they become unmanageable with regards to lighting.
  • Angles and Tripods – The shutter release that you opt for should be depending on your lighting situation, I would recommend you to used tripods as they enable you to observe and work with your subject matter. Having said that, I’d request you not to let a static camera restrain your creativity as it quickly gets forgotten that your camera is made to be seated in a specific position for the entire shoot. Coming to angles, try shooting at variety of levels such as starting from the eyes of the birds to down into the subject like the shadows casted.
  • Getting the backdrop correct – This is a highly essential feature in order to get started as it plays a big role in the complete success of your shots. For smaller objects, you needn’t require backdrop, instead you need a surface to place the items on.
  • Composing the shot – The element of composition is necessary when it comes to making your still life photographs appear engaging and it’s always useful to think outside the box and vary the composition matter.

With the growing development of technology, the fascination for capturing still life has remained and still is considered to be one of the most operable professions in today’s world!

Photographing Cityscapes

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Cities have their own charm; even with all the chaos and city lights, tall skyscrapers and busy streets, cities can offer a numbing sensation and a good one too. Most often we can’t go to all the places we would like to go to in our lifetime but we can always look at pictures. Sometimes our bare human eyes miss a lot of city action and beauty, a lot of hidden places and angles that only the camera lens can capture; sometimes you need to have a different outlook and view to capture the magic of the city in which you may have lived your entire life. So here is a little guide to help you click pictures of your favorite city/cities.

Sunrises and sunsets

When the night just abuts on the daylight or vice versa, it is a great time to make a few clicks. Capture the fading natural along with the city lights sparkling below and you will get an amazing subject to work on. The variation of different natural tones is very difficult to get at any other time of the day.

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The skyline tale

If you are of the opinion that skylines and panorama views are just for natural habitats, it is time to change your outlook. Keep the focal length somewhere between 12-35mm and include city features with the wide skyline. A wide angle is very helpful in these cases.

Bracketing exposures

Cities offer a wide range of lighting during the night and it looks spectacular when we look at it through our eyes but not quite so much when we have clicked the picture. This is because cameras are usually not capable of capturing images of such high contrast. In order to get rid of this problem you need to multiple exposures of the same subject. 

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Identify the leading lines

Leading lines are extremely important to capture serenity in chaos. So say, you want to capture the scene of a busy street with your lenses, you need to identify the leading line (which can be the pavement curve in this case) to create a sense of coherence in the whole picture. Slice up the images in the right composition to cut through all the chaos and bring out harmony.

Capturing motion

Still pictures are fine but capturing motion and freezing them forever requires special skill. In a city, try to find the busiest intersection and a continuous movement of traffic, both car and people, and click them while they are moving. Things are going to be blurry but not all of it. Keep a lightly defines line and then put all the blurry figures in it.

Pedestrians on the go

The most defining features of a city are perhaps its people. It does not always has to be an exclusive class; it can be everyone and yet no one in particular.

Capture the rainy city

Rain makes everything look pretty. It blurs away all the stark street lights and mellows down even the harshest of cities.