Many people think still life images are a real challenge , Because it's hard for them to know where to start . But taking the time to photograph a great still life can be a beneficial and somewhat meditative pastime for Photographers .
Still life photography can help you hone your photography skills at your own pace , At the same time, you can still create works that can be put into the portfolio or printed on the wall . But modeling desktop images is not natural for all photographers , So here are some simple things to think about the next time you shoot a still life .
Now may be a good time to learn about your color knowledge , Because when you make still life images, you really need it ！ In your still life scene , Everything, including color, will exist , Because you put it there . If you don't want to include it on your desktop , You don't have to put it on a desktop studio .
Color can be a way to introduce harmony or contrast . for example , If you're shooting something blue , And you use blue and green backgrounds , Then you will have a very harmonious and possibly peaceful image . On the other hand , If you add yellow or orange to the scene , It creates tension and makes the overall feel more dynamic .
You can bring color to still life images in different ways . background , Textile , plate , bowl , vase - All these items are props , You can start collecting and building a color library of props . Don't forget natural objects like flowers and leaves ; They can often really live .
Your background is usually the main color in your scene , So choose wisely （ Once you start arranging your props , And it's hard to change it ）. Choose the background according to the feeling you want to create in the final image .
The background can be anything used with the scene you are creating . It could be a marble countertop , A beautiful old farmhouse table , Or a complementary piece of fabric . In any case, it helps you set the atmosphere of the image .
Except for the color of the background , Also consider texture . Worn out , The smoky old baking pan brings a totally different feel to the draped silk . Think about how different backgrounds make you feel about choosing them for your scene , And decide whether the kind of story you want to tell in the photo is correct .
as time goes on , You will create a library of different backgrounds , In order to use... In your lens . then , You can create different styles of images by switching backgrounds . When you go out , Please pay attention to your eyes , And add potential backgrounds to your library ！
I like to include textures in my still life photos , Now it has become part of my style . Search high streets and artist shops for interesting textured tablecloths , Bowl and background , My still life images are my favorite pastime .
Along with all the other elements of the still life image , Texture can really help set the mood . Are you shooting simple things by introducing some beautiful matte ？ Or maybe you're shooting a more modern scene , It will benefit from a smooth background and smooth , Shiny props ？
It also adds interest and depth to your final image . If you look around the room , I'm sure you'll see different textures . Maybe you have a smooth leather chair , There's a velvet cushion on it , Next to an old wooden coffee table . Our life is a riot of different textures , These all affect our senses through vision and touch .
Because you can't touch the object in the photo , So you need to tell the viewer what they look like . If you get to the picture and touch it , Texture is the main way to convey the feeling of something visually . Consider this , Please pay attention to the texture in the lens and tell the audience .
It's like a good story , The picture needs a beginning , Middle and end . In addition to what we usually call foreground in visual narrative , The middle ground and the background . Creating a layered effect in a photo helps to create depth in 2D objects .
Try to consciously construct a still life scene . First , Put the main object roughly where you think you like it . It helps if you put the camera on a tripod , Because you can keep the frame and focus consistent .
After placing the main object , Try to create some prospects interested in . If you're photographing flowers , It could be some petals , Or if you're photographing food , Maybe it's the curly corner of the tablecloth . Anything that causes the eye to enter the lens without being distracted too much from the main focus is good . You want something to add to the story .
Last , Place background elements in the scene . In the shot above , I added a yellow napkin , It can generate interest , It can also add contrasting colors , But you may be more subtle . If it's interesting enough , Your background element may also be your background ！ It should be like your composition “ Full stop ”; End the audience's attention by completely stopping the closing sentence .
If you use a shallow depth of field , You may find it easier to use a combination of foreground and background colors and shapes . Rendering these elements out of focus in the scene helps to focus the viewer's attention on the main focus of the image .
There is no rule in creative still life photography that colors must be real . Use different colors - Even turning digital files into black and white - Can lead to changes in mood and story .
stay Adobe Lightroom You can create a copy of an image by processing still life images in , And try different color treatments , And compare them . This is also useful for black and white conversion . About Adobe Lightroom The best thing about editing is that the editor is completely non-destructive to the original file . This means you can try from wild color processing to something more conservative , And always back to the original file .
I talked about color grading of still life photos in my previous article . It can evoke different emotions and help , Bring different colors . If you use color grading in a way that emphasizes the main theme , It can also help make the project really pop up the page .
Color grading your lens also helps to provide a more coherent style for your work . You don't always have to deal with colors in images the same way , But over time , You may notice that the more you shoot , The more you can choose a style . This helps your work to identify , You may find this desirable .