Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to Shoot a Simple Still Life

No money to buy art? No problem.  Here are a couple of quick and dirty tips to create your own still life fine art photos using natural light.

1.  Set up in front a window.  Any window will do, but north-facing is a good idea as the light is always even and soft and you don't have to deal with the sun moving through your set over the course of a day.

In this series, I used three pieces of foam core that I taped together.  Then clipped a very large piece of white paper over the structure.

2.  Compose your shot.  Make sure there that your frame consists of only what needs to be there.  

For this series, it's just the white background paper, vase and flowers.  So make sure you get rid of any distracting elements.  Less really is more.  

3.  Lastly and most importantly, print and frame.  So many photos sit on a hard drive these days - don't be afraid to show off your creation!

That's it.  It's that simple.  All it takes is a willingness to experiment.  And of course, picture-perfect flowers.  These gorgeous tulips are from the Flower Factory, and the vase from Magpie.  Both stores are on Main Street in Vancouver.  So, if you're out and about, why not stop by and see what inspires you.

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