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Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects.


Still life
Used to describe a method of studio or outdoor photography where objects are pre-arranged to be photographed.
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Still Life images can be just about anything that doesn't move. Still life photographs consist of inanimate objects, often arranged in some striking or artistic way. These include flowers, food, etc. They are life forms but they don't move.

Jason Horowitz is a freelance commercial photographer specializing in stock, still life and conceptual illustration.

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Techniques Glossary Still life
Used to describe a method of studio or outdoor photography where objects are pre-arranged to be photographed.

Most still life images are photographed inside, under artificial lights. As Alfonso Calero explains, it doesn't have to be that way.

For all her still lifes, Weiss relies exclusively on natural window light. 'When I first started out in photography, I couldn't afford lighting equipment, so I learned how to improvise,' she says.
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For Recher's still life of an eggplant, the photographer goes for a very clear rim light to bring out the shape.

Henry Bourne: Creative still life
London-based Henry Bourne has photographed Jamie Oliver, Steve Coogan, Boris Johnson and Rod Stewart among others.

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Still Life
Having said that filling your frame is important when photographing people, it's also a very effective technique when photographing ‘things' or scenes.

Still life : 2.98MB, Auto, 1/420, f3.2, ISO 100, 8-24mm at 10mm (equivalent to 45mm)
This still life was taken under very bright conditions with the lens zoomed-in by one 'notch'.

Still life. A photographic composition of inanimate objects composed of subject matter and supporting elements that reflect a certain unifying idea or theme.
Sunlight. See Daylight.
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35mm or digital SLR
with PC terminal, 50mm standard or macro lens, 80-200mm zoom with close focusing, tripod, cable release, special effect filters, back grounds, off camera or studio flash, reflectors.
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-Still life - inanimate subject, either in the studio, or outdoors, normally arranged to make full use of form, shape and lighting.
-Stock solution - processing chemicals which may be stored in a concentrated state and diluted just before use.

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Your guide to digital camera scene modes
Still life tents consist of a white translucent fabric supported by an internal “snap-to' support system.

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Shutter speed will not affect a subject which is completely static
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Still life photos are a great way to teach your kids
how to pick a single subject and focus on it.
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This still life was shot at two different ISO settings with one stop of exposure compensation to lighten the background. The chief benefit of shooting at a lower ISO, particularly with small-sensor compact cameras is the lack of noise and artifacts.
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Use the still life object as it is intended, but add a creative twist. Think about the objects day to day use and how it can be shown through the image.
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For the 'Still Life' layer, I kept it in the Normal mode but here is where I started to bring in the masks. So we will add a mask on to this layer.

If shooting still life, get fairly close to what you are photographing.
If shooting still life, get fairly close to what you are photographing.
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With portraits, for example, you can ask the sitter to smile and pose, and with still life you can alter the arrangement. You cannot do either of these with a building. The main controls you have over the picture are the viewpoint and the lighting.

If you're photographing very small still life subjects (a mobile phone for example) your lights can be positioned close and very little power will be needed.

(I'm assuming your subject is human here - still life objects don't tend to care either way!) If you spend most of your shoot faffing about with lights, settings and so on, you'll almost certainly lose any connection to the person in front of the camera, ...

Whether you're creating a beauty shot, crafting an environmental portrait or setting up a still life, one single photography truth will always remain: Light matters.

From the very first shoot, I realized that her elegant and simple teapots needed a equally simple, and restrained still life treatment. We initially tried a more cluttered natural setting and then settled on a pastel green seamless background.

In a similar way to the still life boys you spend a long time selecting the scene and composing the picture. Even with the most stable suspension system in the world this just isn't going to happen with KAP.

Color is everywhere, especially in a produce market, so look for interesting still lifes of exotic fruits and vegetables. Close-ups of individual artworks are great souvenirs, but I recommend buying something, too, if you want to make a new friend.

Although you can't work in the same way with a digital camera, you can do some great still life shots. The key is to remove any other light source so it won't pollute your color.

In the final example, see how I have created much needed negative space in this still life image. By shooting with a large aperture, the resulting short depth of field creates a kind of drop-off where nothing's vying for your attention.

Usually, this will be three differently exposed photos of the same thing, so some kind of still life, architecture, landscape or other non-moving subject is the best.

If you want to shoot lots of macro and still life photography at home, then a large, heavy tripod will serve you well.
If you plan on shooting landscapes that are a long walk from the car, however, you may want something a little smaller and lighter.

The author, a graphic designer, also discusses various styles of photography (landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and so on) available for exploration.

No photo you take is without some form of preparation. Whether it's a child's portrait or a still life of your favorite flower, you like to get everything set up so that the light, color and mood are just right.
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Blue flag isn't in bloom yet but when I saw this backlit still life I couldn't resist photographing it.
Wood anemeone.
A slug makes a meal of a plant along the trail.

The light is coming from the side and above, producing a sort of "old masters" type still life. This photo could be used as-is, but perhaps our client doesn't want such a high-contrast look? Time to fill in those shadows by adding a small white bounce card. (pictured) ...

Props
Objects used to "dress" a set or still life.
Pushing, Forced Development, Upgrading (UK)
Compensating through overdevelopment for inten-tional or unavoidable Underexposure. Cost: a little money and a lot of Grain gain.

Scanning back
High quality digital camera back for Medium or large format cameras which scans in three passes (RGB) one pass for each colour, therefore only used with still life studio subjects.
(see One shot back)
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This year I was hired to cover the "Making of the Super Bowl XLVII Football" by the Associated Press. This assignment has two parts: photographing the manufacturing of the footballs in the factory in Ada, Ohio and then taking the ball back to the studio to capture still life photos.

If you used them for a shot of the tree, motion between passes for the three colors would turn the entire live tree into all sorts of whacky color outlines! 4x5" digital systems are for still lifes in the studio, not nature. They also need huge batteries and tethered computer systems.

Special technologies like the Canon Image Stabilizer technology in select lenses helps to minimize the effect of camera shake, effectively adding up to four stops of light. With a dizzying array of lenses perfect for travel, sports, still life and everything in between, ...

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