Once again it’s time for another still life. This week the theme is container. No, not a shipping container. A container in this context anything you put something else in. Check around the house for a jar, a vase, a bowl, etc. Part of the challenge this week is to take an ordinary object and turn it into unique photographic subject.
Still life can be used to emphasize photographic techniques, like lighting. It doesn’t have to about the subject, it can be a way for you to explore techniques. It’s also a great opportunity to practice the technical aspects Jeremy has been challenging you with.
As always with still life photography, you are in control of all aspects of the shot. You decide on the arrangement and placement of objects.
Depth of field is one of the best tools for still life photography. Experiment with different f-stops that allow you to isolate the subject.
Still life is often done indoors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore. If you have a workshop, barn, garage, or shed you can find something to use as your subject. And don’t be afraid to rearrange things to make a good shot.
Also, here are the links I shared last week with some tips:
- The still life photographers’ guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects
- 5 Still Life Lighting Tips for Beginners