Still Life

A Little Pepper (Two Photographs)

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This was a test of two things that generally apply in photography: hard light versus soft light and post-processing reduction of specular highlights. The shadows show the difference in hard versus soft light, and I think most would prefer softer lighting. Specular highlights are areas where the bright light almost obliterates the subject and leaves a white spot. While healing tools can fix this, to keep things natural I have kept the range of tonality.


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White on White (Two Photographs)

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Horizons are important I have found out, as is both on set and post production cleaning of the image. Still the results can be dramatic. The lighting is challenging if you want realistic shadows; I went for hard light to accentuate the shadows.


Garlic (Two Photographs)

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Having gone through two other similar set ups, the lighting for this subject was easier. This is one of the all time truths of photography. Every genre has a learning curve and at first it’s daunting and a bit of perseverance is the only solution. You read the manual and the solution never quite comes out the same, the recipe needs your own touch.


An Apple, A Pear and Lime (Three Photographs)

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I am gaining great respect for product photographers and still life photographers. The set-up and lighting is one thing, editing is another. All have a learning curve, until you figure things out. There is some educational material on the web for lighting, some on composition but little on editing, and all of it is subject dependant (e.g. glass, metal, opaque subjects etc.). But after this studio work, I went out into the forest today and had a better appreciation for the light I saw.


More Fun With Backlighting (Three Photographs)

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I am shooting with my Fuji X-3 and Godox flash gear (AD200, 860 II, 350 F) and a Godox controller. Still life Photography set-ups are an area of photography that can be quite interesting (and challenging). I am trying various set ups with small things to see what works. In the third photograph only the fill light fired and my main light shooting from behind failed to shoot. Even accidents are lessons in photography.


Side-lit and Back-lit (Three Photographs)

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I tried side lighting, very much like window lighting (first colour photograph), and it worked especially with a polarizing filter to tone down some of the highlights. The black and white and second colour were back-lit. I am told this is done quite a bit with food photography (you bounce the light back into the front the subjects with a white board or reflector. The idea is the light pulls the viewer in as the light spills over the top or so I am told (certainly a lighting pattern to try again to see what other results I can get).


Backgrounds (Three Pictures)

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Backgrounds in still life are just as important as in bird photography. Here I used table cloths, (plastic and cloth) both helped with texture, luminance and added interest. In hindsight, in the photo of the pot I should have lowered my horizon by raising my camera or moving the objects closer, a lesson learned.