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Still Life Photography for Dummies

March 15, 2018

You may have different ideas about technology influencing our lives, but there is one thing you won’t be able to ignore: how social media visual imagery has changed. If you want to have a successful account, you have to learn the basics of photography. Even if you taking pictures of the breakfast you are having, it has to be perfect and shot according to the rules of the genre. So let EssaysLeader.com introduce our very first amateur photography tutorial. Today we would like to focus on the still life photography that can set a ground for a great career or at least make your photos prettier.

Life photography

Common objects of still life photography:

  • Plants;
  • Fruits and veggies;
  • Food and drinks;
  • Bugs;
  • Books and glasses;
  • Tools and parts of equipment.

So if you are wondering how to take a great shot for your social media account, or would like a course in photography but have no idea where to begin, these simple steps are for you:

#1 Know your equipment

If you are a young and enthusiastic photographer-to-be, you may know nothing about the cameras, lenses and lights equipment. Before you begin purchasing all the things people say you have to have, let us give you a simple advice:

  • Rent a camera or borrow one from someone you know;
  • Spend at least 4 hours trying to figure out some layouts. Hunting for a perfect shot of an ant or trying to catch the light passing through glasses.

If you are not hating it by the time you finish, you may begin browsing the internet to purchase something. Try to avoid purchasing expensive equipment, as they are not something you can afford.

#2 Find a beautiful background

One of the secrets to success is to have a nice background that will help you create a smooth and stylish picture. Now many people find marble-looking or cement backgrounds. Usually, the cloth of pastel colors or some old newspapers can also do the trick.

#3 Play with light

If you are a beginner, you probably won’t need expensive studio-like equipment. Very often, a light from the window is more than enough to take a good picture. If you are using the camera, try to use the flashlight from your phone to add some lights to the image.

For every beginner struggling with photography, here is some general advice:

  • Use a tripod. If you are going to use your phone or small camera, you may use lighter ones, that are cheaper;
  • Avoid using glimmering, shiny and mirror objects. They are hard to use, difficult to use and almost impossible to balance the light;
  • Make it clean, simple and not cluttered. Avoid using backgrounds with small patterns, stripes, dots.

How to get started in photography?

First of all, chose the primary object and place it the middle of the picture. Your composition should be centered around the main object. Learn some basic rules, including the ‘golden ratio’ composition rule.

Next, try to focus on the object in the picture and find the right spot to focus on. Generally, photographers try to focus on the point that closer to the lenses.

Moreover, learn some basic terms and what the numbers on the lenses are. What will be the difference between 18-55 mm f3.5-5.6 and 105 mm f 1.8? This will help you set up your camera properly, find great optics and deal with the technical issues quickly.

In order to master basic photography techniques, you will also have to learn the modes on your camera. Take your time to find the difference between manual, portrait and landscape modes; find out more about shutter speed, and exposure. Other photography basics for beginners include an understanding of the ways lights can be used, mastering everyday things to help you achieve creative effects and leveling the horizon.

If you are planning to set up a blog, related to photography, you may well need to use your logo or some sort of watermark to use these images for your photography blogs ideas and posts.


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