11 Aug Every tableware is not easy! Still life photography-1 0 secrets
There is an Italian luxury brand called #杜嘉班纳#
Offended a Chinese tableware called #Handle#
Since then it disappeared in the land of China
Apologizing in Chinese won’t work either
……It’s not easy to express in Northeastern dialect
D&G’s Chopsticks to eat Western food ads were criticized for being full of superiority and contempt for Chinese culture. Dalan V Palace Museum published a special Weibo with the content “Chinese chopsticks, every pair is not simple”, which meaningfully responded to the brand. People’s Daily, Beijing News and other small partners also published the same content and praised the Forbidden City.
The picture on this Weibo is a cultural relic chopsticks in Chinese history. The materials are golden and jade, and the shapes are simple or gorgeous, and all are elegant and generous, showing the profound and long-lasting culture of Chinese chopsticks. Netizens were overwhelmed by it one after another, commenting “not only Chinese but also Chinese sentiment”. It is even said that “Pizza is a violent thing” and “D&G knows the ball.”
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As photographers with “photographic eyes”, we not only see the lofty national spirit of the Forbidden City Lord, but also see his superb photographic skills. Let’s extend this issue and talk about still life photography~
Still Life Photography
Tracing back to the types of photography techniques, still life photography should be the longest in development. In the early stage of the development of photography technology, due to technical limitations, the exposure time will last a long time, so shooting still life is the best choice. However, with the development of technology, the charm of still life photography remains one of the most important photography techniques. Next, you can learn how to shoot creatively, and you can also take your own photos.
Unlike the usual, you don’t need to find a studio for still life photography or a very ideal place for this purpose. You can find a convenient space at home to start your photography work, such as a table next to the bed, with a simple background next to it, and some lamps.
Still life photography is very different from landscape photography and portrait photography. Landscapes and figures generally set a theme, either a mountain or a model. They can vary greatly, and the creative space is readily available. In front of you.
However, still life photography is different. They change very little. All situations are controlled by the photographer, including the subject. You need to rack your brains to think of interesting and novel ways to creatively capture their characteristics.
What kind of photos you take is completely up to you. Look for something interesting but simple in the house. Don’t think that you have to shoot fruits or flowers like other people. You can choose your subjects openly, but don’t choose the ones that are too difficult.
When you go out and shop around, if something attracts your attention, take it home (but not steal it), or make a mark and take it later when you have time. Try to avoid objects with reflective surfaces such as grass and metal, because the light used to shoot them is very difficult to control.
Once you have mastered the shooting technology of a single object, try to shoot several objects together. It is best to take a few objects with different shapes, colors, and textures to see if you can achieve good results.
It is not necessary to use very expensive lighting equipment. I am very aware that my budget cannot afford a complete set of studio lighting, so I will try to use the lighting equipment I can use to shoot still life. Please keep in mind that all aspects of photography need to be under your control. If you think so, you need to find a room with shutters or curtains to block all the natural light, so that you can fully control the light that shines on you. The light on the subject is gone.
If you can effectively use general lighting, you can also achieve good results. Be sure to try a few more placements besides placing it in front of the actual object. The light projected from the side and back can increase the fun, light and shadow of the lens and the sense of depth.
Otherwise, you can choose a room where the light comes from only one window, and use this as an advantage. Sunlight illuminates the object from an angle, you can use other lights or reflectors to adjust the desired light.
Tripod and angle
Depending on your lighting conditions, a tripod and cable release may or may not be needed. I recommend using these devices, because with these devices, you can better observe and photograph your objects. These devices can also make the aperture speed slightly longer, move the focus point of the image forward, and blur the background, if you need it.
However, don’t let the fixed-position camera limit your creativity. Once you use a tripod, it is easier to forget that all photos are taken from one angle due to the fixed position.
You need to make sure you can adjust the angle and height when shooting. Otherwise, before you know and make adjustments, your entire series of photographs are shot from one angle, with very small changes and extremely limited changes. The angle and height can be adjusted at the same time. You can try a bird’s-eye view to shoot the subject, from top to bottom, but be careful not to cast shadows on the subject during the movement.
Use background correctly
Choosing a good background plays a very important role in creating a successful work. It is best to choose a background that is simple but beautiful, so that it will not have a big impact on the objects you are shooting. A plain wall or a large white or plain paper is a good choice.
You need to carefully consider if you choose a background to support the real object, do you want a neutral background or a background that matches the color of the real object. For some relatively small objects, it may not be necessary to use a background. You can use a substrate instead. For example, black velvet would be a good choice because it can absorb light and make the substrate look pure black.
Combination of shooting elements
The combination of various creative elements is very important for taking a unique and exquisite still life photography. Combining the rule of thirds, you should consider how to make your work achieve the best combination of various elements. Make sure that there are no distracting elements in the picture, only the subject and background.
Try to use some creative thinking to change the combination of various elements to shoot. Where do you want the focus of the audience to be? Will you make full use of the empty space around the object, is it possible to try to fill the picture? What is the most remarkable feature of the subject you are shooting? What is it for? Does it exist as a part of the whole or as a separate subject?
Repeated shooting for a long time
I can often feel that the purpose of shooting determines the mood in the work. So if you just take photos to relax yourself, you will feel less oppressed, so you can ensure a good restoration of what photography wants to express. Doing things aimlessly is definitely a bad habit, but for still life photography, it may be good. Because you need enough time to complete your masterpiece.
Unlike scene photography, the light does not change quickly; and unlike portrait photography, your subject will not become more and more boring. It has always been like this without any change. These are the advantages of still life photography. You can fix your subject, light, background and camera, take some photos, then change them, and continue shooting. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you can walk away for a while, have a cup of coffee and then come back to continue shooting.
Still life photography has no reason not to exclude clear and clean photos, because you have enough time to adjust the light and focus. If you have a macro lens on hand, that would be great. If not, try to select the macro mode of your camera, which will allow you to better capture the details of your subject.
Inspire inspiration through masterpieces
If you are entangled in light, composition and composition, you may need some inspiration. A better way to find inspiration is to look at the still life works of the masters many years ago. Search the Internet for Renaissance still life art works and carefully observe the various elements of these works.
Studying these works will help you better think about the comprehensive use of composition, shadows and colors. I hope these can give you inspiration and enable you to shoot more exciting works.
It’s time to try your skills
Now is the time for you to try your skills. Find a free time from your schedule to practice. Try to find and set up your camera, arrange your background, lean against the window to get a suitable light spot, and then start shooting.
Once you have mastered the basic experiments, you can do some experiments by changing the angle and light of the camera, or using some variable light sources, such as candles and desk lamps. Aperture is also a part of creativity. Using a fixed focal lens of f/1.8 can obtain a special fixed focal background artistic effect. If you use a real object as an experimental object, then shoot it. Still life photography is not only about fruits and flowers. So, find a unique and fascinating object as a start and start photography.
There is a great demand for still life photography, especially now that photographic works can be easily uploaded to online photographic material libraries, which are generally used for magazines, commercial publications or online content. Once you have taken a shot, don’t be afraid to share it on the Internet.
Interested in still life photography
Just learn it while the iron is hot!