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Project Educate: Natural Still Life PhotographsProject Educate: Natural Still Life Photographs by PiecesOfAnsley
Using Natural Lighting and Outdoor Environments in Still Life
Many wonderful still life photographers use indoor setups and lighting for their photography. But, since I started out as a nature photographer, I like to utilize natural light and shoot my still life photos outdoors. However, taming the outdoor world can be a little tricky, so I wanted to write an article discussing several tips for improving outdoor still life shots and explaining how I shot several of my own still life photographs.
Here are several tips...
1.) Try different angles. Outdoor lighting environments can look widely different depending on the angle, since the angle you shoot at can change lighting, general perspective of the subject, and what is in your background. So for each shot I take, I always try several different angles. I also try re-positioning my subject a few times and even moving to a different outdoor area.
An Interview with Theresatheresahelmer has been on deviantART for just over three years and has very much been in the public eye with regards to Still Life Photography over the past months with her fantastic culinary captures. In this interview Theresa talks a bit about her style, her inspirations and advice for aspiring food photographers.An Interview with Theresa by Kaz-D
1) Hi Theresa! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you find yourself undertaking Photography.
First, I am happy to have this opportunity to share with you my true self. My name is Theresa Helmer and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. For years and years, my profession was international import trade law compliance, specialized in rules and regulations, but these days i regard myself a food stylist and food photographer. What attracts me to food photography? To put it in the simplest term - I love food. In the beginning, i took on photography as a hobby only, slowly but surely i am now developing my hobby into a small
Camera Raw Tools for PhotographersCamera Raw Tools for Photographers by Kaz-D
This article aims to highlight some of the more useful tools that you can find in Camera RAW. It's doesn't cover everything, and purely focuses on the useful things for the image used. But hopefully it will give a bit of insight and maybe even highlight something that you haven't used before...
This tool will save your life. Honestly. I'm not exaggerating! Whilst it is possible to 'over' soften an image, most of the time all that's required to reduce a little noise is to up the luminance slider just a little bit.
Auto White Balance
Quite often , the white balance can be the only thing that upsets an image. In the example that I'm using, the day was fairly dull but the whiteness of the sky was quite overpowering. Therefore the clarity of the image turned out to be weaker than I wanted and the light 'harsher.' Using 'Auto White Balance' gave it an Autumnal sort of feel and a tinge of orang
5 Tips for Smartphone PhotographyThey're getting more and more popular, so what is the best way of utilising the camera on your Smartphone to ensure you get the best results possible? This article shares some fantastic tips that offer a few guidelines for capturing good images with your phone. If you've got a top tip that you think is useful please share it in the comments as well - this list is by no means finished!5 Tips for Smartphone Photography by Kaz-D
1) Clean Your Lens!
Unlike 'Proper' cameras, we're not overly precious about our smartphones. They go in and out of pockets and get left on all sorts of surfaces a lot of the time. Depending on the phone you have, you may be pressing your fingers into the lens whilst making a call without even realising it. So to get the best results, ensure your lens is cleaned regularly.
As with all photographs, composition is key. However you don't get much in the way of editing allowance after you've taken a photograph on your phone. You can chang