Ex­pert ad­vice How to shoot a Baroque-in­flu­enced still life

Practical Photography (UK) - - Fine Arts At Home -

A still life shoot is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to use your cam­era in full manual mode, as you can re­view each shot and try dif­fer­ent set­tings. We used a medium aper­ture (around f/8), a low ISO and then di­alled in the re­quired shut­ter speed from the cam­era’s spot me­ter­ing.

Tak­ing full con­trol of the light­ing is key to get­ting the right look. Cre­ate a blacked-out room or wait un­til af­ter dark to shoot. Use a hand­held lamp, with its light soft­ened by kitchen pa­per.

With just a sin­gle bulb as a light source, and a de­sire to keep the qual­ity high by us­ing a low ISO set­ting, you will need to shoot at a shut­ter speed that’s too low to hand­hold your cam­era. A tri­pod is a vi­tal bit of kit for still life pho­tog­ra­phy, so set up your cam­era in po­si­tion.

Use a base such as a din­ing ta­ble for your still life scene, build­ing up dif­fer­ent lay­ers with empty boxes. Drape an old vel­vet cur­tain over the boxes and the ta­ble for a hint of deca­dence and then raid the cup­boards for suit­able plates and plat­ters to hold the fruit and veg that you’ve bought. With the cam­era se­curely clamped to a tri­pod, use Live View to com­pose the shot and check your fo­cus.

Hold­ing the light be­low the sub­ject for an up-light­ing ef­fect will give the best look, and by us­ing your cam­era’s self-timer you will avoid any blur caused by vi­bra­tions from press­ing the shut­ter.

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