How to Set up for a minimalist still life
Control the shadows
Window light is a fantastic source of free illumination but you may want to ensure that you soften any shadows. Use a piece of white card as a reflector, placed opposite the window, to throw some light back at the subject.
Set up a tripod
Even if you have enough light falling on your subject for a fast enough shutter speed to handhold the camera, a tripod offers better stability. It also lets you lock your composition and frees up your hands when taking still life shots.
Use manual focus
Some still life setups, such as this white-on-white composition, can be a problem for autofocus systems, and cause them to hunt. Switch over to manual, but be careful to check your focus before each shot in case it has slipped.
Use the self-timer and Live View
Two of the most useful camera features for a still life photographer are the self-timer and Live View options. The former ensures absolute clarity by removing any chance of camera shake, while the latter has two great uses. Live View is really useful for checking your focus, as you can zoom in on your subject, and it’s a great compositional tool as it gives you a large, bright image of your subject.