Still life photography is the photography of inanimate objects purposefully arranged and lit. There’s something very satisfying about capturing something exactly as you pictured it in your mind. The items themselves, their arrangement, lighting, and camera settings are all meticulously controlled to produce the desired result. Still life photography is arguably the most technical of the photographic disciplines. Because the scene, the lighting, and the camera are all under your control, it is good training for becoming proficient both technically (camera control) and artistically (composition and lighting).
Well, Google finally got around to updating the page rank for the site and I’m proud to say that Photodoto.com (not www.photodoto.com with the redundant www) is sitting pretty with a PR 6 (that’s good)! But that’s not all! The discussion group at Flickr just cracked 800 members and there are over 2,600 photos in the pool! You can tell I’m excited because I’ve used too many exclamation points!
Anyway, thank you, everyone, sincerely. Photodoto would not be a success without you.
A beautiful shot from the last Weekend Assignment, Black and White.
Photos posted in this category are selected from the contributions of members of the Photodoto discussion group at Flickr.com.
When you’re shooting towards a bright light source, like the sun, light may hit the lens directly. When that happens, flare will inevitably appear in your photos. Flare introduces strange reflections and robs contrast from your images. Lens hoods control flare by shading the lens.
But if you don’t have a hood or it isn’t working at the angle you need, use your hand. Raise your left hand to block the light source and shade your lens. You may have to hold your hand at arms length to get it out of the frame. On SLRs and DSLRs you can see the flare in the viewfinder so you’ll know when you’ve got it right. On point and shoots you can see the effect in the LCD.
Black and white photos appeal to people for many different reasons. For some, it is the simplicity and elegance that black and white can lend to a photo. For others, the classic, timeless look. But whatever the reason, black and white is definitely the right treatment for many photographs. Have a look at the black and white conversion techniques I discussed this week and try your hand at it. Notice how different techniques and settings yield very different images. Without the assistance (or distraction) of color, you’ll notice that your photos take on a completely different feel. When you’ve got something you like, share it with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group. And please share what conversion technique you used.