Last week I have decided to do something new. Still Life photography is not something that I had done before and I thought it could be quite interesting to try it out. So I bought me a sheet of glossy black perspex and spent one day trying to photograph water splashes and objects. I must say, I do enjoy it for the most part but with some objects, it can get quite tedious. Sometimes, you have to shoot for post production – and I don’t like that.
Water Splash And Glass
First, I started out in my garden. The best place to shoot falling wine glasses filled with water without having to clean up the mess afterwards – with exception to broken glass, of course.
I laid down the sheet of perspex on a table that I have out there and prepared a few buckets of water. Hung a black backdrop a few feet away so that I can strobe some colour onto it. For my second Speedlight, I placed it just behind my subject with a square softbox modifier to give my subject a highlight along the edge. Then, I began dropping the glasses down onto the perspex while attempting to trigger the shutter with my remote. Oh, it was so very tedious, I took more images than I could count. And among them, there were a few interesting shots.
I will most definitely go back to this on the future dates to try some more creative things.
Still Life Objects
Shooting still life can be a little less tedious. Although it can be quite annoying as I see myself needing to shoot for post-production to achieve the image I conceptualise. It requires a lot of attention to detail. Tiny bits of dust or fingerprint smudges on the object itself or the set – can really piss one off.
Never the less I did enjoy shooting still life. I will most certainly do it again. But first, i will look into techniques and kit I can use to achieve shots that I conceptualise without having to shoot for exposure blending, clone stamp tool etc.