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Still Life Photography

This group is about inanimate subjects, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, plants and natural substances like rocks) or man-made (drinking glasses, cigarettes, pipes, hotdogs and so on).

Location: Fort Lauderdale
Members: 88
Latest Activity: Feb 21

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).
In addition to knowing the fundamentals of photography, still life photographers have studio-lighting skills and the ability to use large-format view cameras.
Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects that are either human-made or "natural." Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape or portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition.
Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographers are expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makes pictures rather than takes them. Knowing where to look for propping and surfaces also is a required skill.
Notable Still Life Photographers
Irving Penn
Edward Weston

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still life

Started by Gene Boyd. Last reply by Joe Bradley Sep 5, 2012. 1 Reply

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Comment by barbara denham on January 28, 2013 at 3:04am

Comment by Joe Bradley on September 15, 2012 at 9:39pm

I have viewed alot of post here and IMO some miss the meaning of still. Still by definition is motionless. Still life, a painting of inanimate objects. Just saying :)

Comment by Joe Bradley on September 11, 2012 at 9:16pm

There are 87 people here and not much activity.

Comment by Carlos Porto on September 3, 2012 at 4:42am

Great Stilll Life Photography.

Comment by Joe Bradley on September 2, 2012 at 9:55pm

Well, here you go my 1st post here. Maybe I should have made it smaller.

Comment by Joe Bradley on September 2, 2012 at 9:54pm

Comment by Joe Bradley on August 29, 2012 at 10:05pm

Ok, I have a silly Question. What size of image can be poste here? I tryed to post yesterday, but it look distorted.

Comment by Jennifer R. Graevell on May 30, 2011 at 3:23pm

I like still life because it gives me the freedom to design an image.

Comment by Jorn on December 9, 2010 at 6:26am

Comment by Gene Boyd on October 13, 2010 at 7:24am


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