Still Life

September 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Still life and advertising is one of the projects we have for the upcoming year. Today was the first part covering basic lighting techniques for still life work. We were given quite boring, inanimate objects and asked to make them look interesting using lighting.

As photographers, light is our medium, our tool. Product photography and still life is a very important part of our lives. Everywhere you look you will see images promoting some kind of product or service.

Texture Lighting

We had access to basic lights and covered tables. We were given an old wooden chopping board and were asked to make it look good.

Texture lighting setup2013-09-05 - ian jukes - iPhone 4S-2

This was the basic setup. Things are kept very simple with the light source very low shining across the subject generating texture lighting. This kind of lighting is great for objects that have surface irregularities that we want to emphasise.

Chopping board showing lots of texture2013-09-05 - ian jukes - 267

This is the final image and I think it comes out pretty good given the basic setup. I didn’t even use a DSLR to capture it, my iPhone took this shot.

Black Edge Lighting

This technique is great for use with glass as it greatly masks blemishes and scratches at the same time giving the edges a nice black look.

2013-09-05 - ian jukes - iPhone 4S-8

A table is placed in front of a white background and the background is then lit. It really helps to turn out the room lights as we are trying to remove any surface reflections.

Black edge lighting of a glass artpiece2013-09-05 - ian jukes - iPhone 4S-12

The result can be quite stunning even with a quick basic setup. This again was from the iPhone. The use of coloured gels could add and extra dimension to this kind of work.

Here is a Pencast of Phil Brooks giving us the brief


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