Experience level: Beginner/Intermediate
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Autumn Still Life - by Stephanie Grenadier, 2015
For centuries, painters have used still life as a way to work with and understand light, using objects arranged in typically simple scenes. From the time of the ancient Egyptians, through today, artists have attempted to capture elements of daily life. Famous artists such as Rembrandt and Paul Cézanne have created still life paintings in their own styles, and the art form has evolved over the centuries.
Some photographers of note have even approached the topic, including Irving Penn and Ansel Adams, two photographers known mostly for very different subject matter.
Still life photography is a great learning tool, and can be done pretty easily even in small spaces. No special equipment is required, and most photographers will have everything they need around the house, and if not, the components required are typically inexpensive.
A simple setup requires a table or work surface, maybe some kind of backdrop if the wall behind your work area isn't particularly interesting (some type of draped cloth is great), a tripod, one or two light sources, a camera, and some "stuff".
A few simple items can provide hours of fun and exploration!
In this workshop we'll discuss the history of still life in art and photography, the importance of light, the components of light, how to use and experiment with light. Each photographer will then be given some work space in the studio, with a light, a work surface, a backdrop, and some objects. You supply the camera and tripod, and off we go, exploring light, shape, and form!
You should understand manual exposure, and have a tripod and camera. A fully charged battery, and memory card with adequate space would be good, too!
Bring a snack and a drink, and if you have interesting items to place in your shots, bring those, too!