Still Life Advice Needed!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Emmspace, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Emmspace macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2008
    So I just came to the conclusion that every picture I have uploaded to my design portfolio Emmspace Design looks like a crappy eBay picture. I have a nice camera (Sony DSLR) and a tripod. How would you guys recommend I improve my still life shooting? I have no lights, other than just regular reading lamps. Any help would be amazing! I am enclosing a crappy shot, just so you can see what I mean. Here it is:

  2. SolracSelbor macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    You definitely need some different angles and better lighting. You need to ask Fett, he has the best still life photos I have ever seen.
  3. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Get a strobe or some kind of light, and check out to learn all that you can about lighting.

    Lighting will improve your photos 1000% no questions asked.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You don't need any fancy lights. All you need is a table next to a window. The window will make a nice main light and you can fill with a large sheet of white cardboad used as a reflector. If you must work at night, go to Home Depot and buy a 500 watt haligen work light. Aim the light at a white wall and use the bright spot on the wall as if it were the window. There are dozens of low cost/no cost lighting techniques, for example making a kind of tent out of thin white nylon or a very small version from a white milk jug with the botom cut out.

    The hardest part is knowing what you want to do. I suggest ripping pages from magizines and catalogs when you see a photo you would like to duplicate. Then try to copy the effect yourself.

    There are also a b'zillion books on this subject. Even 30 year old books from your local library will still be applicable a light did not change with the invention of "digiital".

    Above all else do not use the strobe that is built into your camera.
  5. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    $10 DIY light tent (cardboard box, exacto knife and tracing paper,) some interesting colors and materials for sweeping backgrounds and some light (flashes, desk lamps...) and some white and black foamcore for reflectors and black flags.

    It's all about the light and shadows.

    Google $10 macro studio, go bigger- either with a box or Ikea hamper or whatever.

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