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Still Life Photography

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:24 PM
Still Life Photography is much like Still Life art in general, in the sense that the photograph (instead of a canvas) depicts inanimate objects and subject matters overall. Often, objects are grouped together for this portrayal, which the photographer exploits to really create a fantastic composition. Photography allows the artist more of a chance to arrange the objects for capture easily.

However, Still Life Photography isn't as easy as it sounds. One must think about the lighting, composition, and other matters to really make the photograph attractive and engaging. This is similar to Still Life art, in which Still Life Photography is founded upon.

You could say that Still Life Photography is influenced from the romanticism of traditional painting techniques. Still Life isn't simply the arrangement of objects, it is the presentation and illustration of the natural world, something more than a simple record. Photographs represent more than just what is there, they represent ourselves too.

Since the creation of photography, people have sought to emulate the traditional art forms of still life in photographic form. This involves experimentation to broaden the scope of Still Life Photography, as well as the involvement of the photographer in the process of creating the scene from an empty space. Lighting, techniques, exposure, post-processing and much more stretch the photographer's artistic and technical abilities.

Still Life Photography presents an element of control in many of the things listed above, as well as the contrast and colour of the shot too. Every single bit of what is captured contributes to the overall piece.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Still Life Photography, please feel free to click here to read more about it.

Artists to check out:

Irving Penn

Edward Weston

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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
very informative and awesome!
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fab article,I did that in my school which is not easy through :P
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is definitely harder than it looks!
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agreed on that part.
DistortedSmile Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: Love this
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you do! :hug:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic :)
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful article. :heart:
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