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Camera School Homework - Still Life
Sorry everyone - haven't been taking many pics but here's my Camera School submission for last month - "Still Life". Goodness I really struggle with it, I find it really hard to photograph. I know what I want but getting it is another planet! Totally respect photographers and how they construct their 'sets' - we did it with window dressing when I was a teen but not in such minute detail and we never had to construct our own lighting or props from domestic appliances! Everytime I took a few pics and checked them on screen, I found flaws so had to go and rebuild everything AGAIN - over and over! My poor veg! Had fun though! Improvised a lot - used a ladder for a tripod (need to get a new one!) - used our bendy shaving mirror stand as a reflector - was great! .. and various bits of white lingerie as light diffusers! Heh Heh! - And, after all that I think I could have loaded a better image! Ho hum.. will save that for our 'Still Life' challenge in December? - Got to add, found one of their brief lessons a bit confusing. It was the one where you set for Manual focus, then half depress your shutter and zoom in .. or something like that. Think I did it all different ways and got terrible results and parts of my image were out of focus. I'm obviously misunderstanding what they are saying so have to work that out. :-(
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Photojunkie  [Nov 02, 2013 at 01:13 AM]
JOHN  [Nov 02, 2013 at 08:30 AM]
I think I recognise that red pepper. Still life is not an easy subject to photograph, I tend to think of it as paintings rather than photographs, but no reason they should not be photos.
You seem to be improvising with common household objects to assist Barbara, and why not, it may be foolish to buy expensive equipment if it's only likely to be used a couple of times.
A table top tripod can be useful though and some can be bought quite cheaply, so one of those may be worth while.
But this picture looks okay to me, and should suit your camera school project ideally, so well done for that.
Silversnapper  [Nov 02, 2013 at 01:18 PM]
Gosh Barbara, learning the technicalities of photography of photography can be daunting enough without have to try and interpret unclear tuition! but you have done a fair job here. I'm not sure what they were trying to teach you but for a shot like this you needed to focus a point 1/3 along the depth of the subject (the top of the stalk of the nearest mushroom would have been ideal), set your camera to a very small aperture of say f16 or even f22 if your lens goes that far and finally compose your image with the camera on a tripod (or a beanbag on a ladder at a push ). If you don't have a remote release set your camera self-timer to 2 seconds (or somewhere near that) and if everything is ready - press the shutter button. Regarding composition, groups of odd numbers, 3, 5, 7 etc seem to work best. I still haven't found out why but it does work!
George  [Nov 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM]
A creditable effort Barbara of a subject I have no expertise on at all.
It looks a fine selection with some nice colours.
Though the first thing that I noticed and tends to detract from the composition, is the edge of the table cutting through the red pepper, once noticed difficult to ignore.
But well done for persevering, look forward to seeing your submission in December (mins should be a hoot )
Helen  [Nov 03, 2013 at 03:48 PM]
Very well done Barbara, a nice sharp shot with an array of colour. I have decided not to bother with the CS this time too busy. Glad your enjoying it & Good luck.
Photojunkie  [Nov 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM]
Thanks everyone! - I think it's getting harder Helen! .. I also think I did submit the wrong one. The Colours in this are a bit strange. The brief was ISO 100 only regardless.. and the sample was a board on the cooker with a plain background (like the hob splashback tiles etc) ! - This was on the cooker George, and used the hood lights but the colours in my kitchen were too boring. You obviously always learn in hindsight don't you!
Merlynn  [Nov 03, 2013 at 11:01 PM]
All things considered that's not a bad effort Barbara, it's very colourful and sharp as per your strange remit/brief requirements, full marks for some very good improvisation by you to get the shot,
Very well done!
alanuk  [Nov 04, 2013 at 12:59 PM]
Late to this so it's all been said. I've got no skills in this area at all so well done for it a go.
Beermonsta  [Nov 04, 2013 at 07:26 PM]
I am very late on this one Barbara and I can only agree with the comments above, it is good to see you trying different things and also different lighting for your camera school work, very well done.