I was talking to Art Lance, a long time member of our group, the other day and the subject of themes came up in the conversation. Art had a good idea for a theme that would fit in well at this time of year (or any time of the year for that matter). Art suggested “Still Life”, a subject that can be photographed indoors or out.
A “Still Life” is a work of art (YES, WE ARE ARTISTS!) depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).
Here are a few examples (from Wikipedia ‘mostly’):
This time of year, when the weather is not great, would be a good time to do this type of photography. You can use artificial light for these, but the diffused light coming through a window is the best.
Backgrounds are particularly important in the making of these images. Simple uncluttered backgrounds are a must for successful images. You can drape a cloth sheet over distracting elements in your backgrounds if needed or use a large piece of white or colored mat board, anything that works. In Art’s image he told me he put a white cloth on a table and then slide the table up against his refrigerator. The result is a simple but effective background.
The current theme is “Winter” but I think we should wrap that up by the end of February ( I will give you a deadline for those images at the next meeting). I, personally, have had enough winter!
But for now, I see no reason not to get started on our new “Still Life” theme right away. Yesterday would be a good time to start. As Alan Cohen, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” wrote “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”
We will discuss this more at our next meeting; I just thought it was a good idea and worth getting a head start on.
So let’s see what we can do!
Cheers and happy shooting, Larry