The still life photographers’ guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographers' guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographer’s guide to lighting stock photos

The still life photographer's guide to lighting stock photos

First set up by a window, and then tape a piece of white paper to a box to create a curve, creating a seamless backdrop. Arrange the crayons so that once framed they will be surrounded by white.

Check how the lighting falls on the crayons. You want the lighting to be as even as possible – if the crayons are casting shadows, a reflector can be used to help reduce the shadow effect.

If you don’t have a reflector then a simple sheet of white paper will do.

Kit needed
■ 40mm macro lens ■ Sheet of white A2 paper ■ Remote release ■ Reflector ■ Tripod

The still life photographer's guide to lighting stock photos: setup

The reflector helps remove harsh shadows, keeping the lighting nice and even

Highlight burnout can be an issue, so use the camera’s preview to check the exposure. This process is different according to your camera’s make and model.

On most Nikon DSLRs, for instance, click up on the control dial to rotate through the different views until you see the one that displays the image information, histogram and highlight mask. If any areas of the image are flashing, reduce the exposure slightly to help recover highlights.

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