In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we appeal to macro lovers everywhere and show you how to make a simple tabletop studio from paper and lamps.
Have you ever felt that photos viewed straight out of the camera look and feel a little flat, and lacking in emotion? Here, we’ll show you one of our favourite still life photography ideas: how to capture a stunning and simple still life using just natural light. Then we’ll combine it with a texture before converting it to black and white – quickly transforming your shot from ordinary to extraordinary.
As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination.
Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by photographers who are experts in these fields.
For September we aim to have you capitalize on the splendid late-summer light and splashes of brilliant colour. Our photo ideas will have you snapping verywhere from pool-side to the helm of a boat!
Water is a wonderful subject to photograph. The possibilities are endless, whether you’re using a slow shutter speed to create a zen-like stillness or a super-fast exposure to capture the action of falling drops. Here, we’ve given both water and flower photography a twist, resulting in flower photography that really makes a splash.
Find out how our experts rated the 80cm Phottix Light Tent Cube Soft Box and its coloured backgrounds for product photography.
Here at Digital Camera World we’re not afraid of courting controversy. OK, maybe we are a little bit, which is why we thought it was time to be bold. We’ve interviewed a number of famous photographers over the years and been inspired by each of them, but as many readers often ask us… “who are the best photographers of all time?”
We put on our thinking caps and took a stab it. Following lots of coffee and some heated arguments, we agreed on a list of the 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.
Using window light to take photos at home is perfect when it’s available, but when it’s in short supply you need a more reliable and predictable light source. The ultimate solution is a studio flash set-up, but there’s a simpler and cheaper option: a tabletop studio.
Off-camera flash is a great way to create a backlight effect that can boost your still life photography. It’s an easy technique to master, and can add real depth and character to still lifes.
The trick is to create a lovely light rim around your subject, which will show off its shape and edge detail – the prickles of our thistle look great when they’re lit from behind.
As often seen in still life photography, the colours and textures in this still life image give it the feel of a classic painting.
‘Tomato Soup’ by Shootn made us hungry for tomato soup and white bread the moment we saw it. It’s a great still life photograph, and it’s evident that the photographer has taken care to consider the layout of this image down to the small details. For us, the streak of sunshine falling over the bowl really adds an additional warmth and ‘friendliness’ to the feel of the photograph.