6 still life photography tips

September 29, 2016

You may have seen one of my first videos on my Instagram feed last week. This particular video was of a dining table set up, which I must say is one of my favourite things to do. (I don’t get out much). I’m really starting to feel that video gives you a more in depth insight into EDIT, and when I look at other people’s blogs or social feeds I immediately click on their videos.

Video mixed with photography does help to give you an overall sense of a person, brand, product..whatever. So I promise in future I’ll be hopping in front of the camera and speaking to you, once I muster up the courage.

In the meantime I’ve been very excited to receive a HUGE box of goodies from LSA. I adore styling products, especially when the design details are so beautiful, and the items I received range from glassware to crockery, perfect for a dining table set up. You’ll see I’ve featured the salad bowl, vase and 

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I bought some flowers including Gypsophila and a premade bunch of white flowers, of which I can’t remember the name, containing some greenery too. They only cost me a total of £3 for the lot!

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Design details are my thing and so when I’m photographing I like to get really close up, as close up as my camera will allow. To any outsider watching me do this, I reckon they might think there was something a bit wrong with me – getting excited over still life formations and saying out loud “ooh yea, that’s a good one”…but come on..that’s a good one, right?

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I’m no expert and could probably do with some lessons as my tactic is trial and error, but I’ve learnt a few things along the way, which I’d like to share with you.

  1. The best time of day to shoot is mid morning or late afternoon.
  2. Always use natural light. If you’re lacking in that department then you can use a simple light reflecting surface, such as the foil card bit you get in your smoked salmon packet. (yup)
  3. Prepare your set with care, but also don’t get too fussy – move things around to test out different formations as you may get a shot you hadn’t expected by being a bit more free with your styling.
  4. Focus on the details and get as close as you can, then step back and look at the styling as a whole, having different perspectives helps you create beautiful photographs.
  5. Add texture by using natural materials like woven fabrics, chunky knits, plants and flowers.
  6. Before packing everything away, upload your images to your computer so you can see them on a larger screen. You’ll know if you’ve got the right shots and if not, you can just carry on.

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I post on all of my social platforms each day, and since the new snapchat style video option has appeared on Instagram I’ve been posting a few of those too. We lead busy lives, so if you’d like to just dabble in a bit of EDIT from time to time, follow me on your preferred platform here: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, PInterest. Or just click on the links at the top of my site.
Happy snapping!

(Items in photographs: salad bowl, champagne glasses, dining set and vase also available at Amara)