So you've got a still life shot but it looks nothing like those epic pieces you see hitting the front page here on deviantART - the lighting, hues and general feel of the piece is just not as good as you feel it could be. Well that's okay! Photoshop in particular helps you enhance your shots to bring out the best in them - or the worst if you're not careful.
These are basically the processes that she goes through to edit a shot - saved and uploaded to deviantART for your use (provided you read the rules.) There are many floating around - and they add that little something.
So How Do They Work?
All you need to do is download a file that contains such actions...
In this particular one =lieveheersbeestje shares her Photoshop Silver & Bronze Actions. Once you've downloaded the file you just open it as you usually would and it will go straight into photoshop ready for use. If you're struggling check out this tutorial:
Give it a go!
=lieveheersbeestje - The Inside Scoop!
=lieveheersbeestje is fast becoming popular
for her still life photography and in particular her Photoshop
Actions. Here she talks about Still Life Photography from her
perspective and in particular, what advice she can offer for those
What area of Still Life Photography do you gravitate towards the most and why?
At the moment I really enjoy taking pictures of bottles. I buy these
little bottles at shops or online, and sometimes I make my own. I enjoy
doing this because you can do so many different things with them. You
can fill it with (colored) water or put little items in them, like
paper, jewelry. And I also really like to choose the composition and
What do you find are the challenges of staging your photographs to achieve still life shots?
It is always a bit difficult to find the perfect location for my still
life shots. Because I want it to be something unique and different, but
at the same time I need to have good and enough (sun)light too. So
lighting is definitely one of the most important things you need to
check when you want to make still life shots.
Are there any still life artists on deviantART that you look up to for
still life photography? If so who are they?
There are a lot of still life artists on deviantart I look up too, to name a few of them:
*Healzo First day I joined da I wanted to become such an amazing artist he is!
~aoao2 A lot of variety and he's just great with still life.
*Orwald The bokeh in her still life pictures is wonderful.
~andokadesbois Her bottle pictures are amazing!
*EliseEnchanted She has a lot of color in her (still life) photos and I like the creativity in them.
Do you have any tips for anyone starting with Still Life Photography or wanting to improve?
Just a lot of practice honestly. That is one of the most important
things that really helped me improve. I also browsed a lot on deviantART
to find more inspiration.
But photography books and websites with tutorials are very useful too!