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Recently during a projecteducate week focusing on Still Life Photography we asked for you to share the issues that you might have when trying to obtain some great Still Life Shots. Through this series of articles we hope to answer some of the queries or give you that push you need to step outside boundaries and get creative. The first frustration came from 1510 who struggled with Lighting additionally a further 19 Deviants voted on the poll to indicate they had the same issues.

"Lighting. I always have to use just window or lamps which are never
good. kind of given up on still life photos, even I have still tons of
ideas..." 1510

"1510 lamps and natural light are a perfectly good way of lighting a subject. Many 'professional' lighting solutions, particularly the ones that burn 'hot' or constantly, are not much more than high wattage incandescent light bulbs often with some sort of cooling (to prolong the lifespan of the bulb). Other lighting options use strobes, off-camera flash units, that achieve much the same effect without putting out hundreds of watts of thermal energy and literally heating a room.

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Desk lamps in particular, are a good, and cheap means of lighting a subject. You can even get daylight balanced bulbs to use in them so you can use the lamps in conjunction with natural daylight. Granted such bulbs may have a price premium over normal incandescent or CCFL bulbs.

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If you're not going to get a daylight balanced bulb, then the most important concern with artificial lighting, is the white balance.
Incandescent bulbs are black body radiators, in other words, white balance should be easy to achieve, as the hotter an incandescent bulb burns, the whiter, and eventually bluer it will be. Most common lamps don't burn hot enough for that, though, so you're looking at around 2500 to 3500 kelvin.
CCFL Bulbs (more commonly known as energy saving bulbs) are fluorescent bulbs. All fluorescent emit UV light inside the tubes, which is then converted to visible light in the tube using phosphor. The important point is the fluorescent lights don't follow the form of a black body spectrum, so white balancing is a little more difficult with these bulbs. But certainly not impossible.

Windowsill II by rosaarvensis


All that said, the main difference between a desk lamp, or equivalent and constant studio lighting is in the power of the lighting.

This doesn't or shouldn't represent much of an issue for most still life photography, as you can simply use a longer shutter speed to compensate for the lower lighting. Of course, the other option is to simply place the lamp as close to the subject as possible, which, thanks to the inverse square law, will give you large gains even with a small distance adjustment.

Personally, a lot of my hand held indoor macro images have been lit with just my desk lamp as a source of light, so, using cheap lighting is certainly not a limitation to some semi decent lighting options. "

~sine-out 


Tutorials


Food Photography Basics by claremanson

The above tutorial helps you to learn how to get the most from the conditions you are working with. claremanson shares her tips and tricks for achieving natural looking still life photographs.

How to make a Light box by The-House-of-Mouse

My DIY Light Box by luthien27



"I'd say for lighting, use windows and as much natural light as possible.  The sun is your friend for sure. Also, lighting is the MOST important part of the photo. You can have the best composition ever but if your lighting is bad the whole photo is too. So set up your lighting, then set up the background, composition first.

In my window. by incredi

Utilize all the awesome tutorials and articles on Devianart and get books from your library or see if you can borrow books from your local photographers! Learning from the pros in any way either in books or quick 1 on 1 questions etc is so important so always keep doing that!"
~ AJ333 


Thanks to everyone who helped out with the article! Next time we're going to focus on Backgrounds...




The first in a series of journals exploring some of the frustrations that Deviants have come up with when trying to Photograph!
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting on June 15, 2012.
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Jo :)
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)

I added a new section to #DevNews for the photography community :nod: I will gather and post bi-weekly :excited:

If at anytime you have something you would like more exposure for, feel free to note me :nod:

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1510 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this is great and very helpful!
I actually did build lightbox over a year ago, it was awesome shooting with it. However, had to move, and since it was from one continent to another had to leave it behind. Should make another one, and I will post some photos soon again, as soon as I get better (feeling sick for few days, that is a reason I have not been around in a while)

thanks to all with comments and advices! :heart:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!:) :heart:
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:iconincredi:
incredi Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   Photographer
Excellent ! and Thank you for selecting one of my photos :hug:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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Limaria Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I have about four different home-made lightboxes by now and I still find myself juggling lights, screens and the remote release sometimes :lol:

Btw, in case you are still looking for topics: One of the things/magic tricks I've found myself explaining quite often recently, especially to people trying macro photography and struggling with sharpness/dof, is aperture control instead of setting the exposure. :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:

That's a great topic! If you'd like to explain it for the blog when I get around to that topic then feel free to shoot me a note! :)
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I'm not that experiencend in writing tutorials but I'll do my best :D
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Added to #DevNews for June 1 Edition. :)
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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regularjane Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info...very useful :hug:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :)
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claremanson Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
love it! thank you :) can;t wait to see backgrounds as i always go for plain!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D I've been experimenting :P
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Setniew Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
nice txt
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   General Artist
This is a wonderful guide! Awesome variety and truly helpful tips, for all different categories of art!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   General Artist
:heart: Anytime, Kaz! :hug:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Digital Artist
This is awesome! So useful. Thanks, guys!! :heart:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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itsfrits Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Very informative! :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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luthien27 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
wonderful!! i'm gonna fav this and keep it for reading later :)
thanks for featuring my DIY light box :)
xoxoxo
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent!
You're very welcome, useful tools those! :)
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rosaarvensis Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for featuring my photo (which was taken with natural light) :D :hug:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Even better! :D A fine example of using natural light!
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rosaarvensis Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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martaraff Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
:clap:*
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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digikijo Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Might I ask you for your opinion on some photos? [link] [link]
I took those photos on my balcony (except for the one with the turtle). But I don't really know which one to consider best lit. Actually, I like the one with the turtle, because it doesn't have any visible shadows. the one with the ducks is overlit, I suppose.
The other 2... I don't know. is this redish colour ok?
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
In terms of lighting and set up I really prefer the turtle one the most - the background looks like you've set it up properly with a bit of care and attention and it just blends so well to the image. You still need to work a tiny bit on avoiding that flash bouncing off the glass, but I know that's easier said than done - especially where working with glass is concerned. The rabbit one is nice actually, because the shadow behind is crisp - in terms of showcasing products you'd probably want less sunlight and more commercial tones, but as an image it works well. The ducks is overlit - unfortunately that's because you have so much light in the product. It would be difficult to find a neutral fitting tone for the both of them since a black background will cause problems for the dark duck. However something neutral and in a block of colour such as a green or red might work.

The fruit jam is cute - but if you really want to show off your products then I suggest framing the whole jar in to show the extent of them. Maybe go in at a different angle from above or below to make it more interesting. Also work again on the reflection in the jar, to try and minimise it as much as possible so that we can see the awesome jam! :heart:
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digikijo Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for the tipps.
so I'll take my photos inside the house and on a cloudy day for best results (that was the case for the turtle). The other pictures were all natural lit by the sun, I suppose, that's why it's a bit too much :)

and the fruit jam photo is supposed to focus on the labels (those are pasta jars and I didn't want to show the name on the caps).
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The sun can work a lot of the time :nod: it's just where you place it, in direct sunlight it can be overwhelming.
Ah I see! Then that makes sense :)
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digikijo Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I usually placed it in direct sunlight, since there are no shadows on my balcony.
maybe I juste should create shadows, like with a sheet of paper (the sun would shine through a bit) or with something more massive to create a harder shadow.
Thanks again for your tips. It gave me some new ideas to try out :hug:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Haha, the never ending battle :dummy:
Maybe this will help me to not get frustrated by too many over/underexposed photos. Thank you!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know right!
I hope it does :heart:
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AJ333 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the comment feature!

And I agree with *ArtByCher, awesome information all around :eager:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for providing feedback! It was really useful :)
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:iconaj333:
AJ333 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad it was :la: Thanks again! :D
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is good information. Even for those of us who photograph our traditional work :)
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes definitely! Photographing paintings and such and artisan crafts must be a tough one!
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