Photographic Tips - 2

In the U.K. at the moment we are having a lot of wet weather. Not particularly good for photography!! So, if you are stuck indoors because of it, or perhaps simply waiting in for the delivery man, there is no reason why you cannot still get some pictures.
Have a quick look around the house and set yourself the task of making everyday objects into something interesting to photograph. You don’t need any special equipment just a little creativity.
Start with the usual things that come to mind like fruit and veg. Add some bowls and perhaps a piece of cutlery. Jars of herbs and spices have different colours in them (turn the labels round.) You don’t need studio lighting. Placed near a window, especially on a dull day the light from the window is perfect for ‘still life’ studies.
Use the long end of your zoom or the macro to get striking results, and you will never know that they were taken on the table, kitchen sink draining board, or the window sill.
Now look around for some household plants, toys, objects that you take for granted, like candle sticks, even furniture. Some things can be taken at different angles to what you are used to seeing them and get people guessing as to what they really are. Mirrors too are great for reflection of light and also producing unusual shots. Also white card placed out of sight can reflect light into dark areas of the shot.
Use a white, black or coloured piece of card to avoid any distracting background.
I have sometimes made a mini studio out of card to place the object in (open topped to let in the light.).
Don’t use flash, try it in the natural light.
The beauty of a digital camera is that you can keep looking to see what you have taken, and just keep on until you get what you think is a great image.
With the indoor lights on you can get a warmer look if that is what you are after,
the watchword is “experiment”.

Just be creative, nothing is too mundane, from the floor to the ceiling.

Happy days in. – Ted

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