Tabletop/Still Life Photography – Online “Practical”
Week 9 23 Attendees
David Gibbs presented an interesting evening to the club last night, showing how he had photographed three “Still Life” images.
David said that having time during Lockdown had enabled him to experiment with, Smoke Trails, Spiral Light Trails and Fruit Drop (water droplets on an Apple), which produced three excellent images.
David explained that the most important part of Still Life photography, is the planning, how to capture the correct light and the gathering of all the equipment needed to get the best shot.
David explained for each shot the photographic equipment he had used, his cameras, lenses, tripod, and lighting equipment as well as his home- made equipment that included a Pringles container transformed into a Snoot, Coloured sweet wrappers fixed to his torch to capture coloured light-lines, and some black paper he had scrunched around the apple to make it look as though it had risen from the dark.
David accompanied his presentation with meticulous diagrams showing the positioning of equipment and angles of light. At the end of the evening the club was set the challenge to experiment ourselves and produce a still life composition inspired by David’s ideas.
After the presentation David answered questions and this produced a discussion amongst the club about practical inexpensive tools used for set – ups including black and white card used for backgrounds and light reflectors, black glossy tiles used for reflective photography, and one member used his television screen as a background.
The evening was recorded and is available in the Members area if you missed it or want to catch the presentation again.
Thank you to David who worked hard on this talk and inspired many of us with his ideas and fabulous images.
Next Week: Winner on the Night – Theme Black and White and Open.