The still life has been around for centuries, used by artists in order to practice painting techniques. In photography however, we can manipulate many factors in a still life to create a pleasing composition using the elements and principles.
Your assignment is to photograph a still life and create 3 high quality prints* from the shoot. You will manipulate lighting. You will also learn about contrast filters which increase the contrast of your print. One 5x7 print must be mounted on the front of black paper with two 3x5’s on
the back. You must also use a tripod for at least half of your roll.
*A high quality print includes: Full range of values, pleasing composition utilizing the
elements and principles, utilization of a contrast filter, manipulation of lighting. In addition, the print should be evenly mounted on black paper with all edges glued down.
Tips to Get Started:
The eye has a much larger range of sensitivity than film, therefore, beautiful rays may look appealing to the eye but may turn out as harsh white blotches on the film. You need to understand how light affects film. Just because you can see the still life doesn’t mean that it will be reproduced on film.
Lighting tips for beginners