Indoor project of the year: Engage in Still Life Photography

Fall is upon us people of the northern hemisphere and bad weather and lack of time is keeping me from going out there and photograph. Don't get me wrong: I know that for the landscape photographer "bad weather" is not a reason to stay home, but this weather is not bad in any good way: it is just dull.

So, since the dull days are upon me here in Belgium, it is that time of the year where I start to work on little projects. One of those include still life photography.

Still life is the visual equivalent of a novel: as a novel is crafted by its writer, a stil life image is crafted by its photographer, who has the total control over the image he is creating. Sure, a landscape photographer can bend reality to his taste or purpose, but the control he has is limited. A still life photographer has to choose from an ensemble of raw materials (subjects, set, lights, lenses, camera, camera settings) and put those together to tell his story. Still life photographs are made from scratch.

It requires a lot of patience, attention to details and technical competences to craft a successful still life and this can be intimidating. I know I was it. Plus, you read about still life and you realise you need a huge amount of expensive photographic gear to do this kind of photos, lights above all.

Let's face it: if you are a landscape photographer, chances are you do not have "the right equipment" to do still life. Or so I thought. It turns out, you can do pretty amazing still life photography with a single flashgun, a flash coord, a small soft box for your flashgun, a couple of tripods, some cardboards to stage your subject and, of course the subject. Oh, and a telephoto lens. You just need to have a dark soul that thrives in moody low key photography. 

Here a couple of images I have produced with my Olympus OM-D EM-10 mirrorless camera with the Sigma ART 60 f/2.8, a Metz flashgun, a Lastoline soft box, a small circular silver reflector and two pieces of black cardboards to create my stage. 

The Converse of my 2 1/2 yo son.

Autumn in a Jar