For this month, April 2020, the theme challenge is “Still Life”.
With the challenges we have been facing over the past few weeks of practicing social distancing and self isolation this month’s theme is about getting your camera out and taking photos of objects around the house.
You can dig out that old aquarium and take some shots of dropping items in the water, assemble a few of your favorite items of sentimental value, or gather some food items and make an interesting photograph. Take a desk lamp or use window light and try lighting your subject from different directions, even light painting using a flashlight with a long exposure can make interesting photographs. Still Life photography is all about an idea, taking the time to plan, use effective lighting and trying many different compositions to end up with an interesting image.
Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.
As always with our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below is a YouTube video link to help with some hints and ideas.
Still Life Photography instructional aid:
■ 7 how-to tips for shooting still life photography: by COOPH (3min 34sec)
An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.