Thursday, January 24, 2019

Still Life Portraiture.....

This little image is the third demo set up that I used to illustrate a little table top still life at the WCC last Saturday morning. As I have mentioned before in other posts, I am still learning how to do this, and some of my setups are somewhat silly, to say the least. This is probably one of them. I used the styrofoam head with the blue wig so that I could demonstrate the different patterns of light and shadows used in portraiture. The beauty of still life, as far as I can see, is that there aren't too many rules. It is up to the photographer what might be included. Usually I find that the more simple the image, and the fewer the items in it, the better. It is the lighting that makes or breaks the image, and it is not nearly as simple as one might think. Lately, I have been using LED lighting for my still life work. They are small, and enables me to work in a very small space. Before, when I used my studio lighting, I needed the whole studio to work in, since the light stands took up so much space. This image is an example of "short lighting" with the main light coming from the far side, placing the shadow side of the face toward the camera. Add a little back, or rim lighting, and a bit of fill in the front, and there you go.....hope you enjoy my ramblings on Still Life Portraiture....for what it's worth. In the age of selfies, I doubt it will be worth much.....

2 comments:

John Minkowskyj said...

Like selfies are worth anything! I enjoyed your 'ramblings' for both photos 'Blue Bottles and Golden Slipper' and 'Still Life Portraiture..'
You are lucky to be with your Photo Club no matter what their narrow interests are. I'm sure you'll expand their photo base. It may take a while. Speaking of 'glamour' shoots, that reminds me of one I participated in when I first got into developing my own photos. Henry's opened a new store and had 2 models for customers to shoot. One was the Penthouse centerfold of the decade, red hair and light green eyes, from Ireland, a real beauty. The second was an unknown model,Mimi Kuzick. I remember the name because she was of Ukrainian descent. The Penthouse girl ha a throng around her for most of the 2 hours they were there. So i shot Mimi. Turns out Mimi was an aspiring actress. Low and behold a couple of decades later i see her in 'NYPD Blues' and other shows. I still have her photos.

David c.h. Brown said...

Thank you for your comments John. The WCC has model shoots on a fairly regular basis, and I have yet to attend one. Firstly, I cannot stand shooting in a crowd. Secondly, it appears that the models are in charge of the poses/routine, and no way could I do that. I personally prefer a more mature model, who has never done any modeling before. I guess you could say that I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to portraits. There are so many really photogenic people of either gender around who are not really conscious of it, and they come in all ages. What a lot of photographers don't realize is that the images made are not about them, but about the person being photographed.....too many egos behind the cameras today. Glad you had an opportunity to photograph someone who went onward and upward in her career. Cheers! Dave