Document the holidays with a still life

by | Nov 30, 2009 | Digital Photography Tips | 2 comments

I’m a believer than 80-90% of your photos should have people in them. You might get groans (or you already do) from snapping yet another head shot, but I think it will be appreciated down the road. The other 10-20% tell the rest of the story, offering context for the memories you made. With abundant decor and special activities in your home and elsewhere, the holidays are a perfect time to capture still life photos.

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on) in an artificial setting. These images can document your world as well as be quite artful. Use these ideas to bring new creativity to your still life photos.

1. Look up

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2. Look down

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3. Get down

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4. Stop what you’re doing

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5. Get close inside

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6. Get close outside

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7. Look for texture

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8. Look for color

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9.  Look for pattern

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2 Comments

  1. Jenn White

    Great ideas! I plan to scrap as many of our favorite family ornaments as I can this year, with the stories that go with them.

    Reply
  2. Donna

    I did that last year as part of project 365. Great idea – now the meaning behind them won’t be lost.

    Reply

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