Tips On Photographing A Simple Still Life Shot

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by Peter Bargh.

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  • A macro lens is very useful but not essential
  • Tripod – one where the centre column can be turned horizontal is useful so you can get right in to the surface you’re working on. You could also use a table top tripod.



Before you start you need to make sure your cutlery is bath and that your egg doesn’t have any imperfections.

You need to work where there’s plenty of light so position yourself adjacent to a window/ patio doors. Plain backgrounds, particularly reflective ones, work best. Still life tables that have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: a perspex base function well but try using a piece of white card or plastic tray if you don’t have one. If you have white plastic windowsills try setting your until now life up on it but you may need to place a sheet of paper, netting or cloth on the glass to diffuse the light slightly.

When it comes to placement, experimentation is key as there are different ways to arrange your props for a successful shot. However, one that works particularly well is where you balance the egg inside two crossed across forks. Shooting this straight on produces perfectly good results but do try adjusting the angle of your setup or move your feet so you're stem from a different position.

Make sure your camera focuses on the correct point so you don’t end up with a blurry egg, watch your whitish balance and if you have a problem with unwanted shadows creeping into your shot, try moving your set-up or any objects nearby that could be form them.

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You can keep your shot in colour or to give more focus to the shapes and structure of the shot, convert it to black & white and / or use a slight vignette to pick the eye to the middle of the photograph.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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