Another photo prompt, another challenge. I so welcome these prompts from The Studio, each one is an exciting chance to learn. It’s also just plain fun to try new things and hone my still life photography skills. This prompt – In Corners – created a particular challenge for me. My studio has only one free corner for styling. The light in this corner is very flat and dull and dark.
Only one thing to do, create a “corner” area with a prop. The ideal prop would be a long door. It had to have peeling paint of course, the older the better, white, tall but thin to fit my space. On the hunt I went.
Guess what?! Found it right off at my favorite junk shop, Elmers Barn. I bonused out! The price was lower than I had in mind and it had two distinct sides, each with totally awesome patina and texture. Perfect!
Now to set up the room for still life photography. I put the door at a 90 degree angle to my north facing window and set a white foam core board as a reflector. I did not want shadows this time.
In my first styling I used blueberries from my garden. I love to use plants and flowers and even weeds from around my house.
With the blueberry shots I learned that placing the most prominent item directly in the corner works best. It makes for a complex image even though the overall theme is simplicity. In these edits I allowed the corner where the door meets the window trim to be a dominant part of the composition.
Here is a before and after shot of another styling in the corner. This edit is inspired by @lynn_palazzo and her sunflower images. I used to shy away from dark yellow flowers, feeling the color was too hard to soften. Lynn demonstrated how to make these strong colors #softdreamyphotography.
Here are the rest of the Jerusalem artichoke flower images. The corner is less prominent but still provides complexity to the composition. Way cool door texture right?!!
When there are many lines to straighten choose the one that your eye naturally picks as the most dominant one to use as your straight edge.
And one more styling just for fun. Some cool weeds from the bog down the street.
Thanks to Kim Klassen for the Studio Online still life photography prompt – In Corners.
Thanks to Lyn Palazzo for her inspiration.
Create something. Something that has no purpose or technical use, something that exists merely for our delight or the delight of others. Something like art.