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    Lighting still lifes

    I have an idea for a series of still lifes but have never set up or shot a still life. What are some of you folk's lighting set ups for still lifes. Just curious?
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    Mark can you give us more to go on please.

    Are you shooting in B&W or Colour?
    Size of objects?
    What format and lens are you considering?

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    Also, what type of lighting gear do you have at your disposal? Hot lights? Studio strobes?

    As Tony suggested, knowing more about what you're doing, and what you have to do it with, will help flesh out better suggestions.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    I have an idea for a series of still lifes but have never set up or shot a still life. What are some of you folk's lighting set ups for still lifes. Just curious?
    Used to use Alien Bees and a white lightning strobe and would move them around until it was "just right." Now I use a big bank of windows and a white piece of poster board--they look better now.
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    Still life includes a lot of things. Classical still life often looks best with simple window light or a big softbox that imitates window light. Product shots and food shots, though, are still life as well, and product photography can be really complex with multiple exposures for mixed lighting effects.

    I suppose I approach such subjects like portraits. Things are just inanimate people to me, I guess.
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    What sort of light do you see when you imagine the image?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    I suppose I approach such subjects like portraits. Things are just inanimate people to me, I guess.
    what David said...
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    I did product photography in a variety of studios for a couple of decades and enjoy shooting still lifes for creative purposes. My preference has always been to use hot lights unless there is a specific reason not to (motion or heat issues).
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    I'll be using what I have. One 160WS strobe, reflectors, one 6x8 foot window. I usually use this set up for portraits of the family. I want to do this in color preferably transparency cuz I just can't read a color neg without a proof print.

    I'm trying to do a study in color. I am having a heck of a time putting it into words but there will be raw paint pigments, curled color paper and what ever starikes my fancy. I am not interested in shadows but will play with them.

    Is this something a polaroid test shot would be good for?
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

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    Polaroid is useful, particularly for lighting ratios, but I find the color quite hard to match to any particular film. Maybe someone with more experience, though, might have a Polaroid/color film combo that's a good match.
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