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How To Be Creative With Still Life Photography & Large Objects

We've got a wide range of hints and tips to help you perfect your still life photography technique so your images have a more original look and feel.

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The COOPH team are super-sizing your still life photography skills by showing you how to photograph large objects, such as bikes and deckchairs, creatively. 

First up is the bike and the COOPH team demonstrate how the positioning of a few key lights can give your still life shots an edgy feel that's cool and almost a bit mysterious. 

 

Shadow still life of a bike

 

After 'stealth mode' comes a focus on macro product photography where detail is definitely the name of the game before the team switch it up to focus on hidden details with the help of angles. 

How about putting objects in unfamiliar settings to make them stand out or to convey a particular message just as the COOPH team do in the tutorial with their 'work/life balance' shot. 

 

Still life shot with a bike and accessories

 

If you have the room, you can create your own XL still life shot with the help of various accessories linked to your main object of choice. For the COOPH team, this is a bike so a helmet, bike pump and other accessories were added to a scene which sees the bike, unusually, positioned on a ladder. 

 

Upside down bike and rider

 

For a bit of fun, change the object's context or use objects of similar shapes to replace/replicate parts to give your images a creative twist. The backgrounds you choose will also alter the feel/mood/story of your image so remember to experiment with graphic shapes, leading lines and colour. 

 

Replaced bike wheel with circular shape

 

What 'larger than life' still life would you shoot? Share your results with us in the Gallery


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