Background

Keep it simple! Flat, wrinkle-free backgrounds are a good place to start, but you also need a few extra pieces of fabric or scarves, which they hang over the background or table if necessary. White gold cards / paper are good backgrounds or you could use a solid wall.

Composition

Do not rush to set up the scene, take your time to make it look good, move objects until you get the best composition you can achieve. Think about it in terms of what is higher and lower. Use items that differ in size, color and add different textures to your photo. Try moving your camera too much, just move it to the side. Don't forget the basic principles of photography, such as the rule of thirds, gebruik van negative space en het leiden van het oog.

You can find it easier to just get started with photography of an object and avoid shiny objects. After a while, try to introduce more items, play with different textures, colors and items. Don't be afraid to experiment; just because many other people photograph flowers etc. does not necessarily mean that you have to.

Support

A tripod is good - especially when you use slower shutter speeds, but it is not always an essential tool. That said, the tripod can ensure that you have your hands free for setting up the camera, changing the setup and other things. If you use a tripod, do not forget to adjust the position from time to time. Lower it, lift it and move it to one side to see if you can take a better photo.

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Still life by the window

Exposure

If you want to keep things simple, just use one light. A studio light is fine, but a powerful standard energy-saving lamp is also great because it produces soft light. Experiment with the position of your light as it moves. LED construction lights also work great, see above this article.

A tip: remove from the lampshade, make a hole in the side of a Pringles tube - imagine cutting doors in the tube - cut a T shape and fold the back of the doors, they help direct the light. Point that over the top and you get nicely focused light (make a hole in the lid of the Pringles tube and attach it to the fitting fitting).

You can use a reflector (try making one from foil if you don't have one) to get extra light in the photo if necessary.

If you do not want to use artificial light, stand close to a window and use a reflector to direct the light. If you notice that the light is a bit too strong, you can use curtains or net curtains as diffusers (as long as they are not colored and they will make a color cast) or simply hang a sheet.

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Still life with glass

Focus

A small aperture helps to increase the depth of field in your shot to focus everything, but this can result in slower shutter speeds, so you have a tripod at hand. Also take a few photos with different focal points. Invariably only one shot is fine, but it is handy to have the others in stock if you want to combine the best pieces of each. There are no real apologies for taking blurry photos. Take your time, check the settings, check the frame and always check your recording on the screen after you capture it.

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