September 18, 2007 7:04am CST
I have an assignment of taking a photograph of a "still life" for my digital photography class this week. I was wondering if you guys could give me a heads up on exactly what makes a still life a still life? What criteria does a still life need to meet to be truly called a still life?
18 Sep 07
As above, you can create a still life from pretty much any inanimate objects. A bowl of fruit is the classic as it provides a variety of shapes and colours, but I've seen it done with a plate of potatoes and a ladies red stiletto shoe! How about cooking a full dinner and laying the table out with your best dinner service and linens. Provided you can light it well, you simply need to take pictures from various angles etc at different intervals of the meal. If you shoot before you lay out the food, then after serving, during eating and after eating (dirty plates, spills on the tablecloth etc) you should be able to pick out a great assignment shot or selection depending on your brief.