I’ve started a new series of still life images. The last couple of years I’ve been photographing a lot of botanicals around my house and thought it might be interesting to bring them inside, into a studio environment.
My idea was to shoot them in a very minimalist way against a simple seamless background in order to emphasize the shapes and textures of the forms. I knew the shoots would need to be quick and ‘spur-of-the-moment’, since a lot of these would be fragile blooms that wouldn’t last long. I wanted the ability to see something special, bring it inside and photograph it in a matter of moments, not hours.
So how to set it up? I don’t have a studio space at home, but I knew I could easily create one for this project. One sheet of 32” x 40” mat board, a couple of big spring clamps and some north light from a window was all it took. I keep the mat board close at hand, next to the piano bench that I’m using as my support surface. Depending on the specific shot, sometimes I add a white sheer curtain to the window to further soften the light. A white card on the side of the shot opposite the window sometimes is needed for a bit of fill light as well.
That’s all there is to it! About as simple as you can get, but it works beautifully for this application.
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