Light Tents

Light tent - Sweet Peppers

Still Life Photography

When taking still life shots with your camera, it’s all about composition and lighting. You are in control and you create the image that you want to take. Ultimately you are an artist with a camera. It takes time and patience to master these techniques and to become the master. By master we mean that you and not the equipment is in control, not the other way around.

With still life, you can tell a story and what you chose as a background becomes as important as the subject you’re about to shoot. You need to consider if the background should be prominent or just fade away into nothingness. You achieve this with props but mainly with the control of lighting – various softboxes, spots and snoots. To paint with light and to create the drama between the foreground (the main subject in the photo) and the background. This interplay between the two requires your creativity and this will come as you develop as the artist. With your own preferred style that you create.

light tent - beer bottle and glassThe Photo Light Tent

There are times when a more formal still life image is required. I thinking here of product photography. Where the image needs the same careful posing and lighting but where the background needs to be removed. And for that you need a Photographers Light Tent, like the ones shown here Light Tent

The light tent removes all noise from the background and makes the subject the one and only element in the frame. This is desired result as the subject is key and we’re trying to remove any annoying reflections. This is more difficult if the subject is very shiny as it picks up reflections from in front of the camera and reflects them straight back. But you can control this to a certain extent by changing your camera angle.

light tent - spectaclesDevelop Your Style

But remember practice makes perfect and as you perfect your technique you’ll develop your own style. Which will be pleasing to you and to your appealing to your customers.

How to use a light tent

How to use a light tent – video

Product photography tips

Learning for Fun

Continuous Learning

Learning is a key part of human development. We all benefit from a continuous flow of information and knowledge that we process and assimilate. That ultimately fulfills us and exercises the mind at the same time.

The mind needs a constant set of stimulus (as in learning new things and skills) otherwise it becomes static and boring. It starts to lose its grip. I tend to think the learning ends when we finish high school, or a little later when we complete our college education in our early adult years. After that we work. But that’s not necessarily how it should be and learning as part of any daily physical exercise should become part of your training regimen to a healthy body.

After College

The good thing is that now learning after the school and college years is now more accessible than ever and we should all be able to find a college or institute that has adult classes. And these can now offer a bewildering range of subjects and diverse set of courses, from which to choose. Now’s a great time to explore what’s out there.

However not all of us are able or inclined to learn for learning’s sake. But we must all find a way of reducing the amount of tv we watch. TV is the great time waster of our age. So many man hours are spent in front of them. Far more time than is spent doing a day’s work – that’s a lot of hours.

Other Mind Activities

Hobbies, clubs, sports. Almost anything is better than sitting for hours, snacking and just consuming mind numbing content. Hobbies, clubs and societies, especially the ones you’re really passionate about will occupy you in many ways. But the main thing is that your exercising you brain the way it needs to be exercised by learning, rationalizing, assimilating. A constant feedback loop for nourishing your mind.