I recently received an email advertising an online still life photography course from 2 lil owls - a photography blog that I follow. It has been awhile since I have taken an online photography course and since still life is one of my favorite subjects to photograph I thought “why not?” I certainly don’t think I have all of the answers and there is always something new to learn. In addition the course comes with backgrounds to print, textures and lightroom presets. Her textures and presets are always so lovely so this is a nice bonus to the course. If you are not familiar with her work check out her website at 2lilowls.com.
I have just started to delve into the course and the first few lessons were on the basics so nothing new there, but it did show me that I am on the right course and not alone in my obsession for finding unique antique props……..
The last lesson I watched was a great refresher, she suggested shooting the same setup at different apertures to see what blurs and how much, I don’t usually blur much of my backgrounds, but will certainly give it a try. She also suggested using different lenses which I have done but have never thought to use my lens baby when shooting still life - so, I have found another little pearl to try out.
My studio right now is full of boxes from our recent move and not yet ready to set up but now I am itching to get in there and get it ready. The weather is finally getting warmer and the days are getting longer which means more natural light.
With our lavender farm project in full swing I will be starting to shoot our products for the website and this course is getting me back into the mindset of setups, lighting, props, backgrounds, etc.
So, stay tuned and I will let you know what new things I learn about still life and product photography, because….
There is ALWAYS something new to learn.