One of the things I love most about being a photographer is the ability to see the world in so many different ways. I have learnt though, that I have my strengths and weaknesses. It's the same for many of my photographer friends - when you find your niche it's magic, but when you are required to shoot "outside your box"...well that's what I find the most challenging! Hands up any of you who have felt the same?
Portraits are my happy place. Families, couples, models, businessmen in suits, you name it! But when it comes to shooting details and decor? That's where I'm not so confident. So the best possible advice I can give to those of you who find yourselves in the same situation is this: practice, practice, practice!
"But I don't have a macro lens!"
"But I don't have a studio!"
"But I don't have lighting equipment!"
Sound familiar? Trust me I've been there! But you don't need a huge studio or expensive equipment. All the images in this post were shot on a patch of vinyl floor in my lounge, with window light and a reflector. I shot these with my 50mm f1.2 - I'm one of those who doesn't own a macro!
Yup, my location doesn't look like much does it? But this was the outcome:
To put this mini-shoot together took me an hour. I cut some flowers from the garden, chose three of my favourite perfume bottles, chose a pair of shoes from my cupboard and looked for the best patch of light. It didn't matter that I was surrounded by the laundry!
I tried a few different angles and arrangements. In the end there were six images that I was really happy with and felt could be worthy of a place in my portfolio.
Doing these mini-shoots also gives me a chance to experiment with different filters and effects.
The above image is typical of my editing style, but for the three below I wanted to try and create something that had a softer, more film-like feel.
These were all edited in Lightroom with a final tweak in Photoshop. I'm rather addicted to making my own Lightroom presets - many never see the light of day after my experiments, but this film-look one might just become a favourite!
Next time you have some time to kill, remember what your photography pressure-point is. Take out your camera and just go shoot! You might just be surprised with the results!
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