Photography in lockdown

It is an interesting concept and one that I spoke about in my last post. When you are in lockdown trying to work out what to do can be hard.

Still life photography

This is probably the best type of photography to do when you are stuck at home. This genre also includes food photography and macro. I didn’t do either of those, but I had fun trying more still life.

Still life photography is something I really struggle with. I don’t know how to arrange everything. I think I do better when I am limited with objects. You can see that in the photos. Maybe I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to this sort of photography.

Thankfully you don’t need a lot to do this sort of stuff. Backdrops you can make yourself. Even some fabric can work. A window with natural light is really good. Maybe a reflector or a piece of white cardboard and a tripod. Oh yeah, a camera is good too. lol

I also spent a lot of time looking at still life images on the internet to try and give me some ideas. That can help. Really I guess, like all things, it is about practice and just trying things. I need to do more and make myself experiment. I have all the gear, so I need to start doing that.

Photography in Lockdown Video

Yeah, I have done a video on this. It is up on YouTube now. You can find the link here,Β Photography during Lockdown in Melbourne.

I tried to film what I was doing and give some ideas of what I was trying to achieve. It was a fun day and I played around for nearly the whole day. I had to move a few things around, but I got there. I’m lucky that my house gets a lot of natural light.

I’m leaving it there now. I leave you with a gallery of some of the photos I took. Take care everyone.

 

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    1. What happened to your desk and monitor? Did I miss something? I think I’m going to have to give mine up for a while to be able to keep my leg elevated. Lots of lifestyle changes involving less sitting more moving. πŸ™‚

    2. They are still there, but my husband Dave uses them for work now. So he is there 5 days a week. I can use it on the weekend and evenings, but I haven’t been. I have been doing lots of moving. The garden has been keeping me very very busy. It is hard too. I’m often sore at the end of the day, but hopefully it will be so worth it.

    3. You have developed so many new interests since we met. That’s exciting. Hope we can chat soon.

  1. Enjoyed the video. I think my favourite image balance wise is the featured image. But, I also like those interesting tea pots with the cup and saucer…very interesting and love the dark lighting.I seem to go for dark lighting whenever I try still lifes.

    Thought it neat that you made a nice background yourself. I tend to add texture later but capture seems better. With still lifes too it is funny how nice they can look as this artistic, painterly piece and yet when you pull back only a little part of the room is the set up and the rest just daily things in a room. The viewfinder sees what it needs to for the effort. πŸ™‚ Fun, you can do it anywhere there is light and dark and an interesting object.

    1. I loved the featured image too, it is my favourite as well. I also liked the raspberries.

      I have thought about adding textures after too, but I love doing the backdrops and I find it makes it easier in post. You are so right about the pulling back, it can so look so messy, and I wonder too if that is the problem I have when looking at my photos, I see the big picture and not just the one in front of me. You can do anywhere, which is something I love.
      Thank you Judy.

  2. Great still life images. I don’t have lighting equipment or backdrops, etc., so I don’t attempt still life photos. I’m also bad at arranging things! Outdoors is my comfort zone.

    1. I don’t have lighting either Anne, I just use light coming through the windows, I think a lot of photographers use that. Backdrops are easy, even just a piece of fabric can be used. Yeah arranging things is very hard, it is the thing I don’t think I’m very good at. Maybe it is time to challenge yourself Anne, and try something different. LOL. Thank you Anne.

  3. Dear Leanne,
    very well composed and edited. An unusual still life.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. They’re lovely, Leanne – they make a real creative statement with their simplicity of composition, looking artistically effortless (although I do appreciate they probably took some time and thought to set up!) – well done πŸ™‚

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