The idea of still-life and studio photography can easily conjure up
thoughts of complicated studio set-ups with expensive, multiple lights,
umbrellas and giant softboxes. In an ideal situation and if you have the
money this is certainly the professional way of doing things.

But
things don’t need to be that complicated, especially when the most
dispensable form of quality light is free – daylight. If you can set up
in front of a large window in your house then you have the perfect way
to get fantastic and professional-looking still-life shots. So if the
weather is rubbish outside or you are just bored of Christmas telly,
have a go at shooting some simple still-life subjects.

Make a
visit to your local art shop and purchase some large sheets of card in a
variety of colours to use as both a base and background. Now you can
set yourself up in front of the window either on the floor or ideally
move a table in front of the window to allow you to work at a good
height. As the window light is coming from only one direction, some sort
of reflector is needed to fill in any shadows that you will get. You
can purchase fold-up reflectors made by Lastolite or you can make your
own out of card covered with crinkled-up kitchen foil taped to it.

Lastolite
also make mini light tents that help spread the light evenly over the
subject. You place these near a window or with desktop lamps either side
and place your subject inside. The panels of the tent light the subject
with a soft even light without any harsh shadows.

Once you have set up your mini studio, then it’s time to shoot some subjects.

Indoor Home Studio - Craig Roberts

© Craig Roberts

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Indoor Home Studio - Flowers
  3. 3. Indoor Home Studio - Painting with Light
  4. 4. Indoor Home Studio - Food
  5. 5. Indoor Home Studio - Kitchen Abstracts
  6. 6. Indoor Home Studio - Water Droplets
  7. 7. Indoor Home Studio - Using Available Light
  8. 8. Indoor Home Studio - Using a Lightbox
  9. 9. Indoor Home Studio - Using Your Gear
  10. 10. Indoor Home Studio - Top Tips
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  • Elisangela

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  • Amalia

    This is my third lens for my 550D. The 18-55mm kit lens has done some stellar work and the 50mm 1.4 has been brilailnt so why do I need another one?! Well, it’s the question of zoom. It’s not always practical to get closer to your subject for instance, you wouldn’t want to join a lion in its enclosure would you? Sometimes you want to be discreet and just leave people to their own business. I know how hard it can be trying to photograph my niece and nephew as they have a tendency to hide when the camera is out! Build quality wise, this lens is along the lines of the 18-55mm kit lens. It is plasticky but quite heavy. The zoom ring is surprisingly very smooth and there’s hardly any lens creep. Now, there’s one thing that no one has mentioned in their review this lens uses a fair bit of power from the camera battery. You can hear it humming virtually all of the time. Of course, considering the number of bits of glass inside the barrel, it does need power to align and focus. Just be prepared to carry a spare battery with you or use the lens sparingly. In operation, the lens is noisy when focusing but after all, this is a cheap lens but don’t let that put you off. The picture quality compensates for the build quality of the lens and the output is very good in fact, I would hasten to say it is better than the 18-55mm kit lens. Pictures taken in well lit areas will demonstrate how sharp this lens is at 250mm. I was taken back by the results of being able to ascertain the title on a book. The built-in image stabiliser is definitely worth having if you’re taking photos at maximum zoom. However, this lens doesn’t excel in low light conditions but after all, it isn’t really designed to perform in low light unless you use a flashgun. This is an excellent lens for someone beginning in DSLR territory. You get a lot of lens for not much money but be aware that it is noisy and drains the battery.

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