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8-Week Still Life Workshop

Posted by nbanjogal, 07 February 2017 · 190 views

I recently completed an 8-week Still Life Photography workshop from Don Giannatti, one of my favorite teachers. Still life has always been difficult for me, so I appreciated having to focus on it intently. We spent eight weeks trying out different perspectives and lighting techniques with various subjects to highlight texture, dimension, and so forth.

It was a good experience, and I learned quite a bit...I also learned that I could still use much more instruction and practice on composition in still life images. The class was challenging in a good way. It was challenging to find subjects to photograph (seriously--I'm sure I overthought it every time). And it was challenging to find the time to complete each week's assignment--I don't have much time to devote to photography these days. I managed (some weeks only just barely).

Here are some of the images I came away from the workshop with (those of you participate in the "Your Best Photo" threads will already have seen these--sorry for the repeat!):

Posted ImageStill Life with Nuts by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImagePecans in shell by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Pinecones by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Toilet Paper by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Wheat Grinder by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Keys by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Manikin by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Manikin by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageMy dad's old Minolta by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageRed and Turquoise by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Candy by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Nest by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Nest by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Posted ImageStill Life with Nest by Nicole Fernley, on Flickr

Anyway, glad I could squeeze this class in. I'm already planning a few unassigned still life images...

If any of you ever have the time, these 8-week courses in still life and portraiture are fantastic and surprisingly inexpensive. I highly recommend them!

Well, lunch break is over. Must get back to work!




Very nice...love the white on white, you got some great detail in there.

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Thanks! A few strategically placed black and white cards really helped keep some edges and detail. Just for the heck of it, BTS here: Still Life with Toilet Paper | Nicole Fernley

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