I'm taking the Frugal Still Life Photography class with Cheryl McCain. The first lesson inspired me to shoot a still life with everything in focus, some amount of shadow and to dig out the soft light box which I bought several years ago and never play with! I'm very happy with how this photograph came out. Here's the pull-back shot:
I bought this light box set up many years ago from a blog friend who offered it in a post for a very discounted rate. I've only used it once before, but I'm looking forward to experimenting with it a lot during this class.
The kit includes a box with three white diaphanous sides, one black side and a soft fabric insert which is blue on one side and grey on the other. It also has a camera stand (basically an adjustable tripod) and two external lights. It all folds up and stores in a flat package about the size of a pizza box. There's a version of it for sale at Amazon for $75 (click here). It seems to have gotten mixed reviews - I agree that the lights in my version are WAY TOO HOT (this may have been fixed in the newer version), but, contrary to other reviewers, I found the camera stand very sturdy (if a bit persnickety to get it set just right). I don't have a tripod (I bought a monopod for shooting sports video instead), so I was glad to find this in the kit. I remember seeing some DIY light box projects back when I was looking into purchasing one. I didn't have a lot of time yesterday to play with it, but I found it worked pretty well. I'd be interested to hear about other's experiences with light boxes.
The pair makes a perfect zoom < zoom out combination for the weekly photo meme sponsored by Helena, don't you think?
Cheryl's lesson also discussed photographing glass objects and featured things spilling out of glass. This inspired these three additional still life shots.
Do you have a favorite in today's post? (Hint: it's best to click on these photographs to see them a bit bigger and much more clearly). If you're taking the Frugal Still Life Photography class, how did your first photo shoot go?