It’s always challenging for me to find a new way to style my still life photography. Although I have to say that there are a few styles that seem to be my favorites.
- A clean white background
- Flatlay with white
- Flatlay with rustic
Okay, so as I put this little list together I realized I have more favorites than I thought. 🙂 When you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see that most of my photos have either a white background or are backlit with my window light. But I do like to change things up sometimes, so I look for ideas to do that.
Today, I’m sharing an idea that I ran across somewhere … (If I could remember where I’d link back to them.) Just know that it wasn’t my discovery.
A few days ago, I posted this photo on Instagram. What do you think of the bokeh? Can you tell what it is that I used to get that effect?
It’s a crunched up piece of aluminum foil sitting behind my subject by about six inches. With the window light shining in from the right, it creates a very interesting background.
You can get a similar effect with a tree or shrub in your yard using the window as backlight, but using the foil, you can get sidelight, which adds more shadow and interest.
Because I never take just one photo, here are a few others I took in the same session.
I really like the top down angle. I love all of the light and shadow of the blueberries in their little ceramic container. I think the green branches add some contrast in the color scheme.
With this last shot … that I’m sharing here, I have more! … I did more of a traditional angle with a white background.
The editing I did created more of a tan effect on the back and a bit more gray on the front.
Typically I would try to make the whites more white, which is something you can do in either Photoshop or Lightroom, but I kind of wanted different looks.
I wonder which you would prefer?
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Thanks! Hoping to hear what your favorite is … or any other comment. 🙂