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Table-Top Still Life Workshop

The theme for January is "Still Life - Traditional and Untraditional."  From WIKI: A traditional still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).

It's usually cold in January, so we think it will be fun, instructive -- and warm!! -- for everyone to bring some of their favorite objects and backgrounds for a still life photo session.  Together, we will set up several tables with lights, backgrounds and objects for still life images, and take turns photographing them.   This is an opportunity to explore lighting ratios, white balance, proper exposure, depth of field and other technical factors.  The end goal is for everyone to create appealing still life images.

We will provide some of the basic lighting equipment.  However, it will help greatly if you will bring any light stands, lights, diffusers, white or black foam boards, and other light modifiers that you have.   Lights can include desktop lamps, LED flashlights, utility clamp lights, etc.  Look around your house, get creative, and let your imagination loose!   Please comment below about what you plan to bring.  We will also have one or more tables near a window wall for natural light.  

Also, bring your tripod, if you have one, and one or more lenses that cover from slightly wide angle to short telephoto.  Most standard (kit) zooms are fine for this.  A remote release will help get sharp images.  If you don't have one, please learn how to activate your shutter with a self-timer before coming to the workshop.

We will be in a group situation, so please do not bring any sharp objects which might cause injury, or any objects that would upset you if accidently broken.

This should be a fun and social gathering that gives everyone a chance to create their own interpretation of a still life photograph. 

Oh, and if you want, bring some food for everyone to munch on!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone for being so friendly and helpful. I had a wonderful time and a great learning experience.

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great job Host's! I would have enjoyed attending.
    Keep the pictures coming they are great

    January 26, 2014

  • Howard D.

    Sorry Guys. I have a work conflict. I will not be able to attend.

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Shelly E N.

      I think I was able to go because your spot opened. at the last hour.. but I jumped to the occasion and I have a great time. thanks

      January 26, 2014

  • Sarah

    Too bad I had to leave early. Thanks to Karen, Ken and all!

    January 25, 2014

  • Jeanne Ritchey T.

    Thanks to Karen and Ken. There was enough.venues that it wasn't overly crowded and plenty of stuff to photograph. What fun .

    2 · January 25, 2014

  • Jan S.

    Thanks to all who put this workshop together. I learned a lot and enjoyed the day!

    January 25, 2014

  • Ronald R.

    A top notch exercise in table top still life photography. Lots of interaction among the members. A lot was learned.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Marcia B.

    Great idea, Ken. Got me thinking about working more on that kind of subject matter.

    January 25, 2014

  • Laurel

    I left my tripod at the church can you let me know you have it and I will get it next Sat.at the mentee/mentor program.
    LAurel

    January 25, 2014

    • Ronald R.

      Laurel, it will be in my car. Don't forget to ask me for it in case I forget to bring it in.

      January 25, 2014

  • Laurel

    This is the first meet up I have attended and I want to say I met some of the nicest helpful people. I look forward to more meetups. This one was great.
    I left my tripod, if someone took it, for safe keeping, please let me know.
    Thanks,Laurel

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Laurel

      Your Instruction was most helpful, thank you !

      January 25, 2014

  • Karen M.

    My first time as well. Had a great time!

    January 25, 2014

  • Shelly E N.

    Was great.

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I saw a session on CreativeLIVE last week about table top photography. This is sure to be a great MeetUp session; can not see everyone's images since I can not be there.

    January 25, 2014

  • Shelly E N.

    I have some black jewelry displays for necklaces ...I will bring some jewelry pieces that I think would be nice to photograph..whenever else I see would be beneficial I will bring.

    January 24, 2014

  • Shelly E N.

    I'm am happy I got an open spot for this meet up.

    January 24, 2014

  • Marcia B.

    Am bringing old keys and locks, watch parts, 2 old cameras, a couple of antique books, necklaces, glass bottles, a beer stein, a large shell, a piece of raw copper and amethyst plus whatever else I can think of. Oh, and some wooden fruit in a bowl.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Crista

    I'm going to collect a few things from my yard to photograph

    January 24, 2014

  • Karen M.

    I am bringing a rock collection some arrow heads and shells.

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have two utility clamp lights that I will bring.

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Ronald, I hope those who are waiting are able to attend. Sounds like fun and a good learning experience.

    January 22, 2014

    • Shelly E N.

      I hope so too

      January 22, 2014

    • Ronald R.

      I wish we could accommodate them, too. Normally when we have more than 1 or 2 waiting, we are not able to do that. So Sorry

      January 23, 2014

  • Marcia B.

    I'm bringing a light box, but I won't be there until about 9:30.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • L M.

    I have some C-clamps that might be useful. For things to photograph, how about some small stuffed animals, interesting pottery, necklaces, neckties, a pair of pretty shoes, fake jewelry...... I'll just bring a box full of assorted objects in different sizes and shapes along with a black backdrop.

    January 12, 2014

    • Karen S.

      Sounds great. Those will make interest subjects to photograph.

      January 12, 2014

  • Linda H.

    I will bring desk lamp, Large candle, utility clamp light and LED flashlight, along with extension cords. Looking forward to the workshop.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have light stands, a portable Photogenic Porta Master flash unit with variable light controls and two light heads and umbrella's, one off camera flash unit with light bender attachment, remote triggers, several different size tripods, several different color form boards, extension cords and other items if needed. A lot of these items have not been used in awhile, so I will have to check them out. I am just laying these out there if you need any.

    December 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will put some various items in my car and we can decide what would and would not be useful. Looking forward to the meet.

      December 22, 2013

  • Marcia B.

    I've got a homemade light box I can bring.

    December 21, 2013

  • Karen S.

    I'll bring some cut flowers and vases and some fabric for backdrops.

    December 21, 2013

  • L M.

    I guess I need to learn how to activate my shutter with a self timer before doing this.
    Can bring a black velvet drop cloth. One is velvet the other isn't.

    December 20, 2013

  • Marcia B.

    I have a studio light I can bring, but it's not a strobe.

    December 19, 2013

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