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!