How to Shoot Static Objects

When you take a picture of a person they are usually in movement. Unless you are taking a snapshot of Whistler’s mother you will need to keep movement in mind. Of course with static object, that is anything that isn’t in movement, this is something different than inanimate object, you have a lot of control.

One of the main benefits here is that you can make the most out of lighting, pose, and setting.

These are a lot of fun to shoot, and there is a lot of reasons why you will want to get good at learning how to take pictures of them.

One of the things that you will often see this technique used in is with weddings.

A wedding photographer not only has to be a talented portrait and landscape photographer, but they also have to know how to shoot static items to get the most out of them.

Everything in a wedding has a tendency to turn up in a photo at least once. And you can imagine which items are often the most photographed. Wedding rings, bouquets and even shoes tend to get a lot of time in front of the lens. And when you are shooting pictures of things like that you have to know how to get the most out of them.

There are a lot of things need to be taken into account to make this a fun photo that will be a cherished part of the wedding album.

But even if you aren’t asked to take photos at the wedding, no matter where you are there are plenty of things that need to be given your attention.

A flower is the same as a crushed can along the side of the street. It just comes down to your ability to interpret the composition, understand the lighting and use the setting to the best of your ability to get the most out of shot.

Taking photos of static object like invitations, cards, rings, or even shoes is a lot of fun, and it is very forgiving when it comes to getting the most out of the shot. The main reason is because these types of items don’t get impatient. They don’t want to get up and move around. They are happy to sit there and spend all day posing for you. When you finally do get the right shot you will be pleased with the patients that they were willing to give you.

This same patients and opportunity isn’t there when you shot weddings, bridal showers or even most other parties. The world is in flux around you and you as a hobby photographer need to keep that in mind and in your lens. Because the best shots are often the shots that we didn’t see coming.

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