Styled Stock/Still Life Tutorial
I set up in front of the window in my living room. I usually try to take the photos in the morning around 11 because that seems to have the light I like the best. But I have done it in the afternoon also and it works too. :) I use a tv tray and a plain, white piece of poster board. I usually start right in front of the window and then I start looking at the shadows and brightness. Using the tv tray is nice because it is light and easily can be moved around by the window. And then you just move the tray farther away or closer, changing the angle until you like how the lighting and shadows look.
I use a Sony A7II camera and 28mm lens. I love the wide angle lens and how it works with these photos. I like to set the item I am photographing in one of the corners of the frame somewhat using the rule of thirds. I usually toggle my focus point to the item instead of focus and recompose as I just find my camera focuses better that way for this. I like using wide apertures for this so I am usually around 2.5 or 2.8. I usually use Auto White Balance but sometimes when I can tell its just not working right with the lighting I will switch to Kelvin.
When I am editing these photos I only use Lightroom. First I adjust white balance if need be. Then I check the composition and crop if I feel it would make it a little stronger. Using such a wide angle sometimes I have a little too much space on some edges so I crop them in. I will check the background for any noticeable things that need cleaned up like a crease in the paper. The spot removal tool in Lightroom works well for this usually. Most of the time I use just the Luminous preset from Brit Chandlers The Authentic Set. My favorite presets are Tribe Archipelago and sometimes I like to use them as well with these photos. In this photo using the tiny pinecones that is what I used. In the basic panel in Lightroom I will also adjust the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks until I like how the photo looks.