Autumn is that time of year when I begin to prefer to stay inside. I’ll potter around the house more than usual: cooking, reading, crafting. A little table beside the window is exactly what I need; A place to sit and drink coffee, to look out the window at the leaves blowing in the wind, or to get on with some writing and crafting.
Creative Tabletop Photography
Tabletop photography is taking photos of products, crafts, and food. As the term implies, it is usually the kind of photography that is taken on a raised surface or table. Tabletop photography (particularly product photography) is often done in a studio, using an elaborate artificial lighting set up. If you have crafts or products that you’d like to photograph yourself, perhaps you own an etsy store or would just like to document the things you have made, you don’t necessarily require artificial lighting. If you have a window with good light, light modifiers and a reflector of some kind at your disposal you can take some great creative tabletop photography.
Below is my setup for the photos above, I have soft light coming in from a North facing window, a reflector which can be moved around as needed to add a little extra light, and a step stool to help me get a better angle. If your windows have harsh light, you can use thin white fabric or a curtain to soften the light.
Make the best use of lighting to highlight the product/subject. As with portraits, a soft even light is much more effective and flattering.
Use props to set the mood
You should make use of different objects around your house to aid in your composition. The use of props can set the mood; different textures and colours can add interest to a photograph.
In the photographs below, of some earrings that my mum made me for my birthday (Her Etsy Store is Here) I’m using the grey fabric as a background for the earrings, the texture highlights the much sharper lines of the earrings and the colour helps them stand out. The earth tones in the other props around the fabric compliment the warm colour of the earrings and makes the whole shot feel very autumnal. In the pullback you can see that the set up itself is very simple.
In tabletop photography you aren’t capturing life as it happens, you are instead responsible for every last detail in the final photograph. When staging your photo pay attention to colour, composition, any possible distractions. Attention to detail is very important. When choosing props, consider how you will arrange them to best accentuate the object you are photographing.
- I prefer a closer focusing lens to take photographs of smaller objects, for these photos I used my macro lens and 50mm.
- A reflector is useful, if you don’t own a photography reflector then in a pinch you can make one from a white poster board or some kitchen foil.
- A tripod may be needed to help you get sharper photos when taking photographs indoors, particularly if your room does not have great light.
- A step stool or chair to help you get a better angle.
I’m teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud to bring you the autumn edition of the Nurture Photography Challenge. Join our burgeoning community of photographers each Friday and share your favorite images inspired by our weekly prompts. We’ll have freebies, photography tips and tutorials, and personal feedback to encourage you along the way. Stop by the Autumn Photo Challenge Page for complete details, including weekly prompts.
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Next week’s prompt: Finale/Favourite Fall Photos