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Photo Assignments:
1. Portraits
2. Texture - Lines - Pattern
3. Color - Light
4. Still Life
5. Macro
6. Landscape - Panoramic
7. Clones
8. Photo Essays

Still Life Links:

AGFA - Still Life in a Glass
Mark Meyer Photography
Ebay Photo Tips

GIMP Tips:
Selection Tools - Gimp Selection Tools
There are 6 basic selection tools. Double click on each icon to see tool options.

If you're pasting still life photographs onto new backgrounds you'll want to use the layers tool box.

Still LifePeaches

Pompeii PaintingArtists have been painting scenes of objects for a long time. This painting of  strawberries was discovered in ancient Pompeii. It was covered by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 0079.

Still life paintings use everyday objects positioned in common scenes. They are really a study of light, color and texture.

One of the most famous still life painters was Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. He had the ability to use light and color to create an almost photo-like quality in his work.
Chardin Goblet

If you think these paintings are simplistic you should read about how to setup a still life.  Your still life photographs should use objects you can find all around you in interesting arrangements.

Americal Ball Photo
This photograph of a golf ball is simple but it has lots of texture and the position of the ball draws your eyes into the frame. This image was coverted to gray-scale using the Gimp.

Grapes & WineThese grapes are only part of the photograph. The blue sky and panoramic view add depth to the image. Be sure to click on the image to see the full-size version. The colors and saturation were enhanced in this photograph using the Gimp.

Select and mount 6 of your best still life photographs. Use the links below to give you some ideas for composing your still life photos. You can think small or big. Compose your objects and shoot from different angles and with different light.

tech still image I used a simple background and the blur filter in the GIMP to get the highlight effect seen in this photo.

If you're using a wide angle lens to get the photo try using a slow shutter speed and tripod with a smaller f-stop to increase your depth of field. You might also experiment with using the telephoto and taking the shot from far away for a different look.


You can use selection tools to completely remove the background from your image. This is often desirable for photographs used in catalogs or on ebay. If you want a fun photo assignment, photograph some model cars to create advertising photographs. Experiment with removing the background or pasting in one of your own. You'll use the GIMP selection and layers tools to do this.


Criteria for Success: These photographs should take full advantage of lighting and composition. Experiment with using light to create or manipulate balance in your composition. You should also experiment with texture and line. Use a tripod to eliminate any camera shake and to ensure sharp images.

Evaluation Rubric - Use this tool as a conversation starter for your photos.

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