Still life noun: a painting, drawing, photography etc.,
Of a carefully arranged group of objects (such as flowers and fruit); also: the art or activity of making still lifes
1: A picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects (a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.)
2: The category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter (the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.)

Still Life Photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscapeor portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition.Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographers are expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makespictures rather than takesthem. Knowing where to look for propping and surfaces also is a required skill.

Still Life images can be just about anything that doesn’t move. The definition of a still life subject is an inanimate object but other subjects are loosely termed as still life as well. These include flowers, food, etc. They are life forms but they don’t move.Because the subjects are smaller, lighting coverage is less and alternatively less power is needed. Rather than the need of a massive amount of studio equipment, still life setups can be lit with just daylight from a large window and/or the use of one or two flash guns with the aid of a few large white cards to utilizeas reflectors.

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