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Photo Class

How do you get better at photography?  I'm sure there are lots of ways, but I chose to take a photo class. 
The person teaching the class is Steve Coray.  Here is his web site: Coray Photo

Our first assignment for this week is to do a still life.  I have to admit that I wasn't really sure what a still life was.  Yes, I know that if you take a picture of a bowl of fruit on a table, that is called a still life.  But I'm really not interested in taking pictures of bowls of fruit on tables.  So I asked myself.  What can I do that would be considered a still life, but not be a bowl of fruit. 

Google to the rescue.  The first top was at Wikipedia:  Still Life Photography
I copied a couple of pertinent sentences below. 


Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. 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 makes pictures rather than takes them.


So, I need to be creative and I have never really done much with lighting. This will be a challenge. 

I also found this great web site called betterphoto.com 
Here is a direct link to their still life photo gallery

It seems that a lot of still life photography contains food, cups, glasses, and flowers.  So, my goal is to go take pictures of something that isn't something you eat, isn't something you eat out of, and isn't a flower.

I'll post my "creations" over the next few days. 

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