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The home studio: Inspirational objects in your own home

Jan Stimel (photocyan)

Keywords: guides, tips_and_tricks, close_up, still_life, studio, inspiration

There are some things in our world, unseen, small, unnoticed and unique, all waiting to be explored, captured and shared. I would like to invite you to a journey to discover such things, surprisingly - in your own home.

If you think about it, most of your everyday household objects were bought because you or someone else liked them and found them appealing, you may have also received them on a festive occasion as a gift from friends or family. So in general there is a substantial possibility you will find plenty of common items in your kitchen or some personal objects in your living room that may be seen remarkable and therefore worthy of exploration with your camera. As an example, let us explore the hidden treasures of an ordinary looking one-room flat in the heart of Eastern Europe. Welcome to my home, you don't have to take your shoes off.  :)



As you may have noticed on the avocados texture, I used reflected flash light from the ceiling and diffused window light from the left
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Jan Stimel (photocyan) on February 2, 2014

Hello Frederic, thank you very much for your commentary and for the tips! :)

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on February 2, 2014

Thank You, John. Yes, it's always astonishing to capture something usual in an unexpected way.

Frederic Hore (voyageurfred) on January 31, 2014

Nicely done Jan! I teach Still Photography as part of my photo workshops here in Montreal, and people love these kind of assignments! Maybe to keep your wife happy, you can photographer her jewelry and wedding ring. If she likes doing crafts, floral arrangements, has yarns of wool and knitting needles, etc, you can tackle these subjects too! Keep playing! Cheers, Frederic in Montreal

John Sands (JBS101) on January 30, 2014

Jan, Thanks for taking the time to prepare this. You are quite right that the mundane can be interesting when it is treated imaginatively.

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on January 29, 2014

Hi Doug, thank you, you are right, the world is full of fascinating things.

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on January 29, 2014

Zita, thank You very much :)

Doug Nickle (fivesense) on January 29, 2014

Thank you for the article- there is always something in our midst that can inspire our photographic growth and creativity.

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on January 29, 2014

Again a good article. Jan, I like the way you write the articles. It makes more easier to follow the technical details. Thanks.