Still Life Photography with Polina Plotnikova
Still Life Photography is great for a perfectionist – no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot.
But, by the same token, you cannot count on something interesting that just happens all of a sudden – it is all up to you; the choices are infinite, and the final result is entirely in your own hands.
Modern technology equips you with some amazing tools that the artists of the past could not even dream of – but the main task is essentially the same: to draw the viewer in, so that they can share your vision and tune into the emotions that you are trying to convey.
Still Life Photography is a very special workshop for those who love fine art photography. It is a rare opportunity to learn from a true master of flower photography Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP.
Polina has won numerous national and international awards for her photographs, and during the workshop she will showcase her impressive still life images and share the methods she uses to obtain them.
All pictures © www.polinaplotnikova.com
It is hard to find specialist still life workshop and this is just what I was looking for.
I learnt so many useful approaches, focus stacking, tried some Lensbaby lenses, etc…
I enjoyed the day very much and would highly recommend it.
Dawn Langley, Nikon D850
I wanted to learn how to use my camera better as well as lighting and composition techniques.
I enjoyed the day very much. Polina was very informative and it was great to benefit from her knowledge and tips.
Nancy Chapman, Pentax K-50
Great Photography Experience!
This one day highly practical workshop takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, in South-West London.
Please note places are limited to 6 attendees only.
What to expect on the day?
The course is a stimulating combination of presentations, practice and discussions.
During the first part of the course, Polina will showcase her portfolio and cover the technical aspects of studio stil life photography. Next will be a guided practice, image revision and individual feedback.
Course outline in more detail:
- Introduction to studio lighting and to various technical aspects of the Fine Art Studio Photography.
- Setting up professional flash lighting system and attachments.
- Using light controllers, softboxes, reflectors, and other studio equipment.
- Tips on choosing your props for still life set up.
- Pre-visualising your still life image and working towards creating it.
- The art of composition for fine art still life photography.
- Camera settings for various styles of shooting in a studio environment.
- Advice on setting up a home studio.
- Practical guide to lenses, and how to achieve a desired creative effect using a particular type of lens.
- Introduction to Lensbaby lenses for still life and flowers
- The focus stacking technique and Helicon Focus software
- Tips on post-processing images in Adobe Photoshop.
At the end of the day not only you will gain confidence for shooting in a studio environment, but you will also walk away with some great images for your portfolio.
It is assumed that those attending will have a basic knowledge of photography and have an understanding of aperture, shutter speeds and exposure, or have already attended our Beginners DSLR or an Intensive DSLR courses.
Any camera that allows full manual control (M on program dial). A DSLR is recommended, however, most of the mirrorless compact systems / micro-four-thirds and bridge cameras should also be suitable.
If in doubt, please email us with your camera make and model and we will double check its suitability. Please follow this link to the contact form.
|Course key facts|
|Still life photography|
all levels of skill and experience
optimal tutor attention
10:00am – 4:00pm
Wimbledon Art Studios10 Riverside Yard
London SW17 0BB
Polina is a Russian-born UK-based photographer, whose distinctive and much-admired photographic style developed through her love and knowledge of art.
Her view is that modern technology equips you with some amazing tools that the artists of the past could never have dreamed of.
Polina worked in Image Libraries for over 10 years, dealing with images produced by the most successful commercial and fine art photographers.
One of her favourite subjects is flower photography.