Do Over

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One of the great things about still life photography is the ability to take a Mulligan. In golf, a Mulligan means you can redo a shot and not take the penalty stroke for having done so. Not only can you redo a still life photograph at a later time, but you can also leave a photograph (or an element of a photograph) set up for days as you think about or work on it. I have even bought a 2-buck plastic drop cloth at a Home Depot and covered a set with it to eliminate dust contamination so I could have the time to think about my composition and what I was going to do next!

Lastly, because it’s a creative endeavor, a still life photograph often can’t be accomplished when you are forced to create it within the 8 to 10-hour confines of a tutorial video. That’s exactly what happened with a photograph I showed you in a previous tutorial called “Splash” and for this tutorial I have decided to go back, take a “Mulligan”, and do it over. But, that’s just one of the beauties of working on a still life photograph!

Tutorial Supplies Checklist

  • Manfrotto Super Clamp

    A Clamps
    Classic metal "A" clamps with orange grips.

    Black/White Showcards
    These Black/White showcards are 30"x40" and are perfect for masks, gobos or reflectors. They also make good backgrounds and cue cards.

    Gaffer's Tape
    White Gaffer's / Camera Tape - Small 1" x 50 yd. All of our professional gaffer's tape comes from Shuretape, formerly known as Permacel.

    Set Shop Tough Lux
    Tough Lux has been the industry standard for years. It is a neutral, heat stable diffusion material. It offers the perfect level of diffusion for most applications.

    Manfrotto Grip Stand/Mini-Kit/p>

Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4,000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and shot over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed thousands of executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography.

As a columnist and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and he has authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in the breezy, knowledgeable, and accessible style his writing is known for. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to lecture on professional photography, create and produce tutorial videos, conduct workshops on wedding, portrait, and still life photography, while still finding time to work on his model railroad.

His newest book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, was released in January 2013.