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!