Question : “With several points the relationships are not so predictable. A group of objects implies a network of lines and can also create a shape – again by implication. In still life photography one of the basic skills is to be able to group objects together in such a way that they are linked attractively, in a relationship that is active rather than obvious and static. This is essentially a problem of placing several points. Set up your own still life with a background that is unfussy but not entirely plain use between six to ten similar sized objects each compact in shape. You should fix the camera firmly in one position, aimed down at the background ideally use a tripod. The idea is to control the composition by rearrangement, not by changing the framing with the camera.
Begin by placing one object; make a record of this by taking a photograph. Then add the second then the third and so on; each time take one photograph. The aim is to produce a final grouping, which is not so obvious as to be boring (avoid regular shapes) but which hangs together visually. The process will take some time, if you give it proper thought. Consider each move and the effect that each new addition has on the overall grouping. You will almost certainly have to readjust objects that you have already placed an may change your mind several times. This is perfectly normal in still life photography. When you have finished you will have a blow by blow sequence of photographs that records your decisions. For the final photograph draw a sketch, indicating the lines that relate the objects, and any basic shape or shapes that they form.”
What I have learned from this image is that it can be very difficult to place points in still life without the image being boring or appearing contrived. I have tried while preparing this still life of points using small nuts to initially have a slightly off centre point which I know will attract the eye and then to build on in Lines and Shapes such as triangles or circles.
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