Try this fun afternoon project — you just need a sheet of white acrylic (mine is 900mm x 600mm) — but it does not need to be that big. In
Julie Powell is a passionate photographer and educator, running online classes and workshops for still life, macro and food photography, based in Melbourne, Australia. Julie is also an award-winning digital artist and photographer who has a deep passion for fine art and conceptual photography, having exhibited in galleries in Europe, USA and Australia. See more of her work on her Website Juliepowellphotography.com or on social media.
On a recent outing, I spotted a friend placing these strange bits of glass in front of his camera while photographing butterflies. Ever curious I asked him what they were,
Working with white on white, on white … This week we are going to look at shooting with minimal color palettes and finding one beautiful ‘white’ (or neutral) thing. Then
In colors … In my part of the world (Australia) everywhere I go in stores, online, in magazines, etc., the IN color for home decorating is blue and cream (or
Dealing with complex still life scenes and compositions can be daunting, but it does not need to be impossible. Glass can be difficult to work with due to reflections and
Nothing quite makes a dessert like chocolate. But when it comes to food photography, that one substance can be tricky to work with. Here are a few tips that might
I am a big fan of using presets in Lightroom Classic to speed up your workflow. I find that you can create a certain look for a series and keep
I recently did a photoshoot with some reptiles and small critters. All were Australian animals, but I am pretty sure most reptiles are similar around the world. I have done
Some of you may be familiar with using a circular polarizer (also known as CPL) when it comes to landscape photos. They’re great for shooting through water or glass without
Let’s go on a treasure hunt Here is a new take on an old theme, a Treasure Hunt. I used to love these as a kid. So did my kids.
Where does blurring the line between straight photography and digital art happen? Is it in the styling, the shoot or the edit? I often teach creative techniques which can lend
Have you ever considered water balloons as a type of child-friendly extreme sport? When you bring some photographic elements into it, it can be. This one is perhaps not for
Here are a few tips for creating better styling for still life and food images. Cutlery Aways have cutlery pointing away from the camera, especially knives. It can be seen
When it comes to flowers what is best to use in still life or macro photography — fresh, dried or artificial? I think there is room for all three, and
Looking for some fun photographic ideas for kids this summer? Try melting some Skittles. This is a little more involved than it looks on the surface, but loads of fun
Something to consider when styling and composing for a still life photoshoot is whether or not to use height — and I am not referring to standing on a ladder.
I love hunting for props and backgrounds to put in my images. Using color in props is my personal favorite, but was also my first big mistake when I was
Looking for some fun photographic ideas for kids this summer? Try melting some different colored icypoles (what we call popsicles in Australia) and capture the fun. I used red, green
This week we are going to explore another of my favorite styles of still life photography, soft and dreamy. I adore using flat light, so soft, so dreamy and ever
This week I am going to explore MY signature style — dark and moody still life photography. It was my first love with still life and to be honest …
(Editor’s note: This guest article is by Julie Powell who lives in Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia. She is an award-winning still life photographer who loves to share her passion for this genre