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Julie Powell

Finding the right background for your still life
Is there a benefit to using a reflector with still life photography?
Why a great tripod can make a great image, part two
When is a cupcake not a cupcake?
Why a great tripod can make a great image, part one
Why attending a workshop can help get your photographic mojo back
Looking at Wabi-Sabi, the art of perfectly imperfect
Using fractal prisms to create other worldly portraits
My 10 favorite props for vintage still life
Creating condensation on glasses, bottles and cans
Working with fractal prism filters
Photographing neutrals and minimal palettes in still life photography

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When is a cupcake not a cupcake?

When is a cupcake not a cupcake? When it is a gorgeous soap. Yes, a soap! These incredible creations are from Planetyum. They have a huge selection and I ordered three. Why soap? I teach a lot of workshops, and

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Looking at Wabi-Sabi, the art of perfectly imperfect

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that represents the acceptance of transience and imperfect life. Sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” “Wabi” roughly means “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more.

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Working with fractal prism filters

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, what they do and how to use them. I was

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Dealing with complex still life compositions

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 unwanted highlights, and a polarizing filter can be a great

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Working with chocolate

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 just save the day. In general Try not to handle

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Looking at Wabi-Sabi, the art of perfectly imperfect

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that represents the acceptance of transience and imperfect life. Sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” “Wabi” roughly means “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more.

Read More
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Working with fractal prism filters

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, what they do and how to use them. I was

Read More
Julie Powell_Wine & Cheese_header

Dealing with complex still life compositions

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 unwanted highlights, and a polarizing filter can be a great

Read More
Julie Powell_choc header

Working with chocolate

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 just save the day. In general Try not to handle

Read More
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Working with reptiles and small critters

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 this several times and it is always a lot of

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Removing reflections in still life photography

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 the annoying reflections. Well, have you ever thought about reflections

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