In our latest episode of Style Talk, we jump into the imaginative world of still-life photography. We’ll start by discussing the steps to building and capturing a still-life scene, from the gear used to techniques for painting light into your environment. After that, we’ll bring those images into Photo RAW to create a still-life work of art. Learn how to set up a studio scene, paint light, and develop a layered still-life photograph in this all-new Style Talk!
Style Talk2023ON1 Photo RAWIntermediate / AdvancedEditLayersDevelopEffectsLocalDylan Kotecki
33 comments on “Style Talk – Still Life”
On February 3, 2023 at 7:57 pm ERIC TAYLOR wrote:
On February 3, 2023 at 9:02 pm Helena Slade wrote:
Loved the lesson. Didn’t think Still Life Photography was for me but after watching this I’m definitely going to give it a go. On1 has amazing tools, I just need to make the effort to set them free in my processing.
On February 4, 2023 at 3:05 am Guy Schwickerath wrote:
Very nice result!
On February 4, 2023 at 3:20 am thomas von wrote:
great presentation. thanxs a lot.
On February 4, 2023 at 3:21 am Daniel Hagmann wrote:
Great practices you are sharing with us Dylan!
On February 4, 2023 at 8:55 am Carlos Nogueira wrote:
Very nice presentation!
On February 4, 2023 at 11:38 am Allan Timms wrote:
Wonderful video Dylan. I can do all the techical bits but my problem is to know which effects to apply, how much and when to give your desired outcome. I guess that’s just experience. You make it seem so easy. I’ll have to keep watching your tutorials! And I will.
On February 4, 2023 at 3:04 pm Richard Spingarn wrote:
One of your best lessons. I really got a lot out of this one. Thank you, Dylan!
On February 4, 2023 at 10:18 pm David Orlando wrote:
Loved the tip about using the line mask tool to make the sun flare more directional. Will definitely be trying that.
On February 6, 2023 at 10:54 am rex roscoe replied:
I agree – 100%. A great tip!
On February 5, 2023 at 7:28 am Peter Pikulin wrote:
Dylan, wow! that is pretty nice. like you said, put in the work, play with it a bit and the outcome will be worth the work. thanks for the tips, add that steam to the cup was a nice touch!!
thanks for taking the time to share this….
On February 5, 2023 at 7:32 am Cecilia wrote:
Excellent! Very helpful tutorial. Now to find a “studio” space in my home somewhere.
On February 5, 2023 at 7:41 am John Tuttle wrote:
On February 5, 2023 at 8:48 am Pradipta Datta wrote:
Great tutorial Dylan.
I am thinking we can use the same concepts for photo stacking.
On February 5, 2023 at 9:48 am carol elliott wrote:
where do I get the steam effect
On February 5, 2023 at 11:25 am Teresa Choma replied:
Wondering the same thing!
On February 5, 2023 at 10:03 am Owen Dell wrote:
This was truly inspiring. One of your best lessons yet. I can’t wait to put these techniques into action! Thanks.
On February 5, 2023 at 12:34 pm Rashmideva Veldhuizen wrote:
Een leerzame video, en praktisch goed uitgelegd.
Dankjewel Dylan !
On February 5, 2023 at 1:53 pm Cynthia Clark wrote:
Where is the steam layer?
On February 5, 2023 at 2:32 pm Elizabeth Girardeau wrote:
I loved this and love still lives, too. But I never found the steam in the download files for the apples still life. Did I miss something?
On February 5, 2023 at 2:34 pm William Blaesing wrote:
Excellent and very helpful. The small studio lighting solution is what I need for my home studio setup. The multiple shots with different lighting conditions along with the blending of the photos is a very useful technique. Thanks
On February 5, 2023 at 3:43 pm Paul Horton wrote:
Great lesson Dylan. I’m not really into still life but, this is a great tute on using the tools! Best from down under in OZ!
On February 5, 2023 at 5:34 pm Paul Meachen wrote:
The steam image doesn’t appear to be included in the downloads.
On February 5, 2023 at 8:11 pm Michael Schmauch wrote:
Learned a lot. You made me think I can do it too.
On February 6, 2023 at 9:44 am Dylan Kotecki wrote:
Thank you everyone for watching! I’m so glad you enjoyed it – I had a blast making it and I was able to snack the whole time 😉
Also, the steam layer is in the downloads now! Download again to get that steam overlay
See you in the next lesson!
On February 6, 2023 at 10:39 am Dennis Gilbert wrote:
Flash power full, 1/2 ? and was power choice changed for the fill and the side light?
On February 21, 2023 at 8:37 am Dylan Kotecki replied:
I had the flash at full power the whole time when I was photographing. It will probably vary depending on how close your ceiling is or the light bounces are – play around with it! Thanks for watching 🙂
On February 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm Bronnie Thompson wrote:
In terms of workflow, once you’ve imported your photographs into On1, would you firstly check for exposure/dust/weird reflections? Then would you align the images before blending – and if so, does On1 do this automatically, or does it need to be done manually?
I loved the tutorial, really helpful as I’ve just completed another tutorial on small object still life (jewellery) that used Lightroom but I prefer working wholly in On1. The other tutorial used natural lighting, so this with the off camera flash was great.
On February 21, 2023 at 8:43 am Dylan Kotecki replied:
Thanks for watching Bronnie! I’m glad you enjoyed it. When I was browsing through the images to find which ones I wanted to stack together I was mainly looking for exposures that illuminated specific areas of the scene. So I found the top lighting, the left bounce light, the backlighting, etc. and I renamed them and brought the photos into Edit as separate layers. It may take a minute to find the exposures especially if you’re photographing the same lighting scenario twice or multiple times to fine-tune and have multiple exposures with similar lighting. I didn’t use any alignment of any kind, just made sure the tripod was super steady!
On February 7, 2023 at 12:40 pm Sylvia Groenheide wrote:
This is a great lesson! I have learned a lot, thanks!
On February 9, 2023 at 12:06 pm Paul Horgan wrote:
Great presentation! I learned a lot.
On February 9, 2023 at 9:15 pm Dennis Erdelac wrote:
Awesome as always, great tutorial. I worked in an ad studio for a bit as an apprentice, we had all the lights you could imagine 8′ tall v flats, full kitchen. Looks like compositing works better, Sun flare worked amazingly well. Thanks.
On February 20, 2023 at 11:55 pm tonydev007 wrote:
Great tutorial, Dylan. I was really hoping that you were going to adjust the warmth/colour of the steam layer (a bit purple for me at the end, but neither here nor there).
I did notice, however, that there does not seem to be a default switching of Paint Out, on the brush, to Paint In after one inverts the mask. This would seem to me to be an easy change to make, and always required by users. My 2c!
Regardless, thanks for a great video!