Bold Still-Life Shots And Unusual Landscapes – Check Out Our Latest Community Update


Photography has the power to lighten up our lives, and what a great thing it is to start our days by seeing some beautiful images in the comfort of our seats!

Here is our weekly wrap-up – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit-chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 625th challenge on Side Lit Still Life Photography! And as you might have guessed by now, some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The WeekJanuary 16th, 2023

still life roses
Copyright – Julie Hewett

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time POTW goes to our new member @juliehe.
Her still-life shot is absolutely gorgeous – the colors, composition, and lighting are all spot on!
Congrats, Julie. We’re looking forward to seeing more of your work.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour coffee or tea and enjoy our favorite Side Lit Still Life shots!

Bold texture enhanced by the strong direct lighting technique!

pine cones
Copyright – Wendy P

Interesting result, and something we all can try in the comfort of our home.

golden still life side lighting
Copyright – David Chesterfield

Even the smallest still-life arrangement becomes alive with the proper lighting technique. You can use a window nearby!

side lighting cross
Copyright – Frogdaily

An excellent result, almost like a painting, as we can see from the softly lit tones!

soft tones still life
Copyright – ElinL

Vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death.

vanitas low light
Copyright – Tersha

Quite a classic composition with strong side lighting.

classic still life with pumpkin
Copyright – Valery

Cool and warm tones make a perfect contrast with color, and the light coming from the side adds an extra layer of visual richness to the composition below.

tomatoes flatlay
Copyright – Rose Marie

Still-life photography doesn't always have to be dark and moody; it can also be bright and harsh!

knife cutting a branch
Copyright – Dave Watkins


feathers in a jar
Copyright – Kristi

What You Shouldn't Be Missing From The Light Stalking Community

Accidentally, Jasenka came across this area in her city and took a fantastic self-portrait filled with lovely colours.

shadow and bicycle landscape
Copyright – Jasenka Grujin

Robert captured a Killdeer standing in the Thermopolis Hot Spring.

hot springs minimal shot
Copyright – Robert Apple

And he also shared this lovely moment where the bond was formed forever.

puppy with cheerful eyes
Copyright – Robert Apple

Philip asked for some help with lighting – perhaps you can give him a hand!

The Mobile Monday Challenge is open for sharing some shots! And if you want to see more shots, take a look at the Members Picks, where our community shares their favorite photographs from our forums weekly.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum got some nice pictures, and it is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all those people that want to grow fast as photographers.

Here, you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have the chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback. Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during the last week:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and discuss, so please read the instructions to get a better critique experience. Share your comments, opinions, and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers.

Also, don't forget to participate in our 626th challenge on Backlit Architectural Photography!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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