36 Outstanding Examples of Still Life Photography

The beauty of still life photography, from the photographer’s point of view, is that usually it is not an opportunistic shot, therefore, the photographer has plenty of time to get the best possible capture.

The creativity that makes a still life photograph outstanding is firstly the subject. Once the subject is decided upon, the photographer has to consider the composition and any other objects that may be required in the photograph. Last, but by no means least, the photographer then has to work on probably the most crucial part of the shot – the lighting.

Still life photography often centers on food and drink, but can actually be of just about any inanimate object or objects. To get all the factors absolutely correct for the perfect photograph takes a lot of skill, creativity and practice. Here we are showcasing 36 outstanding examples of creative and skillful still life photography.

Still Life Photography

Outstanding Examples of Still Life Photography

Melodies on White Keys
Melodies on White Keys

A Heart for Rain
A Heart for Rain

The Beautiful Escape
The Beautiful Escape

Day 3
Day 3

Still Life with Apple
Still Life with Apple

Cradle
Cradle

Still Life
Still Life

Strawberry
Strawberry

Tiny Foot
Tiny Foot

Still Life - Stone Eggs and Daisies
Still Life - Stone Eggs and Daisies

Waiting for Charles Dickens
Waiting for Charles Dickens

Waiting
Waiting

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life Series
Still Life Series

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life
Still Life

Food Still Life
Food Still Life

Kitchen Still Life
Kitchen Still Life

Western Still Life
Western Still Life

Rock Pile at Hin Ngam
Rock Pile at Hin Ngam

I have you with me
I have you with me

Place Mairie 18e Paris
Place Mairie 18e Paris

Autumn Still Life
Autumn Still Life

Untitled
Untitled

Play Misty For Me
Play Misty For Me

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life
Still Life

Still Life
Still Life

For the day after
For the day after

Still Life
Still Life

Wrench and Steps
Wrench and Steps

Chiaroscuro
Chiaroscuro

Cherries
Cherries

Conclusion

For me, the best still life photographs are the scenes where you can imagine something either has happened or is about to happen – a child’s toy pictured just as the child left it after playing with it, for instance.

What is your favorite aspect of still life photography? Have we missed any stunning examples that you have come across?

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