Best camera settings for still life photography.

Learn how to capture aesthetically pleasing still life photos by balancing your camera’s ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

Much like still life painting, still life photography draws the viewer’s attention to common everyday objects. Because you are in total creative control of every element from lighting to positioning, this field of photography is great for beginners and experts alike. Let’s explore some helpful camera settings for making the most of your still life photos.

Camera setup for still life photos.

As with any photography, the correct lighting is key to beautiful still life images. That means paying close attention to the exposure triangle and adjusting as needed until you get the desired effect. When readying your camera, consider these tips as starting points:

Once you feel comfortable with your camera settings, the sky's the limit when it comes to your creativity. Take your still life photography to the next level by adding more objects and textures, experimenting with new techniques, or even incorporating visual storytelling elements.

Explore what more you can do with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom as you dive into the creative ins and outs of still life photography.