I have a small home and way too many hobbies, so rooms have to be multi-purpose...this is set up in the master bedroom.
Again, it's just a cardboard box painted black with craft paint. The purple fabric is a piece of cotton broadcloth that is from my quilting stash (wrinkled I might add, but sometimes that makes for nice shapes in a painting).
The pears are from the grocery store, and the dish is from the local Goodwill. You can find some great pieces at thrift shops. When I am actually making money being an artist, maybe I can afford to NOT shop for still life set-ups at the thrift stores.
The lighting is a 40w bulb from ACE hardware as is the metal spot lamp. It's like do-it-yourselfers might use in their woodworking shop.
Here is the setup with the lamp off so you can see the spot lamp better and you can also see what the lighting above adds to the set-up. It gives you nice shadow shapes and lovely midtones and highlights.
The above picture is right out of the camera (a little Kodak that's about 5 or 6 years old). I use the close up setting...the symbol on my camera is a little tulip.
Once I have the photo right out of the camera, I can then manipulate it by cropping (this is cropped using Photoshop Elements II), changing the colors, etc. I am not a PS II expert so these are just basics that I am using to create my photo to work from.
You still have to keep in mind all those principles of composition and design. You might visit Katherine Tyrell's, Making a Mark....see my sidebar link. As I recall she had some nice resources for comp and design.
If anyone has any tips they would like to share about how they photograph their still life set-ups, I would love to hear your comments.
I am actually painting from real life today using these lovely little pears, my black box, and my pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord.....Cheers!