How to take picture of still objects

Taking pictures of objects that does not move can be objects at our home, workspace or study place. It can be objects used the blind like white cane, Braille paper and magnifying tools.

Imagine you are examining a table at home before taking a picture. A few touches reveal that the table is set for four, table is rectangle in shape, and the top is smooth and partly covered by a thin oval tablecloth. On further exploring by touch reveals that the table is neatly arranged with thick round platters between knives and forks, knives are sharp and forks have four tines. Beside each knife is a wineglass, the glasses are full and the surface of the fluid is fuzzy. There are rough rectangular mats with hot covered serving dishes on them.

By position the camera away from the table to show the wholeness from your “memory of touch” your picture will tell the shapes of each object and its likely functions, as a sighted would tell by seeing.

Taking pictures of still object can be very creative, professional photographers may find 100 ways to photographs a single object. One has to really think wild to come out with great idea like Pedro Hidalgo, a Cuban blind photographer uses still objects used in daily life to narrate the story of his life.

Pedro says – “The shoe at the bottom going all the way up to the top of the head with the hat is a representation of my life. I have the self-portrait moving up the stairs, which for me is symbolic of growth. The self-portrait begins at childhood and moving up from the bottom are small baby shoes. This represents my childhood growing up in Cuba as I did. Always had my visual disability from birth, and as you move up the stairs you see all the different objects, the cameras, the glasses, magnifying glass that have been crucial in my life and my growth. Cameras have always been a way for me to see. It has always helped me to view the world and to be able to capture the world so I could see it better. The drum and the music, the cigar-smoking figurine there indicates the culture that I come from, from Cuba. I grew up during the Cuban Revolution and this was a difficult time there. The photograph of the eyeball signifies war, as you see inside there is a soldier, the saint with the rosary beads signifies my background also, but also talks about the meaning of spirituality for me today. It has been an integral part of my growth as a person and as an artist.”

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