Music, Nikon D7000, Piano
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Photographing the Mundane

We all love beautiful scenic photos, inspiring sports photography, fashion photos and dramatic news photos but sometimes photographing the ordinary will keep food on the table for a photographer.

Here are three simple photos of piano keys that can be used for a variety of purposes. We have all seen photos like these at music spots. Stock agencies love photos of simple subjects. Note: usually a stock agency will not accept photos that show a brand name.  One would have to Photoshop out the “Boston” logo that is visible in the third photo. You could keep that area blank or come up with your own logo. Creative logos can sometime really give emotion to a photograph.

These photos also can be used in video. They especially look interesting when the video pans the photos. Photos like these are also fantastic for photo collages. The possibilities for such ordinary photographs are endless. And they are so easy to capture.  All three photos were taken with available light and then some simple creative post processing. They were photographed with the Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17 to 55 DX lens. The camera sat on a tripod.  With each angle I shot, I varied the depth of field. They were post processed predominately in Adobe Lightroom.  Then in Photoshop I have been getting rid of the dust on the piano keys. If you look closely at the photos you can see I still have more work to do in that area.

This type of photography is actually fun and can help rejuvenate the photographer’s creative thinking. Also at times they can be financially rewarding. From this photo session I had about thirty keepers and about ten of those photos I sold rights to a couple of stock agencies. Have fun with your photograph. – CLG

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