Been playing around with tabletop compositions (much warmer inside than out in Wisconsin these days). It’s fun to work on different distances to see what close vs far does for the subject. I wonder if there isn’t a sweet spot for any subject, be it tiny objects, beautiful models or grand landscapes, and one objective for the photographer is to tap into that as part of the creative process.
I guess the distance is a function of the story you want the subject to be telling. Close gives an intimate sense of being a part of the scene, a look into a world that resides right under our noses but is usually passed over in lieu of the more macro world. Backing up some to see that larger scene gives a sense of place, a context for the subject to reside in and on. Pulling back more to see the whole object reveals what it is and some of what its function may be at the time.
Part of this study was to simply use a different background. I usually place objects on a black cloth but have been wanting to work on shadows. Hard to reverse out shadows (wouldn’t that be cool, though; white shadows on a black background) so I got a white cloth instead. Now I can use my light modifiers in a greater way, to control light on the subject and shadow.