Photography Style Challenge #5: The Bedroom

1009735_395963500514360_1419761081_nSo I recently joined a photography challenge.  I know that photography was not one of the interests that I mentioned at the start of this blog, but I have always considered myself an artist.  Growing up, any art elective I could register for (from high school through college) was added to my schedule.  I have a particular affinity for photography. 

During high school and college, I took a few photography classes.  I loved the mystery of the dark room, the challenge of developing the picture with the right balance of light and dark, and especially the joy of the final product.  Even though I am immersed in a demanding PhD program which takes up a lot of my time, I think that makes it even more important that I have a creative outlet that goes beyond literature and writing.

This month’s photography challenge was the bedroom.  For me, the challenge lies in the fact that I have a shitty point and shoot digital camera.  So, from the start, I am going to apologize for the quality of some of these photos; however, I had a great time styling them.

ImageThe way I approached this challenge was to focus on the biggest part of the room.  In my case, this is the bed.  In our shot-gun style house, we only have windows on one side.  That, compounded with the fact that almost all of the rooms are covered in dark-wood paneling, to say I was concerned with the amount of light my bedroom gets was an understatment.  So, I decided to take pictures throughout the day to see when the best timing would be.  This led to the following series.

100_1895The first shot I took around 9 am.  I like the textures of the bedding juxtaposed with the softness of the curtains.  The morning light is a little harsh here, but I like the variation of highlights and shadows.

The next few shots were taken a few hours later. Here, I tried to play around with some props.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the styling aspect of this challenge…though having a tripod would make taking some of these pictures a little easier.


100_1952 100_1981This final shot I took around 4 pm.  The softness of the light was perfect.  I actually took a ton of photos during this time, but I think the series benefits from the variety of photos of the same object at different times of the day…even though this time was my favorite.

100_1986Well, those are the images for this month’s photo challenge.  This was so much fun and I am really looking forward to the next one.  If you are interested in joining the challenge, let us know here.  Stay tuned for next month’s concept: Order (Organization).

Be sure to check out the posts from the other participants in the challenge:

Redesigned By M, redlovinpixie, At the corner of Happy and Harried

Inge Kathleen Photography, Pies And Puggles, A Woven Life

City Girl Searching, My Food Tapestry, The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy

I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain


9 thoughts on “Photography Style Challenge #5: The Bedroom

  1. That last photo! It just makes me want to take an afternoon nap without the covers on! That light really makes the bed very inviting and the subtle cast of light on the bed with the book… it looks so romantic! Great job at keeping the styling simple and casual. Can’t wait to see your photos for next month! ~M.

  2. Welcome to the challenge!
    I can see you really thought about this and had fun along the way. Love the first photo with the light and the casual bed linens. I could sleep in all day!
    I was just wondering if some of the other pics turned out a little grainy.
    I am always intimidated by back-lit photos. Kudos to you!
    Hope you come on over and let me know what you think of my attempt.

    • Hello Anjana. Thank you for the feedback, The middle photos are grainy. I think because of the harsh morning light. I decided to use them anyway because I enjoyed the set-up and I thought the pictures all together told a story. I am hoping to get a better camera soon (my husband’s sister has a hand-me-down for me!).

  3. Wow, what an awesome job! Great work with your styling, lighting and shooting. My fav are the 1st, 4th and 5th. A book and a soft toy are two things that I am most comfortable holding – in a bed! 🙂 It so works for me.

    • Thank you, Namrata! I really enjoyed playing around with everything. Honestly, it was really hard to get any good shots just because of the quality of light and the low quality of my camera. I’m glad that some were successful.

  4. Lovely photographs ( I really like your idea of shooting the same scene at different times of the day). And my absolute favourite photograph is of the book (you’ve really captured it beautifully) and it looks like you’re telling a fairytale to someone, who is cuddle up in bed and waiting to go to dreamland.
    Some of the photographs are quite dark, try adjusting your ISO or apperature to capture more light from the scene. Although, that might have been the effect you were going for 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing your submissions for the next theme! x

    • Thank you, Roxy! It was fun styling these shots. I was limited in what I could do in terms of light since my camera only has two options when it comes to ISO: regular or high. I switched it to high, but it still wasn’t enough. I’m hoping to get a camera with manual adjustments soon!

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