Still-life photography is another overarching genre of photography in which inanimate objects are arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner and shot for either personal, editorial, or commercial use. Images usually incorporate some artistry, with the photographer having creative leeway in how to arrange the composition of the shot. Lighting and framing also play an important part in the setup.

Popular still-life subject matter includes food, flowers, and plants, personal desk space or workspaces, household items such as dishes, vases, and plates arranged in creative or artistic ways, and the like.