Use your imagination
You are a photographer right? Then your imagination must be one of your key assets. So don’t just use it with your shots, use it to find simple props too. Think about how you can make your shot better without buying new expensive stuff. Go DIY. Just look around your home for inspiration. Here are some tips to get you started.
Simple Props – just look around you
When we are working on our shots we often think only of the difficult shot, the ‘different’ viewpoint, or the unique perspective. With all aspects of our photography we try to bring something different to the shot. Something to make our viewers think. Something to give them a new insight.
Often ordinary things in our lives inspire a new way of looking at things. In each of our houses are many things we can deploy as simple props in our everyday photography. The video below shows us some of those things and how to shoot with them. But it is not too much of a push for us to look at other household objects as inspiring for our shots. Here is a list of the sorts of things that can help you get started on some new ideas…
- A pile of books
- Kitchen tools
- A candle
- Chess board and pieces (or other game)
- A toy
- Drawing pins (or any stationary)
- Cut glass ornaments
With a little imagination you use simple props to make some extraordinary shots. I am sure you have many such items you can use for your shots.
The key to using simple props…
There is nothing extraordinary about the simple props I have listed. What will make your shots different is how you use these things. You can start very easily. Get some ideas together first as inspiration. Try these links. The phrase in quotes was entered into the search engine:
- “Chess Art Photographs” on Google
- “Books in photographs”
- “Toy photography”
- “Stationary equipment photography”
Personally I find stationary is great for photography. It definitely provides simple props to work with. Here is an example of my own…
Spend a little time playing with the phrase you put into the search engine. You will quickly expand the range of images you get as examples. Draw your ideas from the pictures you see. Then set about working on how you are going to use your simple props as you make your image.
7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects – the video
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“Chess Art Photographs” on Google
“Books in photographs”
“Stationary equipment photography”
365project.org – open social media for photographers
7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects – the video in this page
COOPH – YouTube channel