Anything that you can add to the photo besides the model is considered a prop. The use of photography props will add interest and variety to your photographs. Be careful about overdoing it, however. Overly complex photos filled with props will often distract from the most important visual element, which is the model in the photograph. Select photography props carefully to support your concept and not overwhelm.
The use of just a few props helps to tell the story, while using too many will detract. Remember, making your model look great is your primary purpose in a photograph.
The most basic props include:
• The posing tool, a simple stool of adjustable height
• The three-step poser, a small set of steps that can be used to separate children, pose adults, and generally stack things up in small spaces
• A variety of boxes, strong enough to sit or stand on, in various sizes and colors (to match popular backgrounds)
• A set of old encyclopedias or wood blocks for people to stand on or to boost someone sitting down.
After the basic props are the so-called true props. Many photographers in Leeds that photograph a large number of families usually have some handsome Victorian style chairs to seat people. Some studios have beautiful love seats on which to pose women and brides. A standard for the senior studio is the wicker butterfly chair. Child photographers use baby posers and lots of big pillows to help keep the children in one place. There are also special posing chairs that are designed to help pose large groups.
Keep your photography props to a minimum, especially when first getting started. There is a tendency to find a chair or other prop that you think is great and include it in almost all of your photographs. If your customers don’t think much of the prop, you will lose sales. Select props with some sense of design to aid you in posing people. The photography props themselves should not dominate the photograph. If you’re not careful, you’ll be like the old-fashioned, dress-up studios in the malls, more props than photography. Too many props create a storage problem. Unless you have a huge studio, more than a couple of chairs and set of stools will trip you up and destroy your ability to work easily and quickly in your available space.
Sometimes a few simple items can add a lot of impact to photographs. Hats, sunglasses, and similar items can add pizazz to children’s portraits. Likewise, clothing that encourages role playing – a firefighter’s jacket, a chef’s hat, or any such gear can inspire a great photograph. With babies and toddlers, large props like a bassinet, oversized flowerpot, basket, or birdbath can serve as seating devices and add a lot of dimension to the photograph.
Props aren’t just for kids. They can add a lot of interest to family portraits as well. The well chosen prop can make your photographs unique. For family portraits, potential props can be a picnic basket, a musical instrument, or pets. A photo of a parent and child with a few simple props – like a book and a favorite stuffed animal – can be charming.
Photography props are critical resources in producing excellent Cairns photography – consistently. Study great photography and make notes of the props used. Rarely do the props dominate.