Last Updated on 02/23/2018 by Mark Beckenbach
If you plan to shoot portraits with props, you might get some ideas from this video.
Stuck in a rut with your portrait photography? Sometimes, all you need to get unstuck is doing something out of the ordinary. You can do this with some fun (or weird) props or even by trying out a different medium. If this is something that sparks your interest, this video from Weekly Imogen might give you ideas to play around and experiment with.
Before anything else, keep in mind that trying something out of the ordinary doesn’t always mean or involve profound concepts or mind-blowing executions. The video below is just about having fun, letting your ideas flow, and taking on the challenge of making the most out of stuff that you probably haven’t even thought about using. There’s certainly a lot of that in the video below, so we’ll let you watch to help you get some ideas:
The idea behind the video was most likely about comparing which medium is better for this kind of shoot. But, as some viewers have noted, it’s not exactly an accurate tutorial or comparison given that they used cameras of completely different features and capabilities. Of course, a DSLR would have a big advantage over a film point and shoot camera and yield results with better image quality. Then, there’s also the issue of using flash with the film cameras but not the DSLR. It could be that they were trying to bring out the best results of the film cameras, given the lighting conditions and the better capabilities of the DSLR. But yeah, they could have at least shot with a film SLR camera and some emulsions that are best for portraits to level the playing field a bit.
Anyway, I say, why not try it with both film and digital? Some of the props sure do look good in film, so maybe run a whole roll with those props, then shoot digital with the rest. Admittedly, some of the props aren’t exactly nice for shooting, so you might want to be a little picky if you’re going to scour your home or thrift shops for stuff to use. Also, you might want to pick outfits that will go nicely with your props, like the vintage-y dress Emma wore for the retro telephone shots.
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Screenshot taken from the video.