9 creative photo ideas to try in March

    | Photography Tips | 01/03/2014 00:01am
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    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 02 Shoot portraits with props

    Creative Photo Ideas for March: 02 Shoot portraits with props

    When you find yourself struggling to come up with poses and direct a model in a photo shoot, try introducing a prop.

    Whether it’s a simple accessory like a pair of sunglasses or a chair, or something much more elaborate, a prop can help to break the ice and get ideas flowing.

    “Sometimes I have pictures in mind, but usually I just improvise as I go along,” says portrait specialist Andreas Stridsberg. “You don’t always know what prop will work in advance, and the same goes for poses.

    “I use whatever I can get my hands on – from hats and masks to broken windows. I’m constantly looking for new props.

    “eBay is a great source for shopping for the coolest and strangest items, and often at a great price.”

    Andreas’s pictures show what can be achieved with little or no expenditure as far as props go.

    Build up a collection of items you can draw on, making sure that you’ve got suitable accessories for both sexes, all ages and a range of personality types…

    SEE MORE: Fine art photography – what you need to shoot amazing photo projects at home

    Get started today…
    * Keep your eyes peeled for one-off props at places like antique fairs, car boot sales and reclamation yards.
    * Consider the character of the subject you’re photographing, and try to reflect this in the choice of props.
    * Also consider the environment you’re shooting someone in – it’s easy to inadvertently make a prop the focus of a photo rather than the model if you’ve opted for something that doesn’t seem at home in the scene. That said, contrast can be good…
    * Don’t be afraid to re-use props. You could even make a project out of using one prop across a range of pictures.

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