Punch Up Your Photos with Props and Masks!


Getting bored of "don’t think, just shoot" all the time? Here’s something really simple to bring some interesting elements to your pictures! They are called props!

Props and masks can be hand-made or bought from anywhere. They can be use as a decoration to your environment or as an object to dramatize your actions. You can even stage a short play with your props and shoot a short movie with the LomoKino. They are also great icebreakers at Lomography outings!

In my examples here, I often use a mask. These can be animal masks or theatrical ones bought from party shops.

I’m wearing a rabbit mask here and the abandoned sofa was used as a part of the props in my picture.

Credits: lawypop

The pig mask was used so that I can photograph myself as another character. The fun part is that you can wear any mask and pretend to be someone or some quirky character in your picture.

Credits: lawypop

These Willy Wonka-inspired spiral glasses I bought at a thrift store came in handy, to make my pictures fun and wacky!

Credits: lawypop

You can even pass them on to your friends, so that they can also act the part of a Willy Wonka wannabe!

Credits: lawypop

I even used it as the center of attraction with the Spinner 360!

Credits: lawypop

I made some of my own props with cardboard and stickers.

Credits: lawypop

Good places to find props:

  • Party shops
  • Thrift stores like the Salvation Army
  • Closing down sales

Some props I can’t do without:

  • Colorful umbrellas
  • Animal masks
  • Accessories (gloves, wacky glasses, wig, clown’s nose, etc.)
  • Balloons
  • Toys

So, here you go! With props, the possibilities are endless. Get inspired!

Credits: lawypop

Props and masks! Don’t go home without them!

Credits: lawypop

written by lawypop on 2012-05-09 in #gear #tipster #tricks #tips #masks #outings #props #tipster #lawypop #singapore #lomography


  1. lomonesia
    lomonesia ·

    Nice article!

  2. pearlsphere-kameraliebe
    pearlsphere-kameraliebe ·

    Great article, now I have an inspiration for my next analogue project. Thank you for sharing!

  3. zekalinova
    zekalinova ·

    great idea..how did you do to make the masking for the photos? :)

  4. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Really appreciate all the likes for this simple tipster :P
    @pearlsphere-kameraliebe : yay! :DD
    @lomonesia : thanksyou
    @zekalinova : check this out :) www.lomography.com/magazine/tipster/2010/11/29/mask-it

  5. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    @saysaysay: thanks for suggesting to me to write this tipster article :))

  6. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    @saysaysay: thanks for yr suggestion to write this tipster article :))

  7. panjihardjakaprabon
    panjihardjakaprabon ·

    what an inspirational article man! thanks very much.... :D

  8. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    @panjihardjakaprabon : thanks :P

  9. saysaysay
    saysaysay ·

    @lawypop love to say I told you so ;) great article!

  10. zekalinova
    zekalinova ·

    @lawypop thanks :))

  11. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Lawypop the Creative Monster! :D

  12. exquisitenat
    exquisitenat ·

    i really like your ideas for your photos :)

  13. giannutrio
    giannutrio ·

    goooooooood tip :)

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