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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.

Photo by 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.

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

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

Photo by lawypop

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

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

Photo by 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!

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

Photo by lawypop

written by lawypop

13 comments

  1. lomonesia

    lomonesia

    Nice article!

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  2. pearlsphere-kameraliebe

    pearlsphere-kameraliebe

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

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  3. zekalinova

    zekalinova

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

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  4. lawypop

    lawypop

    Really appreciate all the likes for this simple tipster :P
    @pearlsphere-kameraliebe : yay! :DD
    @lomonesia : thanksyou
    @zekalinova : check this out :) http://www.lomograph(…)/29/mask-it

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  5. lawypop

    lawypop

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

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  6. lawypop

    lawypop

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

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  7. panjihardjakaprabon

    panjihardjakaprabon

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

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  8. lawypop

    lawypop

    @panjihardjakaprabon : thanks :P

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  9. saysaysay

    saysaysay

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

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  10. zekalinova

    zekalinova

    @lawypop thanks :))

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  11. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    Lawypop the Creative Monster! :D

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  12. exquisitenat

    exquisitenat

    i really like your ideas for your photos :)

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  13. giannutrio

    giannutrio

    goooooooood tip :)
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