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.
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!
I even used it as the center of attraction with the Spinner 360!
I made some of my own props with cardboard and stickers.
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.)
So, here you go! With props, the possibilities are endless. Get inspired!
Props and masks! Don’t go home without them!