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Prop Hunting in Your Home

Since we're all staying home much more than normal and the shops we'd normally look to for props aren't even open these days, I thought I'd help you think through some prop possibilities for your still life work. And in addition to that, challenge to take a bit of time and search for something out of the box for you.

So, take a few minutes and read this post and then I hope to see you over on Instagram with your findings. πŸ™‚

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How many images have you created with the same props? Using a common theme or particular type of item? I know that I've fallen into this pattern and done so many with my familiar and loved items. I'd love to see you change things up a bit and I'm going to as well.

So as you begin to step out of that box, here are a few thoughts to get your creativity going ...

  • Plan a color scheme and look for items in your home in a particular color
  • Find neutrals and coordinate them for a timeless look
  • Look for certain shapes and put together a collection
  • Check outside, in your garage or shed for something unique
  • Maybe there's something on your back porch that you just haven't noticed yet
  • Look for pieces of fabric, maybe in your fabric stash or maybe it's an old dress or hand towel
  • Or how about your kitchen ... an old muffin tin or pie plate.
  • Maybe you have an individual plate that you could coordinate with some pretty flowers
  • Your jewelry box could hold some incredible props
  • How about a piece of wood waiting to go into the woodstove
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I have to say that I inspired myself ... πŸ™‚ After I wrote out this list I went over to add to the woodstove fire, grabbed this piece of wood and headed back to my studio. πŸ™‚

And I hope you're inspired as well ... I have many more images I think I'll take over the next few days. If this list does inspire you, I'd love it if you tagged me in your images over on Instagram @sixteenmilesout.

Thanks for reading!

Always Carolyn

p.s. There's a good article about prop hunting for all types of photography over on Pixpa. You might want to check it out.

Comments

    • Thank you Debra! I’m always happy if I’ve brought some inspiration to someone. πŸ™‚

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