Propping Up Your Photography
Welcome to another blog, this time around not so much about capturing memories but more a way of helping to create them.
Do you sometimes find yourself out and about and discover that the scenery is not too inspiring? Another possible scenario is that your vista might be stupendous yet lacks points of specific interest (thus leading to a bland capture). The question for you and your camera is to then how to spice things up, and one way to that end is to have a prop on hand.
I gained the idea (along with so many others) from photographs posted on Instagram and have since added several such items to my collection. If little else it can raise an eyebrow or two when you produce said prop (stuffed animal, kid’s toy, household decoration, etc.), and well worth the result when your onlookers suddenly twig what you are attempting to do. As in the case of one friend, he soon became most eager to help, and then full of ideas on where to position my prop for the upcoming shoot.
So, here we go with a few examples. Let’s take my Mini (obtained from a British Heart Foundation charity shop), placed on a leafy lane on the Peregrine Walk (just outside of Monmouth). Having the camera focus on the object on the foreground can help achieved ‘Bokeh’ (which is the name given to aesthetically pleasing blurred backgrounds). This as you can see really lends character to my example photo. Now to be fair, I did take this photo on my DSLR (acquired incidentally, for a cracking price on eBay even if it did come with glitter on the bodywork as the last owner was an amateur fashion photographer). With such a camera you can open the APERTURE (which I’ve place in big letters to emphasise that this is a photographic term – stay with me for this), which basically speaking is the size of the opening that lets in the light when you push the trigger. The larger this hole, the more likely you are to achieve background blur. Now on a phone or Tablet this is harder to achieve (unless you have a posh phone that supports such features). This doesn’t however, stop you using props for your photography, but the result might be different in that both foreground and background will be sharply defined.
Now here is a compilation I made when the snow came to visit. Unable to travel far I was reduced to a shoot in the back garden (I get withdrawal if I don’t take a photo every so often!) and improvised with items that were to hand (although not the Robin who just happened to be curious). The result – a bit of fun, the images placed together via MS PowerPoint but there is no end of software that can achieve the same result. I’ll be writing more about such things in my next blog but in the meantime good luck and happy snapping!