I’m doing something kind of cool today! For starters, tonight I hosted the #USBloggerChat on Twitter, the theme was “Props For Photography” after I need a little more time to come up with good questions for the food theme that some of the girls wanted me to do a couple of weeks ago! I just thought I’d come up with a few questions for the chat and make up a post including those exact questions like I always do, but then I started thinking about it more and more, before long I decided to create one big post about the same subject!
I’ve always tried to use my own pictures, but sometimes I’ve had to use my families photos such as my mom and sister’s mostly. If I use anybody else’s pictures I usually try to ask beforehand and/or add the link below. I was using my phone to take my pictures a couple of years ago, but then they kept getting smaller and then Facebook took away their mobile email thingy and I couldn’t upload them anymore. So I started looking for another way to take pictures because even doing them from my phone were fun! It’s easy to hold my phone and snap a few with my toes, but I’ve tried to hold and take pictures on a smartphone before and it took me literally five minutes for one picture! So I knew that wouldn’t work. I’ve actually had a digital camera, same color as my sister’s, but a freak accident occurred after the graduation ceremony was over with and I was trying to pass it to somebody else to take it for us and it dropped to the concrete and shattered to pieces. My folks have never let me down from that experience.
So I have my own reasons to be nervous on owning a camera. I’ve always been curious about getting another one and seeing what all I could do with that. When my sister gave me her old digital camera last January, I was very excited to learn this new challenge! I thought with my weird feet I wouldn’t be able to balance it correctly, but as I kept experimenting with it, I found out that my right foot is perfect for balance and different angles! I have a total of three ways to stabilize my camera on that foot. For once, my feet make a good team when they want to!
I’ve listed the questions below, I won’t answer all of them especially since my real answers will be on Twitter anyways! I think I’ll only explain three out of seven questions more in-depth of how I do them.
I have a total of 12 props, but in a way I think there’s more because I forgot about my flowers too! I’ve recently been using bandanas as a different textural element and pop of color to the pictures. I mostly use darker colors like purple, blue, but use a dark shade of orange or green for anything other than black. Sorry for the lack of items to use as examples! I only have my speaker remote and flowers nearby!
Both photos featured on my Music Haul | Rock & EDM post!
I like to use about anything, boxes to towels! That’s what my nana and I had to work with until last October when we got the foam board. I did not think a foam board would be an excellent background for pictures, but it is! The original size was I think $7.64 for 11″ x 14″ it was really big and a small section of it was cut to make a stand and exclamation point for my Boo! Sign my Aunt Laurie, Uncle Mike and I made for Halloween! It was recently cut in the middle so that I had a piece at home and the other is in my nana’s kitchen if we need it!
I also have two shiny cardboard sheets that came inside the boxes of my grandparent’s meals. I told you! You can virtually use anything that shows up good on your camera! They take up less space than the foam board too! However, for different items the sheets reflect every bright light in slight and makes the picture seem a lot brighter than it needs to be, so that’s why I hardly ever use them!
This picture was taken on the cardboard sheets. I think with or without a flash on your camera (and I tend to keep mine on!) makes the item look blurry, the outside areas are too white and it’s not all that pretty!
I’ve stopped using PicMonkey for the time being but I would probably use a different filter to offset the brightness a bit.
This one was taken on the foam board, despite the scratches on it, it’s less bright around the flowers. It doesn’t allow the brightness of the flash to ricochet off each other. You can see different details of the flowers and their stems better like this.
I have created an easy backdrop for my photos. Technically I didn’t make it, my dad did! It was made after the idea came into my brain one late sleepless night! I imagined it a little differently than the way he made it, but it still works!
It’s made out of old cardboard scraps I had after my old velvet posters and duct tape! No nails! No glue! Nothing! The best way to describe it is like a pop up inside a book! When you turn the page it unfolds as it stretches. Originally it was like that, it had three parts holding the backdrop straight up and titled back a bit. However, it kept coming undone so after figuring out that it didn’t need the bottom part I took it off (it was already falling off) and letting the two sides in the back hold it up. All you do is open it like a book in the back and it sits up right. It’s actually better than I imagined it, I’m not going to lie! My dad did a pretty good job!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and the chat if you were a part of it! This was fun putting together! Now let’s get into the question shall we?
1.) What kind of camera do you have? What is your favorite feature on it?
2.) How many props and backdrops do you normally use in your photos?
3.) What are some inexpensive props an up and coming blogger can use?
4.) White or colorful backgrounds?
5.) Have you ever made a specific prop or backdrop for your photos?
6.) Strange question, what is your favorite angle?
7.) What kind of apps do you use to edit your pictures?