17 September, 2017

Props - I (mostly) hate props

Alisha - Sigma 135mm, f/1.8 Art

In editorial photography a prop can be the easiest path to attaching the person to the editorial topic. If the article is about a violinist, then you shoot the budding Heifetz with his or her instrument. And, of course, if you're selling violins, then you'll want your musician to be holding the object of the exercise. Portraits, however....

If you Google the images of "Picasso," for example, and look at the photos of the man himself, unless he's actually working, most images don't show him holding a brush or palette.

Environment is another thing; it's, literally, in the background: Context, not a contest. 

With any image, the question I ask is, Where will the viewer look first?

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