The basis for any product photo is a background. I tend to just use a variety of papers.
In addition to the paper, another prop staple of mine is the cup/mug.
I've got a small collection of traditional jewelry displays that make cameos in my photos.
The last of my staples are some general props: old books and a piece of driftwood.
I've had all of these props for so long that they're almost coming to bore me. So, I've been on the lookout for some new items. Over a month ago I found this lady and was ecstatic! I've been looking for someone like her for ages.
As well, I discovered this beautiful milk glass bowl while thrifting.
Finally, I picked up this rusty piece of tin at an antique store. I probably paid more than I should have for it, but I saw so many possibilities.
I try to keep all my props together. The majority of them are in one of those collapsible canvas organizers.This makes it easy to grab all of them quickly when I have the time to take pictures.
In addition to what I've shown you here, I do have a couple of other new items that need to be cut down to size. I'll also be keeping my eye out for more. Can you ever really have enough photo props? I hope you realize that the items I tend to use are either handmade, cheap, or found - with a few exceptions. There's no reason that your photo props have to be expensive, they just need to show your product well.
And oh, I love how my pictures are turning out with my new props.
|Bright Blossom earrings - photographed from the milk glass bowl with black posterboard below and behind.
What do you use for photo props/backgrounds? Is there anything in particular you've been wanting to try?