|This kitchen utensil holder was made by John Spiteri spoons by TB|
|cup and spoons by TB|
Props are important in photographing work for my etsy shop. On the internet I don't get the same interaction with customers that I can have in person at a show, so I try to plan my photos to go with my description and to answer questions. A photo prop can give a sense of scale to an item. I have found that most people will misjudge an item's size in a photo without a known scale to judge it by. Recently I took a snapshot of a snake and showed it to people at work. Only the snake itself was in the picture. Most people thought the snake was up to twice as large as it really was.
Another reason to use props is to add color to the photo. You want
to add punch and interest, but you also have to be careful that you're not distracting from the item being presented. Pottery seems to go hand in hand with the spoons that I make and I have enjoyed pairing pieces together. I've also used food like bright green apples which attract the eye faster than the brown of the wood. Once the brain catches up and notices what the eye is looking at, then the quality of how the photo speaks about the product is important, but the color served its purpose by attracting attention.
|Yunomi by Hanna Nussmeier, Oak Burl spoon by TB|
|Shino bowl and Cherry spoon by TB|
|Shino jug and Osage spoon by TB|
|Fake Ash platter artist unknown spoons by TB|
My job when planning a photo goes through quite a checklist beyond lighting and focus and exposure. They’ve got a thousand words to say. I need to make sure they’re saying what I need them to say.
You can see John Spitteri's kitchen utensil holder at his Etsy shop Blueparrotpots