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Shooting Creative Portraits With Props

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Shoot: Using Hands for Motion Blur

Joshua Kissi

Shooting Creative Portraits With Props

Joshua Kissi

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Lesson Info

4. Shoot: Using Hands for Motion Blur

Lesson Info

Shoot: Using Hands for Motion Blur

I'm going to do motion blur a little bit but I'm going to combine that with a plant instead. So if we could have that plant? (inaudible) Say again. Like right, right, level head like-ish. It's going to be cropped up, so like literally. Come a little bit closer this way, so smooth, yeah. You can come in a little bit more, Ken. Yeah. (woman sniffs) (laughter) I mean, hey, if you want to be on vacation. I mean, at a nice island somewhere. I mean, as most photographers know, like, those are the times to take shots when people are just naturally laughing. Doing their thing. You tell a joke or two. Maybe they go or maybe they don't, but it's the perfect time to, kind of like, shoot them as well cause they're not thinking about smiling they're just smiling. That's important. There's no study to smiling. So again just combining different props, getting different results. Streak of light coming through. That's interesting. And that's with another prism. I'm going to do the motion blur, which is...

just your hand in front of the lens. That's all it is. And you'll see an example of that. It's fairly noticeable but it just gives it a little bit more texture. You can look at the audience. Yep, perfect. (woman) I like them. Yeah, you like them, She likes them. So that means I'm doing a good job, my career as a photographer is not totally a failure.

Class Description

Photographers are always looking for new and innovative ways to add a little spice to their portraits and stand out in a crowded field. But sometimes, all you really need is a well-chosen, well-placed prop to transform your image into something special. Photographer and entrepreneur Joshua Kissi will show you how to use props to create the mood, emotion, and texture you’re looking for.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use props wisely without overdoing it.
  • Utilize prisms and reflectors to add special effects to your imagery.
  • Change the dynamic of your portrait by adding a vase of flowers or piece of furniture.

If you’ve been wanting to add more props to your shoots but weren’t sure how to do it, this course will help you incorporate them with style and impact.



I loved watching him in his element. Can't wait to put these ideas into practice. Please bring him back!


Good class. Bring him back for a class on his editing.

Whitney Welshimer