Using Retro Props in the Studio
Look around your office, studio or home and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Like a lot of photographers, I collect old cameras. I’m not a serious collector but was inspired by images made by the late Peter Gowland who often used cameras as props. One of my erstwhile colleagues once said that many of my photographs looked like I was channeling the spirit of Mr. Gowland.
I took that as a compliment because Mr. Gowland was a pioneer in both technical and aesthetics of glamour photography and also was kind and encouraging to me late in his life. My book “Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography” is dedicated to Alice and Peter Gowland and this group of portraits was made a homage to the kind of shots Mr. Gowland made during the 1950’s
When working with Amber (above left) in my home studio with the Broncolor Senso Kit 22, the main Litos head with a 28-inch square Broncolor lightbank mounted was placed at camera left. Fill was provided by the second head with a 60-inch parabolic umbrella mounted. I cranked up the power in the second head, lowering the lighting ratio to 2.5:1 but the combination of the Broncolor lightbank and the big umbrella produced excellent light quality. Using the plain wall in my studio as a background I made this portrait of Amber with my Kodak Duaflex IV box camera with a Canon EOS Rebel T3,
This photo of my wife Mary (above right) is an homage to the kind of shots Mr. Gowland made during the 1950’s and was shot during my review of the Broncolor Senso/Litos lighting kit for Shutterbug magazine. Exposure with Canon EOS Rebel T3 and EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.