Using Doorways as Props

doorway2OK, I’ll confess, if you give me a doorway I’ll use it as a prop. Doorways give subjects something to do with their hands as well as—I think anyway, it’s my obsession—provide a natural frame around the subject and add interest to the portrait. And rustic doorways are even better because they have mode character and offer a hard-edged contrast with the soft-edged subject.

D is for Doorway. Above the model places both her hands on the doorframe and while I’ll usually have the subject place her hands on different levels to produce a diagonal lie, as I have here, it’s not A hard-and-fast rule and since this is not a “my way or the highway” blog, you can do whatever you like a subject’s hands. Image was captured with a Canon EOS 60D with (now discontinued but much loved) EF 135mm f/2.8 SF lens and an exposure of 1/320 second at f/4 and ISO 200.

doorway1Doorway Redux. The subject is in almost identical pose but it’s different model, different doorway and was made several years from the above image. I guess I’m not one to let a good pose die. Here a confident Tia Stoneman throws her hip into the pose—something I always like but many subjects are often too timid to try—adding more dynamics to the photograph. Even though her hands are on the same level, the sweep of hed body adds an “S” curve composition that when combined with the asymmetrical nature of the photograph in general makes it look much more different than the previous doorway shot.

It was shot in direct Monochrome mode with a Canon EOS 50D with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens and an available light exposure of 1/250 second at f/6.3 and ISO 800. An EX 550 speedlight was used as fill,

Author: Joe Farace

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