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Old 01-12-2008, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since I'm limited as far furniture and nicely decorated rooms go, I'm trying to find things (cheap things) that I can use to create images with. And in my wonderings, i thought about a chair, just a plain parsons chair, or a wooden desk chair. But, In looking at various photos where a plain chair was used, the images really don't strike me as being really nice or have any impact. I've only seen a few images where a model or subject was seated in a plain chair that look really good where the viewer saw the models entire (seated) body. So, i don't know if a plain chair is a good prop investment or not. a nice plain chair is going to run 80 bucks, so, i was wondering what you all thought about plain chairs as a prop?
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've seen some images using only a chair that I thought were outstanding, and I have a vague recollection of someone have an entire section of their site being different models, each photographed in the same chair - well, with the same chair, as some aren't really seated IN it. So I say it depends on you.

Most of the effective or striking ones were effective because of the lighting, IMO. The photographer knew how to generate drama using shadows. And, of course, the subjects seemed to have some power of their own that was conveyed through the pose and lighting. It wouldn't work, I think, if the subject were at all uncomfortable or unsure about the "sitting."

Check out Irving Penn and Richard Avedon's stuff - steal from the best.

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Old 01-12-2008, 08:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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While I haven't yet found a lot of chair photos by Penn, the image of Picaso was worth every minute spent thinking about the chair. What an awesome image. And what a great photo of Capote. I wasn't sure how a photo of a person, such as these, could tell a story about a person. Now I know. Thanks for the education.
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Rolando had a couple of threads on the subject of one light and one chair. Here are some links to check out:

http://www.glamour1.com/forums/nudes...air#post247018

http://www.glamour1.com/forums/nudes...air#post230823

And keep in mind, a chair has many possible definitions ("something to sit on --- for example"). Here are two of my "one chair" shots:

http://www.glamour1.com/photoplog/index.php?n=7358

or

http://www.glamour1.com/photoplog/index.php?n=3375

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Old 01-13-2008, 11:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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...what you all thought about plain chairs as a prop?
Chairs are definitely not good props. Stay away from them. They just get in the way!


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I think with what jford said and what you supplied as some examples, I think I have a fairly good idea now about the use of props, ie; the chair, in the make up of a composition. I'm a slow learner. It isn't so much about the prop. It's about the use of space, the effect of the lighting, and what the pose/expression conveys. i'm not saying the prop sn't important. They can bring meaning or state something to add to the image, like the column you used and the photo n the other image. but, I think i know why most pictures of women seated in a chair don't look good pictures to me now. Thanks
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So, i don't know if a plain chair is a good prop investment or not. a nice plain chair is going to run 80 bucks, so, i was wondering what you all thought about plain chairs as a prop?
$80? My gosh... you must be buying NEW????

No way... I have maybe half a dozen chairs (which tells you a lot about what I think of them as props) and none cost over about $8 - $10. Okay, so they're all yard sale/thrift store finds, but they work the same as the high priced seats, and if I ever have to get rid of them, I'm out very little.

So here's what I have:
a high ladder back wooden chair painted gray,
a wooden bentwood back cane seat now natural soon to be painted fire engine red,
a white with red canvas wooden directors chair,
a high wooden directors chair in natural with black canvas,
a modernistic looking steel rod chair in black with black "leather" seat and back,
a steel painted blue ice cream parlor chair with pink seat,
a red steel folding directors chair, and
a high wooden bar stool type with back soon to be painted midnight black.

That doesn't include a number of "apple crates" (strong wooden boxes) of various sizes and finishes suitable for sitting on. (My fav is one about the size of an old long neck beer bottle crate that is painted 'weathered old barn red'.) And a genuine old Anheiser- Bush beer bottle crate.

Also in the collection are a couple of wooden stools (counter height) in natural and gray, a couple of medium height stools in a white wood and a black steel.

I can "seat" a small group!

Seriously, a chair is a great inexpensive prop that everybody feels comfortable using. Get a model that's willing to play with them unconventionally, and they're even more interesting.

I must admit, I've seen this really neat bright red fabric and chrome chair at IKEA that runs about $120 and have been sorely tempted... but I'll find something like it at a yard sale or thrift store now that I'm looking...

Besides sitting on the chair, the model can stand beside it, kneel on it in various ways, straddle it, lean on it... my gosh the possibilities are endless. Chairs? I love 'em!

Oh... I almost forgot about the neat wooden and the metal folding chairs in the closet. Probably another one around here somewhere -- like an uninflated inflatable. Chairs are just cool...
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I must admit, I've seen this really neat bright red fabric and chrome chair at IKEA that runs about $120 and have been sorely tempted... but I'll find something like it at a yard sale or thrift store now that I'm looking...
There are lots of wonderful chairs at Ikea. Here is one example:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80100251

Also, if you just want "really different chairs" then Search Google for "weird chair". Here is starting point for you:

http://images.google.com/images?svnu...+chair&spell=1

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's the IKEA chair I'd like to have... anybody wishing to give me a late Christmas present (hint, hint...) my fav is the red one.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10074590
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"It isn't so much about the prop. It's about the use of space, the effect of the lighting, and what the pose/expression conveys. "
You said a mouthful, sir. The old "nail on the head."

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