How to Maximize Household Items for At-Home Photoshoots

Kaila Mathis

CLLCTVE hosted CLLCTVE University: The Ultimate Creator Accelerator for 10 Weeks of Spring 2021. Each week came with its own upskilling workshop hosted by a CLLCTVE Creator.

Estheralice Lopez, Syracuse University Photojournalism Major, hosted her workshop on Maximizing Household Items for your At-Home Photoshoot.

The workshop covered how photographers can look at everyday objects from a new angle, how they can push themselves creatively during a time of stillness and how to push the limits of what they can achieve through photography.

Estheralice was excited to be teaching a skill that many could use to remain creative while in quarantine.

“I am excited to continue to spread great energy in the creative industry,” said Estheralice. “And to inspire other visual creators to keep pushing through the hardships that have come from the pandemic.”

Before her workshop at CLLCTVE University, Estheralice shared with us three questions every creator should ask themselves when choosing an object to photograph with at home.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing an Item to Photograph

1. Will this object add a compositional element to my image?

Think about color, texture, and light! For example, using a household lamp with a pigmented t-shirt can add color to an image without the need for colored gels.

Estheralice's spec ad for Delta Airlines.

2. Will the object be used in or outside the frame?

For example, a mirror can be used within the frame of the image to show your subject’s reflection, or outside the frame where the mirror can reflect light onto the subject.

Estheralice's spec ad for BooSocki.

3. Will you be able to create an object?

Sometimes the object isn’t as straightforward as a lamp or a t-shirt. Think about what you can create with household items as well! A piece of paper or fabric that you cut out and point a flash through can help create cool shadows. Think about making steam post a hot-shower and the cool effects that could create. Think about taking lights like LED strips or Christmas lights and attaching them to a hula hoop or box to create cool light movement within an image.

Estheralice's spec ad for Good Uncle.

Kaila Mathis
Kaila graduated from Villanova University in 2021 with a B.A. in PR & Advertising and Journalism, with a minor in Spanish. She is now the Growth Manager at CLLCTVE and a Freelance Writer for Adweek.
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