If there is the perfect time to shoot toy photography, it’s right now. It’s not like we’re leaving home much, right? Isaac Alvarez of UNPLUG Production has made a great tutorial that will inspire you for creating epic battle scenes with toys. You don’t need to leave your home and you can use whatever you find lying around. And by combining practical effects and lighting with some composite work, you can make create some awesome work.
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Have you ever found yourself looking at your children’s toys and thought to yourself man that would look great in an image? Well I have, I do and I love creating images this way, trying to create a realistic/surreal image which tells a story from using nothing more than a piece of plastic.
When photographing toys, there are so many tricks that can make your scenes look lifelike and realistic. To add an extra kick to certain scenes, you might need to create mini-explosions, all of which can all be done with practical effects. In this video, Norm from Adam Savage’s Tested hosts toy photographer Johnny Wu. He guides you through his process for creating blast effects in his toy photography and shares some handy tips and tricks that you can use in your work.
If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we love toy photography and Star Wars. And today we have a treat for fans of both. Photographer Matt Ferris shared his photo of an X-Wing Starfighter, and we were immediately drawn by it. Although it’s a toy photo, it looks pretty real, just like it came straight from the movie.
Matt was kind enough to share the details of creating the photo with DIYP. What I find especially interesting is that he relied more on practical effects than on post-production. It took some rain, a puddle and a can of compressed air to create the desired effect. Just a few post-production tricks later, he got some pretty impressive results. Here are the details of the setup for the shot:
Coming up with new and interesting ways to improve your portraits in the studio can sometimes be challenging. You feel like you’re just going through the motions session after session. Photographer, Joe Edelman, recently posted a video about the Light Blaster and how it can help you get more creative in the studio, to project shapes and even entire scenes onto your backdrop or subject.
In Joe’s newest video, he takes things a little more three dimensional. As well as providing tips on how to make and use cardboard or foamcore gobos, Joe also shows how we can use household objects to add unique interest to the background. Dog chew toys, a toddler’s toy wheelbarrow, house plants, and even toilet paper. Nothing is off limits.
We’ve shared some epic toy photos here on DIYP, and young Anthony Schmidt has just joined the group of artists I’m very proud to present. This boy is only 12 years old and he is on the autism spectrum. He has a big passion for toy cars, but they don’t just sit in his room. He takes pretty awesome photos of his toy cars making them look life-sized, using only a smartphone. Anthony is currently on a mission to publish his photo book, and he already raised the impressive $42,000.
UK based photographer David Saunders has reached 100 photographs in a Lego Star Wars project. David shoots Lego, dinosaurs, action figures, and other awesome toys. If you ever have a moment take a look at his social media. The images will amaze you.
To stay on top of our game, photographers should undertake personal projects. If you need inspiration, you’ve certainly found it here!
If you ask me, few things can spark our creativity as limited resources can. Photographer from Kerala, India Mithun M Das’ gives us a perfect example of this. He took some really cool photos of 1970 Dodge Charger. But the trick is that they were all taken in his living room, with a toy car and scenes made from stuff he could find around him.
If you ever visited some industrial surplus shops, very often you would see some cameras and lenses used in industrial automation. But you probably do not know that these lenses can have very high optical performance and features we want: high resolving power, large image circle, low distortion, and often very long working distance compared to some of the other lenses we use.
Most of us won’t have the chance to take photos at the actual Star Wars movie set. But hey, that’s why we have action figures! With figurines and miniatures, we can create realistic action scenes and take some epic photos. And what’s more, we have an excuse to play with toys.
So, if you’re up for some action shots at your own home, Photographer Raj Khepar shares a bunch of ideas, tips, and tricks in his latest video. Follow them if you want to take epic toy photos on a very limited budget, mostly with the stuff you have lying around the house.