Shooting a Barbenheimer toy photography set

Aug 2, 2023

Spencer Witt

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Shooting a Barbenheimer toy photography set

Aug 2, 2023

Spencer Witt

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Barbenheimer image and setup

I am a huge movie fan and am excited to see both Barbie and Oppenheimer this week (what a clash). I was then inspired by all of the “Barbenheimer” media to create my own toy photo. I’ve never done photos with a Barbie doll before, but it was a fun idea and definitely timely with the movies coming out this week.

For this photo, I used the new Mattel Barbie, from the Barbie movie (this one), lots of cotton, and some flame effect pieces that I had to create the mushroom cloud explosion in the background.

The setup

For lighting, I used LEDs by Litra Gear. For the fire effect, I used these LEDs with red gels, and for lighting Barbie, I used a Litra Pro above her. All and all a very basic setup.

To create the explosion, I used a clear red plastic explosion miniature. I then covered it with cotton to shape and make the mushroom effect. It is quite visible in the video below.

For the background, I picked a desert image and had it printed on some card stock for stability. This would give a good Los Alamos context to the image.

Barbenheimer toy photography setup

As you can see, I shot with a relatively wide aperture to keep the explosion out of focus and give it a sense of distance and depth.

The final image

Now, the only thing that remains is to ask, are you team Barbie or team Openhimer?

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Spencer Witt is a Photographerspecialing in toy photography from Utah, US. You can see more of his work on his Instagram account and on the Figment Five Website.

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2 responses to “Shooting a Barbenheimer toy photography set”

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    Tom Barrows

    I hate to tell you this but Barbenheimer has already been done….it’s called Asteroid City by Wes Anderson! ;^)