If you’re just starting out with photography, the concept of depth of field is one of the first ones to learn. And in this video, you’ll see it explained in the comprehensive, but also the most fun possible way – with Lego figures. Four Bricks Tall helps you grasp the concept of depth of field in only three minutes so you can improve your storytelling in toy photography or any other genre.
Toy photography, particularly of humanesque action figures has become a pretty popular topic over the last year or so. With much of the world still in lockdown and the opportunity to photograph real people still but a dream for many of us, they’re the only subjects we can really rely on. But many of us haven’t owned toys or action figures since we were a kid. So, where does one start?
In this video, toy photographer Jared Middleton walks us through his guide to buying action figures that you might want to photograph. Of course, you can photograph whatever you want, but if you want to create some sense of realism and drama, it helps to know what to look for.
My name is Anindo Rudro from Chittagong, Bangladesh. I’ve been doing miniature photography for about 5 years now. I’ve seen so many miniature photographs which are done by high-end light setups and cameras. People always think about buying them but can’t afford them. They think it’s impossible to gain the same output without this high-end equipment. And from the very beginning, I tried to create the same output with low budget gear.
So in this new series, I’m going to show you guys how to get those amazing photographs only using mobile LED lights and a slow shutter. Which we may call light panning or light painting.
The pandemic might have limited our traveling, but India-based photographer Kunal Kelkar found a way to shoot a car on an Italian coast without leaving India. Well, sort of. He took some epic shots of Lamborghini Urus by simply placing it next to a swimming pool. And the car isn’t really a car – it’s a scale model that just looks so real in Kunal’s images. We spoke to this creative photographer about his process, and he told us more about how he turned this idea into reality.
I think I like Formula 1 photos as much as I do the racing itself. And when I saw Lampert Benedek’s announcement of Formula 1 series, I knew something awesome was coming up. And I was right: Lampert has created some darn amazing F1 photos without even going to the races. He made his own track and used model cars and practical effects to create miniature, yet realistic photos. He kindly shared them with us along with some BTS shots and video.
The current coronavirus situation has suddenly left many people without work and consequently with too much time on their hands. Many photographers are using this extra time creatively, and Arjun Menon is one of them. This India-based photographer combines action figures, household objects and some Photoshop magic. What he ends up with are photos that look like they came straight from the big screen.
Motorsports are moving online due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it appears that automotive photographers are also finding new ways of shooting fast cars in action. Kunal Kelkar is a pro automotive photographer who has found a brilliant way to shoot fast cars without leaving his home. He put a model car onto a treadmill and got some epic photos that look like the real deal. Kunal shared some of his photos and BTS shots with DIYP, so check them out to see how to take fantastic photos of racing cars at full speed – all while staying indoors.
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.
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.