Depending on where you live, you might have already watched Alien: Covenant or you’re only a few days away from the premiere. Either way, you can play a bit and create some toy photos with an Alien figurine. When you’re a photographer, you can never be too old for toys, right? Mathieu Stern shares an idea and a quick tutorial for toy photography dedicated to this cult movie. It takes a macro lens and a couple of items you have at home, and you can make a photo worth a movie poster.
Let’s just get this out there, I am a big horror fan. I have been since around the age of 5. One afternoon as I was playing with my toys behind my parents’ friends couch when they put on Nightmare on Elm street. As I sneakily peeped my head around the couch my eyes were met with the sight of a creepy guy wearing a hat. On his fingers, he had these sharp knives. His face looked weird, and for some reason, he seemed to be chasing teenagers around in their dreams. That was the moment my mind was changed forever.
I’m pretty certain, no one in that room knew just how much of an impact that movie had my life. From that moment on I was a horror fan. As my grandparents would attest, my brain was filled with the creepy and macabre. So when I first picked up my camera it was only natural that I gravitated towards horror photography.[Read More…]
I’m amazed by the art talented photographers can make with toys, and one of such photographers is Mitchel Wu. He creates “Toy Stories” using the toys from the popular Pixar’s franchise. His photos show action frozen in time, but he doesn’t add the objects in Photoshop. Everything you see is created in the scene and in real time. So, it’s real water and coffee splashes, real “flying” objects, and even real fire! A real mess, but most of all, real fun.
Mitchel was kind enough to talk to us and tell us some more about his work and how he creates these amazing photos that freeze the action in time.
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:
Are we too old to play with toys? Not necessarily. When you are an adult, you can still find pleasure in playing with toys and create whole new worlds with them. And this is exactly what photographer Péter Csákvári does. He uses mini figurines to create dioramas and capture his own imaginary worlds in a series of photographs called Tiny Wasteland. He combines the figurines with the real-life objects to create funny, weird, dark and even slightly NSFW images of miniature worlds.
Do you enjoy vintage photos from the mid-20th century? Photographer Michael Paul Smith has a vast collection of such photographs. They show the world as it was from the 1920s to 1960s – but they were all made using model cars and model buildings he makes himself. His photos are so masterfully done, you would never say those cars and houses aren’t real.
Do you dream of traveling the world and taking photos of wildlife all over the globe? And does it sometimes get you down if you can’t do it? Egyptian photographer Amr Elshamy has the same dream, but he turns it into a reality – without leaving his studio. He creates “wildlife and underwater photography” using toy models of animals, a minimal amount of gear and a couple of props. And the results are pretty cool.
I’ve seen some great toy photography used to recreate different kinds of scenes. I’ve also seen many awesome recreations of artwork. But Spanish photographer David Cubero combines toys and photography to recreate famous works of art. He uses Marvel toys to do it, and the results are not only well executed, but also very amusing. Let’s see if you can guess which photo represents which work of art.
What happens when a miniature photographer discusses collaboration with a multi-million car company? He ends up shooting their $160,000 car, an Audi R8, using a $40 scale model.
Photographer Felix Hernández (more from Felix) discussed some potential ideas with Audi. The result was so awesome that Audi decided to share it on their media channels. The catch? the photos were not made using a real car. Instead Felix used a small model car.
The process is not trivial though and does require some understanding of scale, perspective and whole lots of flour.
Sometimes bringing a toy to life is just a matter of setting it in the right environment. For me this was the case when shooting Fate Zero’s Saber and her Motored Cuirassier. While this shot may seem fancy, it was actually taken in a corridor just outside my home. I did ran into some difficulties as I did not have anyone assisting me for the shoot but I did come up with some solutions that worked well in the end.
I did this shot as a single exposure, so all the effects were done in-camera. With a spray bottle.