Photographing action figures is a whole lot cheaper than hiring models, and you don't have to put up with any prima donnas. One of my favorite aspects of collecting action figures is creating backdrops and photographing them. You learn something new every time you stage one of these miniature photo shoots -- where to place the lighting for the most dramatic shots, how to use … [Read more...] about DIY: Make a backdrop for better action figure photography
Art and Photography
There's no question that the market for movie art posters has grown to monumental proportions, and Mondo, the granddaddy of them all, is still going strong. With weekly releases, there are plenty of gems in the mix (and some huge misses). I thought it would be fun to go through the Mondo poster archive and choose my top ten favorite posters that have come out of Austin over the … [Read more...] about Top 10 Mondo movie posters
The pop culture community lost another legend recently, with the passing of artist Jack Davis, known for his illustrations in Tales from the Crypt and MAD Magazine, and also for his numerous efforts in magazines, advertisements, and movie posters. I grew up idolizing his style and knack for skewering society with his pen and ink, and he will be missed dearly. Coincidentally, … [Read more...] about Jack Davis art up for bid at Profiles in History
It happens to every collector at one point or another, but it still hurts when an item you wanted to add to your collection slips through your fingers. Last week, while looking through one of emovieposter's current auction catalogs, I found an item that completely grabbed me by the lapels (if I had been wearing lapels at the time) and screamed at me to buy it. This 1972 … [Read more...] about The one that got away: 1970’s Flash Gordon poster
The Masters of the Universe toys of the 80's probably had the greatest artwork of any toy line ever, and that's saying something, because there was plenty of amazing packaging art put out in that decade. The Art of he-Man and the Masters of the Universe is the first book to gather all that art into one place, and it's even more impressive when you see it in this manner. I've … [Read more...] about The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
The 80's was a decade of many things -- excess, greed, and big hair, to name a few -- but it was also the heyday for airbrush art. As a teenager in the late 80's, I desperately wanted an airbrush so I could paint my favorite band logos on the back of my jean jacket, and maybe make some money on the side painting t-shirts and license plates. I thought those guys on the boardwalk … [Read more...] about Airbrush art of the 80’s was chrome-tastic!
It's amazing how the background of a picture can take a photo from meh to magnificent! It's not difficult to achieve some really exciting results using items you can find laying around the house. If you want your subject to really pop out, use a background color from the opposite side of the color wheel. Greedo is green, so an orange sheet of paper certainly makes him … [Read more...] about What’s going on back there? Taking better toy photos
So, there's a theme going on this week -- action figure photography. Taking photos of action figures is one of my favorite hobbies, it's like being a photographer to the stars, without the big budget and celebrity egos. Action figures are just lifeless lumps of plastic, but you might be surprised at how life-like those figures can be with the proper placement of your … [Read more...] about Lights, Camera, Action Figures!