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
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!
I've been playing with my toys lately, and found this amazingly simple trick to really add some bang to your action figure photography. You only need three things that you probably already have laying around the house: 1. cotton, 2. yellow spray paint, and 3. flashlight. Spray paint the cotton -- don't worry about total coverage -- less is more in this case. Place the … [Read more...] about “Explosive” trick for action figure photography
The other day, I showed you my new lighting setup for taking action figure photos. The lack of a lightbox to diffuse the harsh light was preventing me from getting the shots I really wanted, especially for straight up product shots. A trip to the fabric store solved the problem. I purchased a yard of white nylon fabric, and draped it over some PVC pipes I rigged up to the … [Read more...] about Action figure photography … getting better
I love to take photos of action figures but it's a bit of a headache to set up the light booth and lamps. It's not easy when you have to dismantle your photo booth and lighting setup after every session. I was inspired by Philip's new home photo studio over at Battlegrip, and challenged myself to come up with a semi-permanent setup of my own. Here's an overview of the … [Read more...] about Action Figure Photography — new lighting setup!
I'm having way too much fun with these Dawn of the Planet of the Apes action figures from NECA. … [Read more...] about Still playing with my new toys…
Let me just get this out of the way up front, these new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes figures from NECA are amazing! The sculpt and paint application on these are incredible, making these the most fun figures I have ever photographed. Check it out! Caesar is ready for anything. Koba is a surly old ape. Meet Maurice, the first orangutan in my collection. Caesar … [Read more...] about NECA’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes action figures — WOW!