A Behind the Scenes look at “Killer Score”

This is the first of three photos I took for the Stuck in Plastic Star Wars contest two month ago. The title is “Killer Score” and I was playing with the bounty hunter nature of IG-88. He was probably thinking: “I’m gonna get you, damn Han Solo! Just let me unlock the multiballs!” None of these photos were chosen but Star Wars LEGOgraphy is not exactly my thing; there are many, many photographers out there much better than I.

Killer Score

I’m a big fan of Star Wars and Start Trek too, and wait a minute, also Spaceballs, well, basically I like anything with a “Space” or a “Star” in the title. And I love to mix the things a little bit. Anyway, I had fun taking these photos, because it was something different from my usual Benny and Mr. Robot photos.

But this is a look at “Behind the Scenes”, right? In the second photo you can see my “studio”… err, my half desk that I share with my wife. Sorry for the poor quality, but I used my smartphone.

A behind the scenes look at the making of ‘Killer Score”

The “Killer Score” photo was taken with my M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 Macro (and I use a Olympus Pen E-PL7 as body) at f/2.8. The depth of field is not exactly perfect. As you can see, the right arm of the droid and part of the pinball machine are out of focus. I should have used at least f/4.0 or f/5.6, but I was running out of time for the contest. I took more than ten different versions.

For the lighting I used a Metz Mecalight 320 with a cheap blue gel. I underexposed by two stops and I gave the usual treatment with Lightroom. In addition I added a smoke layer (barely visible, but I didn’t want to overdo) with Photoshop. The pinball machine was created by me and a friend of mine, who did all the graphics and printed the stickers.

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at “Killer Score.”!


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12 thoughts on “A Behind the Scenes look at “Killer Score””

    1. Thank YOU very much for your kind words! I love to show my behind the scenes, it’s just that sometimes I forget to make one… 😉

  1. Thank you very much for your post, dear Luigi! I love it very much! It was so interesting to see your toy studio and know the details of the creation of this cool scene!
    Kind Regards,

    1. Thank you very much! I didn’t make the pinball machine specifically for this photo. I already made it and then, Patrick, this friend of mine did four different graphics for it, including Star Wars. And then I had the idea of IG-88 playing.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Luigi! Very cool custom pinball machine too. The shot turned out great. I also got a kick out of seeing the stack of National Geographic magazines as a LEGO staging area! 🙂 It’s so fun seeing people’s studio spaces.

    1. Thank you so much! The National Geographic magazines are, actually, on my wife’s half of the desk… hihihi!! (but I love NatGeo). I think “fun” is the right word in this case!

  3. Thanks for sharing this Luigi. It’s always intriguing and enlightening to see behind the lens. And inspiring! Thanks again.

    1. Thanks a bunch! Much appreciated! I love to see behind other people’s lens too! Like you said it’s intriguing and inspiring…

  4. Awesome behind the scenes shot Luigi! I love the lighting in this shot. Your workspace is so neat and uncluttered 🙂 I’m very impressed 🙂

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