Attic Raiding – Legacy Lenses

Depending on your age, you, or your Dad/Mum/Uncle/Auntie/Pa/Granny/etc may have some optical treasures lurking in an old trunk in the attic. Or maybe they are in that closet that threatens to engulf you with old boxes when you open the door. You may be a thrift shop devotee that spies …

Lensball

I took a new toy with me to the #ORToyPhotoSafari. And no it wasn’t an actual toy, it was a Lensball.  Papajov first introduced me to this lo-fi way of creating unique toy photography at last years meet-up in San Francisco. This year I wanted to get a little more …

For the love of light

For the love of light is a step by step deconstruction of the image: Backlit Warrior Deconstructed. These are the steps I took to create that image. Concept A friend wanted a “cool” shot of Agent May from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in warrior pose. Obstacles Agent May, what Agent May? Why …

Thinking Outside the Brick

A Story of The 2018 Meet-up Giveaway Figure Another year down…has it already been a year?! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were having pizza and beer at the G+ Headquarters along with exploring the ruins of San Francisco’s famed Sutro Baths.   Would you believe it …

Growing Little Worlds

Growing little worlds. Where have I we heard that before? Ah ha! Now I remember. Last year Brett wrote a wonderful post showing how to build a minute garden to photograph in. This post was incredibly popular. In fact it was our most viewed post in 2017 and it also had …

Fairy Tales and Classic Literature

Thanks to the Google Plus toy community’s Literature themed photo challenge, I had a ball creating a bunch of alternative book covers for some fairy tales and classic literature. When Shelly suggested I consolidate these book covers under one article and share some of my thoughts and process for this …

Practical Effects

Hi, my name is Joey and like to take toy photos using practical effects. I want to share what I have learned and inspire you to try your hand at incorporating practical effects into your own toy photography.

Aperture science

Authors note: Before going any further, you may like to play this great song whilst reading. We do what we must because we can. I am not responsible for any earworms that may occur.  One of the best books I have bought for understanding some simple things about photography was ‘Read this …

Shootin’ in the Rain

Just a few weeks ago, I celebrated the change of season. The color change in the leaves, the crisp autumn breeze in the air, everything around us reminds us of fall. While it’s an invigorating time of year for me, there’s just one thing I forgot about… Shooting in the …

Dealing with Fears of Rejection

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”  -Brene Brown Our fears of rejection within the realm of photography vary by person – whether with putting an image on a social media platform and not getting any likes, or maybe getting negative comments, to submitting something to a publication …