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 …

Taking on Tips

I don’t just write posts. I also read them. And then I write about reading them. Today I put some of Shelly’s tips into practice. And wrote about it! Beating Baader-Meinhof to the punch! I’ve written about Baader-Meinhof before, the term coined to describe a concept or a thing you …

Thinking inside the box

Let me admit that I am not a builder of models. I am a photographer. So, along with the budget, I also try to minimize the work I put into the sets (hence their slightly minimalist feeling). To achieve this, I try to build sets which are so flexible that …

The Basics – Selective Focus

Selective focus is another tool you should add to your photographic tool bag. When you’re a landscape photographer being able to focus to infinity is important, but is that skill really important for toy photography? What happens when you play with the focus point on your toys? Can you tell …

The Basics – Your Own Web Site

Do you have your own web site?  I was recently surprised by the number of toy photographers in our community who don’t. I feel strongly that in the shifting quicksand of social media platforms every semi-professional photographer and artist should have a personal home on the internet. A place where …