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. Continue reading A Behind the Scenes look at “Killer Score”

Color vs. Monotone

Black and White photography, two simple colors, sounds easy enough – right?  The color guys, now they are the ones that have it rough.  CMYK, RGB, HEX – the acronyms alone are enough to drive a photographer mad!  Hell, you can write a Masters-Thesis on color….so why not take the easy road and stick with one basic tone?!   Continue reading Color vs. Monotone

Leveling Up With LEGO

Shooting LEGO minifigs is like a game for me, a quest to improve my photography. I invent personas for these iconic plastic toys, build MOCs for them and create worlds around them. With each photo, I rack up experience points, trying to level up my photography. With each new level achieved, I unlock a new skill: shot setups get more creative, shooting becomes more intuitive, editing goes faster. It’s a fun game, this open-ended free roam game of LEGO photography, and I intend to become a powerful wizard. Continue reading Leveling Up With LEGO

Outdoor toy photography with intention

I like to create photos like some people like to cook – a little of this, a dash of that, stir the pot and then see what comes out of the oven. While outdoor toy photography definitely has a chance effect about it, similar to experimenting in the kitchen, that doesn’t mean that outdoor photographers, like myself, aren’t crafting our photos with the same attention to detail as all  photographers. Continue reading Outdoor toy photography with intention

Reflectors and how to use them with toys

Every outdoor photographer should have a reflector in their kit and know how to use it while shooting their toys. Why? Because when you shoot outdoors, you only have one light source – the sun, and it’s rarely where you need it. When you add a reflector to your kit you can achieve even lighting on your toy, fill in those deep shadows and eliminate that shiny plastic line so often seen in toy photography. Continue reading Reflectors and how to use them with toys

You can’t just look at the mistakes

On Sunday afternoon I asked my youngest son if he wanted to go out and shoot. After a moment’s hesitation he replied:

-Can I go out by myself?
-Sure, I replied.

I loaded the camera with a charged battery and an empty memory card. He put the toys he wanted to photograph in a bag and went outside. Continue reading You can’t just look at the mistakes

The next challenge – can photographs tell the truth?

It’s my turn to pick a new challenge from The Photographers Playbook. This challenge is called “truth and dare” and is written by Gregory Halpern. The challenge is to

“Make a short series of purely object photographs.”

And what we shall ask our self is if photographs can tell the truth? Or as Halden put’s it:

“We know photographs can “lie”. Is it possible for them to tell the truth?”

I’m really looking forward to see what comes out of this challenge. I’m already wondering: how does a purely objective photograph look like? And can I do one? I don’t know but I’m looking forward to try.

Two stories could they make a third?

Our latest photo challenge is called “sum of the parts”. I had to read it through several times before I realized that I was supposed to create a diptych. At least in my mind that is what the challenge is about, we’re supposed to create two images independently that each tells a story of their own, but when we combine them together, they will tell a third. Continue reading Two stories could they make a third?

The great importance of a good assistant

I got a reprimand after my lastest post about making an exact copy. My youngest son objected because I had left out a big part of how I made the picture. He told me I had to correct my error by telling you how important he is to my work; which is especially true for the picture “the little matches girl”. Continue reading The great importance of a good assistant

One way to think about photo editing

I was asked to write a blog post about photo editing. I’m probably not the best person for this job because I try to do as little as possible. I try to capture the image I’m looking for ‘in-camera’. While I know there are many photographers that do amazing work creating luscious photos from their imagination using Photoshop,  (Zenith_Ardor comes to mind) ; that’s not me. So for now, I will simply get the conversation started. Continue reading One way to think about photo editing