A Full Frame Camera for US$200?

Have you wished for a full frame digital camera, but the budget will not allow the hefty price tag? Well, I may have solution for you: it is possible to get a secondhand full frame DSLR for US$200, true story. I bought a 2007 manufactured Canon 5D online for the Australian …

Go Brick Me!

Have you seen the new BrickHeadz set by LEGO called Go Brick Me! (#41597)?  This is a fun set that will allow you to create two custom BrickHeadz that you can make look like you; sort of a BrickHeadz mini-me. Brett and I thought that this set would be a …

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 …

LEGO UCS Y-Wing

”What a piece of junk!” is a Luke Skywaker quote from Star Wars (1977). He said this upon seeing Han Solo’s spaceship the Millennium Falcon for the first time. It perfectly captures the lived-in look of the galaxy far, far away; nothing is off the shelf new and shiny. There …

The Photographers Vision

The Photographers Vision: understanding and appreciating great photography, is a comprehensive overview of photography by Michael Freeman. If you’re interested in studying what makes a great photograph this is a wonderful place to start. But I’m just a toy photographer! I’m can hear you say : “But I’m just a …

The Power of the Polybag

Many of us say we are toy photographers rather than toy collectors; however, unless we only shoot other people’s toys, we have collecting built into our DNA. I personally rip toys out of their packaging as soon as they come into my possession. I feel that, in its own right, omits me from joining the league of true collectors. But I also scour the Internet markets for the Minifigure head with just the right expression for my next shot. I once waited 6 months for a grey hairpiece with a bun, for a particular image (of course, within a month of purchasing it I had seven in my collection). So even if we are predominantly toy photographers were are, in part, also collectors.Continue reading

The Toys That Made Us

Have you seen the latest docuseries from Netflix: The Toys That Made Us? If not, you really need to put down what you’re doing and immediately binge watch all fours episodes of season one.  Rarely have I seen a TV series so perfectly aimed at toy photographers and toy collectors. …

Ship in a Bottle

Have you seen the latest LEGO Ideas: Ship in a Bottle set? Like all the LEGO Ideas sets this one is beautiful. There’s something about these fan driven sets that make them approachable, and very collectible. The Ship in a Bottle is no different. How do I know? LEGO was …

Review: LEGO 21312 Women of NASA

I’ve known Maia Weinstock via Flickr for a few years, so when I heard that her “Women of NASA” set was being released on November 1st, I knew I wanted one right away. I had a feeling the set would be popular, so I ordered one in the middle of …

Review: LEGO 40261 Thanksgiving Harvest

November upon us, and the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner for those of us in the United States. At the risk of being region-specific, I decided to take this opportunity to review the latest LEGO seasonal kit: 40261 Thanksgiving Harvest. Like its predecessor, 40260 Halloween Haunt, 40261 is …

Review: LEGO City Jungle Theme

Each year, the LEGO City theme gets some kind of adventurous line to break up the traditional, run-of-the-mill settings. In the past we’ve seen LEGO City citizens go to outer space, explore the arctic, and even face a volcano! This summer, seven sets took a group of adventurers into the …