Raging Rancor Deconstructed

When I present or post an image like this I get a lot of questions on how I made it. So I’ve made an effort to take a few behind the scenes photos as I shoot or prep a shot. Here’s my first attempt at deconstructing an image and the process that led to the final result. Hopefully, this will help answer a few questions regarding my editing process.

ELEMENTS

  • Rancor
  • Flashlight
  • Light Painting Brushes Universal Connector
  • Light Painting Brushes 9 inch White Fiber Optic Tool
  • Red gel (dollar store gift wrap)
  • Canon 5D
  • Canon 50mm Macro f/2.5
  • Manfrotto 190X Pro B

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Growing little worlds

A strolling Brett gathers mo moss

“Growing little worlds” sounds like a cheesy song title, but it’s a way to create little living habitats for toys to roam.

I was intrigued to see Luigi’s ‘Killer Score’ and ‘The Are Not The Droids’ setups, in particular the scale, or lack of, that he utilised to create these shots.

It was interesting to read Shelly’s post on the outdoors being studios. I especially liked reading that Kristina had shown Shelly that you ‘can do a lot with very little’. Continue reading Growing little worlds

The Salty Road to a New Point & Shoot

There I was, on a gorgeous beach in St. Augustine, Florida. The sun was setting, it was the golden hour. I had assumed the crouched over, yoga-like toy photographer position. I placed my LEGO mermaid minifigure right at the line where the wet sand meets the dry, where the waves stop and retreat back to the sea. Here my little mermaid may catch a little sea spray, actually, I hope a wave crashes right behind her as I snap the perfect shot.

Fast forward to a few months later and I could barely stand the thought of reviewing the photos I took that day. A wave crashed behind the mermaid alright, but not how I’d hoped. It turned out I’d misjudged the situation and splash! My beloved Canon G15 point & shoot camera got severely salted and sanded. The automatic pop out lens refused to open or close. I brought it back to the hotel, took it apart, and cleaned everything I could. After many unsuccessful attempts I finally gave up. My camera was toast. It was time to move on. Continue reading The Salty Road to a New Point & Shoot

Studios can be outdoors too!

Did you know studios can be outdoors too? We’ve all seen amazing behind the scenes glimpses of indoor studios, but until recently it hadn’t occurred me to do the same outdoors. Duh! Right?

Let me back track a few months to that time last fall when I visited Kristina in Sweden. Part of our adventuring was to visit all the places that she takes her amazing photos. If you were to visit me, this would take days since I’m prone to driving 60 minutes and hiking another hour to get to a perfect spot near my favorite mountain steam. Kristina showed me that this isn’t necessary.

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The Basics – Working in a Series

series

(ˈsɪəriːz; -rɪz)

npl -ries

1. group or connected succession of similar or related things, usually arranged in order

What happens we you apply this concept to photography? What happens when you decide to create a Photo-Essay? Continue reading The Basics – Working in a Series

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

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

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