Caption this!

“Caption this!” is without a doubt the most successful competition in our G+ community to date. Imagine an entire month where the photographers ask the viewers to caption their images. An entire month of oneupmanship from some of the funniest and clever folks I know! Thanks to the brilliant mind of …

A Reminder…

This is a reminder about the Series 18 Minifigures contest on Instagram that we’re running with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group. The contest runs until May 21st. That’s the day I arrive in the US for the Oregon Toy Photo Safari. That means Shelly and I can …

Another Series 18 Contest!

Toy Photographers have been invited to work with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group, together with other toy photography communities, on a Series 18 Minifigures contest on Instagram. The Contest The contest runs from April 16th until May 21st. The idea of the contest is to celebrate the …

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 …

jANTMANuary Photo Challenge Winners!

With February well underway, it’s time to announce the winners of our awesome jANTMANuary contest! The challenge? Take a photo of AntMan. Not just any photo though! As the original brief stated: There’s a catch— your figure needs to be involved in day-to-day events – interacting in real world happenings, …

Phestive Photo Challenge Winners!

Please join me in celebrating our Phestive Photo Challenge winners! Last month our G+ community contest had a holiday theme. The idea was pretty simple: create a photograph that celebrates your personal holiday tradition. It’s the 2017 Phestive Season, and we want to see what that means to you! Is …

The Devil is in The Details

You’ve probably hear of the popular idiom: The Devil is in The Details. We decided to put it to the test for our November photography challenge. As Tony explained in the original challenge:  Often details are overlooked by a viewer’s conscious observation, but they still add to (or detract from) an image. …

September Photo Challenge: Music

Todays post features the winners of the September photo challenge: Music from our G+ Community. We want to recognize our grand prize winner, some of our favorite entries as well as thank everyone who participated. Photography challenges are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. That’s why every …

The Inspiration Challenge

It is probably not a shock to anyone reading this that I believe toy photography to be a very creative art form that is full of creative artistic people. One of the most blissful times in a creative person’s life is when inspiration hits and creativity flows thru them like …

Lightness: A Photo Challenge

Our most recent photo challenge in the Toy Photographers G+ Community is Lightness. We want to see how you can express a word with many meanings through your toy photography.  Because the month is nearly half over; its time to get serious about the competition. For this reason I want to …

Six Degrees of Stimulation

Last week Shelly announced our new series: The Six Image Narrative. A new series? More like a new challenge! And a whole new process to come to grips with! With Shelly’s announcement fresh in my mind I spent last weekend thinking and planning. I took her advice and looked back …

Silhouette photo challenge follow-up

Challenges are a great way to push yourself in new directions, discover new skills and keep the creative juices flowing. Unless of course you’re me.  Earlier this month I posted a challenge to myself, and to anyone else in our community, to take on the task of exploring silhouettes in photography. …

Nostalgia

It seems like forever ago when I posted our latest photo challenge : Nostalgia. It’s been a busy couple of months which accounts for some of the delay, but not all of it. It turns out that when I look closely at my life and attitudes towards nostalgia, I’m not very nostalgic.

Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Our new photo challenge from the Photographer’s Playbook concerns nostalgia. “As an assignment, create a photographic work that consciously wrestles with the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and photography’s unique relationship to it. The work can be made in any photographic form (although Cotton’s essay focuses on the black-and-white print, it is important …