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This week James talks to Bay Area LEGO photographer Doug Gary, with a special appearance from his son Tye!

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You will have to forgive this non-toy focused post today! Instead of a review, or a how-to, I wanted to spend a little time talking about our weekly(ish) email newsletter! Sent to almost 300 people each week, our newsletter contains all the latest posts and news from the Toy Photographers …

The evident is incredible

Do you know why the wizards hide their abilities? They’re sure that the non-magical people don’t understand what they see. Listen to my story as a perfect proof of what I say. Being of Japanese origin, I studied in British school full of ancient magical traditions. This place is so …

Save the Date!

Grab a big red pen. Go to your calendar. Thumb the pages to October. Place a great, whopping circle around Saturday the 19th. There you go. You’ve just saved the date for the next Melbourne Toy Photographers meetup! “But it’s only June. Why am I circling dates on my calendar …

Cool Cat: A Portrait Session

This portrait session with Catwoman just happened. I had set up for something entirely different, and when that picture did not quite work out, I just started toying with this action figure. While trying different poses and arranging the light, I had a couple of thoughts I would like to …

Plastic friends

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met” William Butler Yeats When one begins a hobby, you tend to focus on the hobby itself, honing in on the skills and techniques needed to accomplish the task at hand. Now there are those hobbies that have a social …

The Eagle Has Landed…

One small step… you know the rest! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, LEGO has released the Creator Expert 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set. This is difficult set for me to review. Well, difficult to review from a toy photography point of view anyway. …

Pictorialism and Toy Photography

Did you know that when photography was first invented it was seen as a medium capable of the same level of artistic expression as painting and sculpture? This movement is called Pictorialism. Pictoralists wanted to be seen as equal to painting and the finer arts, rather than an inferior mechanical …

Ikea Dioder Review

I am always looking for interesting ways to add light to my images.  So when I was walking thru Ikea and saw a multi colour LED kit, (called Dioder, cause Ikea is awesome with product names) that is designed for lighting shelves and display cabinets, I figured I’d see how …