If you haven’t noticed I like a challenge. My attempts to bring Chima to the attention of the Legography community is certainly my most famous and fool hardy pursuit. This next week I’m going to try to accomplish a more realistic challenge: I’m only going to take photos of my mini figures with my iPhone 6S.

Some of you will be groaning when you read this because you already only use your phones to take amazing toy photographs, but for me this will be a real challenge. It’s been about a year since I’ve had to rely on my phone for toy photos. I’ve been leaning pretty heavily on my DSLR and dedicated macro lens to capture my set-ups. But this week that’s going to change.

The look on my face as I struggle to take photos with my phone.

The look on my face as I struggle to take photos with my phone.

I’m taking my two kids for a tour of our nations capital, Washington DC. Since this is primarily a family adventure, I want to dedicate my big camera to capturing our shenanigans. But that doesn’t mean I will be leaving my plastic friends at home. I plan on bringing along one small bin of mini figures and a few accessories. I will keep it pretty simple with figures from classic space, a few appropriate collectible figures, my signature figure and a couple of aliens for good measure. I’m limiting myself to whatever I can fit in one small satchel that will also double as a purse; nothing more. I’m famous for over packing the toys, but I’m going to be disciplined about this trip . I want to see how creative I can be with only a few toys, a simple camera set-up, a bounce card and a little off camera lighting. (If I had the time I would get an adaptor for my phone so I could attach it to a tripod but alas, I just thought of that!). 🙁

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. – Ernst Haas

Since I’ve left Instagram for the time being, I wont’t posting my efforts to social media. When I return some time late next week, I will present a gallery of my photos and you can see how I did. In the mean time, have a great week and don’t forget to have a little fun!

~ Shelly

If you have experience with photographing toys with a mobile phone I would appreciate your tips and suggestions. Feel free to leave your sage advice below. 😀

I realize that this isn’t an original idea; I believe Boris tried something similar on his summer holidays. I wonder how it went?