The JJ Abrams Effect

As a photographer I’ve always been seeking a kind of cinematic style that’s hard to describe. I just want my photos to have that “movie look” to them. Over the years I’ve come close but never felt like I really figured out the formula. Until now.

Toy Photography Jazz

Earlier this month, Shelly wrote about singing the toy photography blues as she steps out of her comfort zone. I truly feel fo her when it comes to leaving photography sessions with more frustration than photos. Yet I couldn’t help but notice that despite having a few similar things on …

Mr. Chainsaw, Branch Manager

Just yesterday Tobias M. Schiel gave us a glimpse behind the scenes at creating his wonderful noir setting. Last weekend I too made something to accompany a chainsaw toy photo. Actually, it was more about destroying than creating. Over on the G+ community there’s a plethora of daily challenges. One …

For the love of light

For the love of light is a step by step deconstruction of the image: Backlit Warrior Deconstructed. These are the steps I took to create that image. Concept A friend wanted a “cool” shot of Agent May from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in warrior pose. Obstacles Agent May, what Agent May? Why …

My Favorite Puddle

I’m no stranger to photographing toys in puddles. So much so, I even have a favorite puddle. (What a weird thing to say!) My favorite puddle is in a particular spot in my favorite park where I can consistently create photos I enjoy. It’s also a place that continues to …

Growing Little Worlds

Growing little worlds. Where have I we heard that before? Ah ha! Now I remember. Last year Brett wrote a wonderful post showing how to build a minute garden to photograph in. This post was incredibly popular. In fact it was our most viewed post in 2017 and it also had …