It's no secret that I love vintage items from the 50's and 60's, so when a 1954 Motorola television popped up on Craigslist, I pounced on it, not knowing what I would actually do with it. The TV did not work and there was no way I would ever feel safe leaving the thing plugged in for an extended period of time. After almost a year of having to work around this immobile behemoth … [Read more...] about How I repurposed a vintage TV console into a functional cabinet
Photographing action figures is a whole lot cheaper than hiring models, and you don't have to put up with any prima donnas. One of my favorite aspects of collecting action figures is creating backdrops and photographing them. You learn something new every time you stage one of these miniature photo shoots -- where to place the lighting for the most dramatic shots, how to use … [Read more...] about DIY: Make a backdrop for better action figure photography
It's amazing how the background of a picture can take a photo from meh to magnificent! It's not difficult to achieve some really exciting results using items you can find laying around the house. If you want your subject to really pop out, use a background color from the opposite side of the color wheel. Greedo is green, so an orange sheet of paper certainly makes him … [Read more...] about What’s going on back there? Taking better toy photos
So, there's a theme going on this week -- action figure photography. Taking photos of action figures is one of my favorite hobbies, it's like being a photographer to the stars, without the big budget and celebrity egos. Action figures are just lifeless lumps of plastic, but you might be surprised at how life-like those figures can be with the proper placement of your … [Read more...] about Lights, Camera, Action Figures!
I've been playing with my toys lately, and found this amazingly simple trick to really add some bang to your action figure photography. You only need three things that you probably already have laying around the house: 1. cotton, 2. yellow spray paint, and 3. flashlight. Spray paint the cotton -- don't worry about total coverage -- less is more in this case. Place the … [Read more...] about “Explosive” trick for action figure photography
The other day, I showed you my new lighting setup for taking action figure photos. The lack of a lightbox to diffuse the harsh light was preventing me from getting the shots I really wanted, especially for straight up product shots. A trip to the fabric store solved the problem. I purchased a yard of white nylon fabric, and draped it over some PVC pipes I rigged up to the … [Read more...] about Action figure photography … getting better
I love to take photos of action figures but it's a bit of a headache to set up the light booth and lamps. It's not easy when you have to dismantle your photo booth and lighting setup after every session. I was inspired by Philip's new home photo studio over at Battlegrip, and challenged myself to come up with a semi-permanent setup of my own. Here's an overview of the … [Read more...] about Action Figure Photography — new lighting setup!
A couple of weeks ago, I became the proud owner of one of my all-time holy grails, an original 1979 Kenner Alien figure. It is beautiful, with the original dome, working jaws, and arms that can still stay up. I wanted to display the figure high up on the top of a bookshelf, away from the kids, but was afraid it might fall from that height and break into a million pieces (along … [Read more...] about Kenner Alien figure stand diorama