How to Use Fog, Mist and Haze to Improve your LEGO Pictures

This month we will be looking at particles and particle effects that are in the air. Everyone knows it, light rays shining through leaves, sun rays through windows, the fog hanging in the valley, etc. All these effects can add depth to an image, convey a mood or just make it look epic. But how can you recreate such effects for your LEGO photos without artificially adding them through image editing? That’s what I’m going to explain to you this month.

Behind the Scenes: Maiko in the Rain

There are many techniques minifig photographers can use to separate the subject from the background. The most common techniques are using a shallow depth of field, where just the minifig is in focus but the foreground and background are completely out of focus; and color, where the minifig stands out because of a dominant color….

Behind the Scenes: Stroboscopic Dancer

Ever since I saw Joe McNally capture the sequence of a dance in a single long exposure several months ago, I have been aching to try the technique myself. The advanced technique Joe used is called stroboscopic flash, or repeating flash in some other camera systems, and involves using an off-camera flash to light the…

#inthestyleof The APhOL: The Prisoner

Last week, I posted a behind-the-scenes look at one of The APhOL’s photos and challenged myself as well as other toy photographers to recreate the look of “Sculpting”. I didn’t want to use the same subject of a sculptor though, but I wanted to try the technique of creating a dark environment, streaming light through…

My Favorite Babysitter: The Video Arcade

When the Toy Photographers launched their contest about nostalgia, one of my first thoughts was of the video arcade I used to go to when I was a kid. A good part of that childhood was spent in dimly lit video arcades. They were a cheap babysitter for a lot of parents in my area,…