Prelude to Toy Photography

After nearly 2 years of exposure to photography, I've noticed that not all of its categories seem to be given the same amount of effort or preparation. In decreasing order of attention, the list appears to be:

  • portrait and event photgraphy
  • landscape, wildlife, and travel photography
  • product photography
  • cosplay (subset of portrait)
  • macro and food photography
  • street photography and sports photography
  • toy photography

I find the relative lack of notable examples for toy photography a bit surprising. Granted, collecting figurines isn't exactly a cheap hobby, but shooting these chunks of plastic is less demanding compared to shooting other subjects.

1) Toys are small.

Requirements for backgrounds and lighting are also downscaled. Given a proper camera on a tripod, a flashlight and a sheet of paper could simulate the look of studio lights.

2) Toys are inanimate.

As static subjects, motion blur is not a problem and there's even potential for application of light painting techniques. All the time in the world to find a pose/angle that works without having to worry about modeling fees or waivers...

The image above shows the less than ideal setup for the first picture. Given that this only took a couple of minutes to put together (hey, it was shot on a weekday), one could only get better results with a little more time and effort.

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