I'm just going to come out and say it. Whoever is the guy that takes the photographs for McFarlane toys? I want your job. I'm sure you have loads of other duties and responsibilities around the office, but watch your back. I make a mean cup of coffee and I'm not completely useless in front of a copier, either. I'm coming for you, baby!
That brings us to today's photo of Lilith. I've been watching the 365 Days video podcast and it's made me think about how I approach my toy portraits. Chris Maverick has a fantastic tutorial about his lighting set up and I really wanted to try and apply some of his techniques to my toy photos.
My setup wasn't all that elaborate, but I built a reflector out of aluminum foil to help balance out the shadows and bring the whole figure a much richer color and clarity. I just bounced a regular pocket flashlight off the reflector and clicked the shutter. It took a couple of tries, but I'm really, really pleased with how it looks so far. Taking it into Photoshop, I only played with the contrast a little and added the glow for the painted look that I like so much, and Save As.
Now if I could only shoot people like this!
Four score and EXIF years ago:
|Exposure:||0.333 sec (1/3)|
|Focal Length:||50 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||-1 EV|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time:||2008:01:16 18:29:51|
|Date and Time (Original):||2008:01:16 18:17:39|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2008:01:16 18:17:39|
|Metering Mode:||Center Weighted Average|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Sensing Method:||One-chip colour area sensor|
|Exposure Mode:||Auto bracket|
|Focal Length In 35mm Film:||75|
|Image Width:||1211 pixels|
|Image Height:||2022 pixels|