I have been doing digital photography of action figures for many years now. I do it for fun. It’s a nice creative outlet that tends to cheer me up when I am feeling down. I actually did an online comic series with action figures called Landsknechts Gone Wild! It was a story about office frustration and what would happen if 1500’s mercenaries showed up and how they were not like the modern world. It was silly, but I had fun doing it. My husband helped me with some of the set creation. http://www.observationpost42.com/html/year_2008.php I did this for five years until we moved and had no space for the massive setup process.
So I have a love for Star Wars and my husband likes to collect action figures, so we started collecting the 6 inch Hasbro Black Series. These figures are nicely made. Some have better posing powers than others, and I think that is natural considering all the different types of clothing and gear that the characters wear. Some figures I tend to use more often than others.
So the other day I took Jango Fett with me on a hike. I will do this once and awhile for fun to encourage me to think….there is a problem solving process that happens when one stages these figures for photos. The goal is to make them look realistic like these fit in with the natural setting. I think this is a process that every movie director must go through to create an illusion of certain events. So, one needs to be mindful of objects that will break the illusion. This may require proper placement and angle or sometimes simply cropping out the offending object, but sometimes that’s impossible. Planning ahead is better. It’s part of the composition process that all artists have to do to make good artwork.
So I thought I would share some of the photos that I got of Jango Fett.
Now I have been doing this a long time and I started because my husband some years ago showed me an online comic that did digital photography, and I was inspired. There is another group of people who do amazing photos with this series of toys. They are known as the Chip Monsters on Twitter as well as facebook and Instragram. I discovered them on Twitter. Their work makes my photos look ridiculous. I think they are some of the best out there. Here is a link to their Twitter page, so you can check them out. https://twitter.com/thechipmonsters?lang=en
Well, I hope you have enjoyed my photos of my hobby. And yes, I took all these pictures with a cell phone camera. Perhaps you will find something that inspires you to take fun little photos to share with friends.
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