Toy photography is a flourishing career of the twenty-first century, especially in this pandemic era where so many options of shooting are restricted. There are many sub-categories of this genre too. You can click on star wars, dolls, toy cars, action figures, and whatnot. You might showcase the star war toys like that in the film, or in some creative, and out-of-the-box way. Pictures of dolls and toy cars would surely take your audience to their childhood days. You can be as creative with the action figure poses, and surroundings as you want. This article will help you to click the toys even better.
Here are the top 3 toy photography tips for you:-
The first thing that you need to do is to choose the right gears for toy photography, before clicking. Toy photography requires much more gear than some other. Tripod is required for any type of professional photography, and the same goes for toy photography too. For the same reason of avoiding camera shake, you need to use a shutter release cable. You can use a camera remote app too. To shoot comfortably from any angle, especially from the eye level of the toys, use a raised platform or a table. Choose the backdrop carefully. If you want to draw the attention of the audience on the toys fully, because the subject is pretty attractive itself, use a white background. As toy photography involves close-up shots, make sure the toys are clean, and no speck of dust is there. Keep a spray cleaner and a cloth handy, to clean the toys whenever required. There is no 'perfect' lighting technique for light photography, but diffused natural light works best. If you are shooting indoors, click beside a window.
You will require to shoot many close-up shots so adjust your camera settings accordingly. To capture the details from closure, use a narrower aperture, preferably between f/5.6 and f/8. Always use manual focus to have full control. Needless to say, use a lower ISO, to avoid getting grainy images. You can choose the ISO value to 100 if you are using a tripod. It is advised to use the macro lens so that the toys appear bigger and more life-sized. But it will require you to work really hard to get the perfect depth of field. You can follow the works of Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle to get a clear idea about macro toy photography.
Toy photography gives you ample opportunity to tell stories, using your creativity and skills. Your goal is to make your audience nostalgic and emotionally attached, and you need to use your imagination to achieve that. You might showcase the toys as humans, communicating with each other, performing some activities. Or you can create a more intense story with a broader perspective. But whatever you plan, do not overdo anything. You can also have kids in your picture. Try shooting the toys from different angles. Think of your subject as living models rather than still objects, and work accordingly. You can hold the camera at peculiar angles and shoot. This might add a new aspect to the story you want to tell through the photo.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.