I am fortunate to be “real life” friends with a handful of very talented toy photographers. I am also the leader of the Advanced Photography Group of the Olympia Camera Club, and this month these two things came together when one of the best toy photographers out there, Matt Ferris, shared with the group how he captured and processed an image of Kylo Ren and his lightsaber.
Matt made a great presentation on not only how he sets his shots up, I think many of us assumed that he did a lot more composite work then he does, and how he does some of his post processing. Matt brought in, and basically built, a model scene to shoot that evening, and was gracious enough to let the club members present shoot the scene as well.
This image is my “take” on the scene of Kylo Ren that Matt setup for the group. This is way outside of what I normally shoot, but I had a blast shooting and processing this image. I have always understood the passion that toy photographers shoot with, I have the same passion for things like lightning, but after Tuesday night there might be a little more toy photography in my future. Perhaps it is time to reprise my model train personal project from a few years ago.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I captured this image with a 60 year old lens attached to one of my Sony a6000 bodies. Who says that you have to have the latest and greatest gear to make interesting images?