5 Creative Ways To Produce Fascinating Toy Photography

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

My Instagram account @transformersAD, which is dedicated to toy photography, especially Transformers, has reached a new milestone of 1,500 followers!

I began this account on January 1, 2022, intending to publish everyday images of my passion, toy photography. It's Day 550, and I've shared 677 posts so far, sharing multiple times on some days. 

Finding innovative ways to share images of toys online has been a lot of fun. In most cases, I force myself to think out of the box and challenge my imagination. After much experimentation, I've settled on a handful of tried-and-true methods that I often employ. Sharing some of my favorites:

1. The fight scene.

The fight sequence, in which two or more robots engage in combat, always leaves viewers wondering who will emerge victorious. The robots can also strike a position worthy of a fight, whether that be a sprint, a jump, a kick, or a punch. One in midair or being flung by the other are two of my favorite examples. You can create a slow-motion video reel by simply dropping one robot onto another.

2. The silhouette.

Seeing an outline of Transformers in the dark will leave viewers guessing which one it is because each Transformer has its own distinct personality, features, and appearance. Some of them are simple to recognize, while others combine several Transformers into one and make it difficult to tell them apart. It's entertaining to speculate either way.

3. The chase scene.

Continuing on the action sequences, one chasing another will show speed, agility, cunningness, and determination to not get caught. All those can be represented in a photo. When in vehicle mode, I usually will place multiple cars with each car barely touching the ground to depict a high-speed chase. The challenge is giving each car the illusion that they're driving really fast.

4. The upward shot.

These Transformers are substantially taller than humans, so they should look enormous next to us. Taking a low-angle photo with the camera pointed up at the robot is the simplest approach to illustrate this idea. Because of this, they look enormous. One difficulty is that their enormous bodies often completely conceal their heads. It might even work, albeit it might make it harder to see their head in the picture.

5. The outdoor scene.

When staging toy photography indoors, you'll need plenty of room to set up your own backdrop, props, lighting, and toys. Enjoyable, though time-consuming. When you're outdoors, you don't need to set these up. You should look for a spot that will do as a backdrop for your playthings. The seaside and a rooftop are two of my favorite backdrops.

The last piece of advice I have is to take many pictures. Don't settle for just one, no matter how much you loved your last photo. Take pictures while striking a variety of positions and playing with a wide range of angles. They're useful for future reference and can inspire new takes on familiar scenes.

Try these out and let me know how it went.
Happy photography!

You Might Also Like