Outdoor photography with my figurines is one of my favourite things to do and placing them in appropriate/beautiful backgrounds is just fantastic. Therefore, I’m gonna do a short post on how I do my photography and sorry if it’s too elementary…I’m still starting out! =3
The Pros and Cons of Outdoor Photography:
1. A variety of different backgrounds
2. You get to explore things you never would in an indoor shoot.
3. You see places through the eyes of your figurine, not your own.
4. Overall appreciation of the toy increases tenfold!
5. Chilling with like-minded friends.
1. You lose parts
2. It’s embarrassing to be seen in public
3. Weather might be unpredictable.
4. Wear and tear of the figurine.
It’s obviously not a bed of roses for outdoor photography..so if you are thinking of doing it, weigh your opinions and decide on what works for you the most. =D
It’s obvious but I got to re-iterate it. Don’t bring the original box and accessories out for a shoot! Pack them in little containers and ziploc bags and only bring what you intend to shoot for the day. And whenever you move on from a area, check and double check all items..You don’t want to be losing any important parts (that happened to me way too many times) and if you’re doing it with somebody, just remind each other of that.
Figures are also smaller than you. A place might look like an awesome place to shoot until you place the figure down. Since they are so small, insignificant things like tree roots or lights might be more interesting than expected. Interaction with the surroundings are also something to keep in mind. Leaves, rocks or debris can all be used to ramp up the realism of the picture and make the figure come alive. =D
Affected by people staring? Well don’t be! It’s your right to enjoy your figure as much as possible and if you go through the route of photographing it, there’s nothing to be ashamed about! If doing it individually proves to be too daunting, go with a group of friends! They can help you pose your stuff, grab it in case it drops and generally makes it so much more fun. =D
The beauty of outdoor photography is of course the different backgrounds! You can go into the city for some skyscrapers and roads or into the park for the trees and rivers. The possibilities are unlimited and it only hinges on how far do you want to go. I placed my Nendoroids in running water before and as long as it isn’t too extreme, it’s worth trying out.
So with this I have come to the end of part 1. Part 2 will be more on the tools that are helpful and if this has helped you in some way, let me know! Also if there are any tips to share with me, please do! I would love to learn. XD
And if you’re wondering, no I’m not in any of the pictures above..why? Because I was the photographer for all of them. =3