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How To Photograph Toys & Lego At Home

Learn how to take interesting and fun photos of lego, toys and other objects you have in your home. We share top tips on lighting, angles, composition, general set-ups and more before moving onto editing in Photoshop.

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You might be indoors quite a bit at the moment but that doesn't mean your creativity should suffer so to keep you thinking outside of the box, Park Cameras has put together a really cool tutorial all about photographing lego and toys. Now, they use two cars but literally anything can work for a toy still life so get your thinking caps on and see what fun scenarios you can come up with. 


Now, once you have your chosen toys, your main focus will be the set-up and composition as you need to decide what will go where, what background you will use, how the props relate to each other, how you can use photography rules to create a better photo... etc. If you're going for a flat-lay approach, what material you use as your backdrop will change the overall look/feel of the photo so do take this into consideration, too. 

"We're all in lockdown but we can still take photos at home, this week we're looking at how to take photos of Lego or other toys and objects. We're going through lighting, angles, composition, setup and then moving onto editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.," Park Cameras. 

Natural light will probably be the easiest type of lighting to work with but if you are using studio lighting, you're going to need a main light and a tool for reflecting and directing the light which can be a simple piece of card or reflector if you have one. Alternatively, you can use a second light to give you directional light along with a softer light for filling in. 

 

Model with background set-up

 

If you have a busy background you can't disguise with props/removable backgrounds, throw it out of focus which will also help focus your viewer's attention. Those of you capturing images with a smartphone, switch to aperture or portrait mode to help you capture images with blurry backgrounds. 

As well as the set-up, Park Cameras talk through a Lightroom/Photoshop method for finishing your lego/toy shots off in a really cool way which we won't go into detail on but you can follow it step-by-step by clicking 'play' on the video above. 

 

More Photography Projects To Try At Home

Just because you're at home doesn't mean you can't pick up your camera as food and pet photography are just two more types of photography you can have a go at while at home. Plus, how about reading instructions on how to photograph glass bottles or why not see how you can use coffee creatively

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