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Do you get the picture?

Taking quality photos, pt. 1

You dig through your brick bins and find the perfect pieces. You spend hours creating an awesome custom build. The background is on point and the lighting just right. You pull out your camera and press the shutter, ready to capture the most epic of shots, and…

…your photo is blurry.

Or, the flash casted a shadow that covered half your build. Or, you can see there’s a soda can in the shot. Or…

A number of things can go wrong when capturing the perfect moment, but more often than not, it’s due to the setup and not the equipment. If you want to photog like a boss, check out these tips and tricks from our very own photographers to ensure your next photo series comes out looking straight profesh.

Tell a story

When you set up to take an action shot, remember to tell a story! What will your subject be doing in the shot? Is a vehicle jumping off a cliff or ploughing through rocks? Are there tread marks in the dirt? Remember, the devil’s in the details, and details make for good storytelling.

Scale

Speaking of perspective, be sure your set is to scale (in relation to your subject). If you’re shooting a micro action figure, you’ll tell a more authentic story by creating a realistic environment for it. Remember, you can’t shoot small subjects in large or environments, or vice versa.

P.O.V. (Point of View)

Get right into the action by positioning your camera level with your set. This tight vantage point will give your photo more character and definition. And here’s a PRO TIP: Use the zoom function on your camera/mobile to get even closer to the action. Play with perspective to see what works best – and don’t forget to refocus after you’ve zoomed.

Fill the frame

“Filling the frame” means to focus fully on the subject. Let’s say you’re shooting a micro action figure – this is your subject. Bring it to life by giving the subject action. Maybe villains are shooting at him/her; by ducking, rolling away, jumping behind cover, etc., your subject calls for attention because an action makes the subject stand out and pop in your frame.

The most important thing to remember when taking photos is never let anything stop you from capturing that moment! Tips and tricks will help you in the long run, but don’t let technicalities stop you from capturing the perfect show!

Now that you know the tricks of the trade, why not test them out and share your new and improved photos on our fan gallery!

By the way, these pictures were taken with a mobile phone!

6 Comments

theMegaDadDecember 7, 2018

Nice diorama! Need to learn how to make these.

JoeFilmsNovember 14, 2018

Awesome! I'll have to try this!

BossofbricksNovember 10, 2018

Cool diorama maybe one of the best I have seen and I am a plastic modeller (as in model kits)

TonyGNovember 9, 2018

Excellent tips which apply to stop motion as well of course.

ccbrowning5November 9, 2018

Never looked at it this way. It's nice to see MCX offering tips and advice to it's community. Gonna try and put these to use!