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Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Behind the Scenes: Brainwashing With Dr. Finkelstein

Updated: Apr 18, 2018

Here's a very simple setup with Dr. Finkelstein (from The Nightmare Before Christmas) that I photographed on my porch. The natural light on my porch in the mornings is beautiful, so it's one of my favorite places to create stories and photograph images. And because the porch is covered I can shoot there in pretty much any kind of weather. For all of you toy photographers out there, realize that quality of light should always be one of your primary considerations when finding locations to shoot at.


The beauty of toy photography is that one is able to make so much out of so little. I've created so many different stories, and worlds, on that little porch railing. And because it's outside I don't mind making a mess throwing water or dirt around. To create a splash like the one shown here you just need to blow air into the water. Blowing into a straw or using a can of compressed air to create the splash are my preferred methods. Camera gear is great, but for toy photographers, a limitless imagination is the most important tool in the camera bag. Here's the finished image.


I created this image using the Canon 5D Mark III paired with the Canon 135mm f/2L - ISO 2000, f/2 at 1/1250sec. The camera was mounted on my Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber tripod. Thank you to my sponsors at Atmosphere Aerosol (use discount code MW10 for a special rate if purchasing from their website), Manfrotto , Spider Holster and Lowepro camera bags.

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