How to create cinematic toy photography close-ups – N-Photo 149 video tutorial

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Interested in film stills photography, but don’t have access to detailed movie sets, ultra-realistic props and an army of actors? Toy photography might be a suitable way to scratch your movie-making itch – it’s a great way to create and shoot otherwise unattainable, cinematic sci-fi and fantasy-themed worlds from the comfort of your own home. Our space blizzard scene – inspired by The Empire Strikes Back’s infamous Battle of Hoth – might look like a fairly involved process, but it was created using a few Lego models, rocks found in the garden and a bag of flour. 

You don’t need to be a master model maker to create a convincing scene, since you only have to worry about what the camera sees. Add  a few in-camera special effects – including a specialist Adaptalux light or the best LED light panels – a shallow depth of field and a couple of editing tricks, and you can disguise anything rough around the edges. Just make sure you use an old camera or a rain cover for protection, because it’s going to get messy...

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