behind the scenes
When I started with Toy Photography, I was content with recreating and creating movie-like scenes and letting my creative side vent that way. But soon enough I realized that I could do more, much more. I have a vivid imagination that never lets me rest. I’m always creating little stories and images in my head. I needed to let them out. That’s when it all led me to Miniature Art and Scale Model Photography. I came to realize that I could, in fact, represent those ideas. I just needed to learn a few new tricks and work a little harder.
Even though technically I’m a professional photographer, I think of myself as a visual artist. Photography is just one of the resources I take advantage of to create my images. In this beautiful form of art, I make use of Miniature Art, Photography, Compositing, and Digital Painting.
My favorite techniques are: The Digirama (the use of an image displayed on a screen, which, by the way-and as a fun fact-, is the technique used in the filming of the series The Mandalorian,) and the mix of diorama and/or practical set-ups with image compositing, both with digitally created effects, as well as practical effects.
Pre-Production: Normally I work an idea in my head for days before putting it into paper. Then, I start looking for everything I need (which sometimes can take days or weeks depending on the route i decided to take). Once I have that, then it’s time to begin with the creation of the things that need to be made in order to make the practical part (the staging) of the whole image for the shooting. Then the real fun begins.
Production: One of the most entertaining parts of the whole process is the making of the set-up and the posing of the figures or the subjects. Given each project is different, this is always a welcomed pleasure, and after setting it all up, comes the part I enjoy the most, the lighting scheme set-up. This is what takes me the longest, but the one thing I enjoy the most. Lighting is my favorite part of the whole process. Then, having that ready, is time for the shooting.
Post-Production: Then comes the post production. I work with Adobe Photoshop. I don’t rush my work; I don’t force it either. I find it that I need to feel it to create it. But I do have a great time with every step of the way.
Hope to give you a better insight to my process through the BTS videos that I will share in this section.