Avengers – Toys in action!

January 25, 2012

Iron Man

I was approached to shoot some Hasbro Avenger figures for the new movie coming out. It was a challenge to say the least. I know how to light a person, but how does that same light modifier light a 3 3/4″ action figure.

Captain America

Hulk

Thor

I’ve taken toy shots before, but never in a way to try to recreate a mini scene. The first hurdle was the scene. I went out in the yard where my brother’s house was doing construction. We picked up rocks and dirt and put them in a bucket. At this point I wasn’t sure what we could use as a background. I thought of actually going downtown on location in an alley. My brother suggested a LCD screen. I was sceptical at first but gave it a try…it worked perfectly. This way we were also able to swap out digital backgrounds without doing any post work.

As for lighting, I tried several different light setups before landing on the one used. Went thru several different lenses….in the end the 35mm F2 pulled thru again. I wanted wide, but too wide it would overshoot the LCD screen. I also needed to make these 3″ action figures as life like as possible. A lot of time was going into getting the most realistic pose with each character. Iron Man had to be suspended on fishing line. Overall I was pretty happy it turned out. I feel all 4 Avenger Members has their own unique look with pretty much the same lighting setup and props.

Light Setup

1Y0-A04
HP0-J61
M2010-665
000-970
HP0-M57
CISSP
642-426
50-632
270-551
9A0-154
TT0-101
70-158
000-357
000-SS2
920-253
070-506-VB
GB0-180
HP0-921
00M-195
HP0-M14
A2040-915
C-BOWI-30
HP2-K18
HP2-H21
1D0-430
70-346
HP2-B103
MB7-638
HP3-C36
1Z0-853
000-914
HP2-K16
1Z1-540
646-985
1Y0-A24
HP2-B40
000-210
ST0-130
070-545-VB
HP0-S01
HP0-Y49
650-669
ST0-025
HP0-S11
ITIL-F-CHS
MB4-641
920-803
350-024
C2090-419
000-191
642-825
CAT-160
HH0-210
EE0-411
1Z0-521
642-647
CISSP-ISSMP
000-028
000-974
1D0-538
920-232
070-621
70-515
HH0-330
C2180-270
920-252
1Z1-147
C2010-565
C_TSCM52_66
SD0-302
920-533
CX-310-302
650-154
HP0-728
1Z0-889
000-386
000-280
050-649
9A0-150
920-345
TB0-105
000-965
000-086
PW0-070
JK0-U11
HIT-001
P_SD_64
000-705
920-334
310-625
351-018
000-M10
1Z0-532
000-N26
220-802

  • http://twitter.com/El_Gran_Capitan Leroy

    This is awesome!!! and the LCD background is a great idea. I hope you got to keep the toys for your son.

  • http://twitter.com/lupowolf lupowolf

    Brilliant work. The lighting is perfect, and the LCD screen was ingenious. How did that affect your shutter speed to match the refresh rate? Or did it?

  • http://www.bergwerk.ca/ Mwv

    Oh man… You killed this.  Very good.  

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    i thought it would..but it didnt. Probably because it was an LCD.

  • http://www.juusmedia.com/ Jason Stanley

    Nice work! Great idea with the LCD screen for the background.

  • Ainsley Joseph

    Those are awesome…Te LCD screen has the background has saved me a couple times when I did my 365…

  • Ian

    way cool. i’ve worked on this project with a buddy: http://www.kenandkennie.com.

    i definitely default to the 35 and we used a homemade lightbox. it was fun.

  • Annie

    very cool, nicely done! love the trick with the LCD screen in the back

  • Chamsky

    Damn cool. I’m going to have to try something similar. Love it.

  • Juarezpg

    No offense dude, i think your work is great, but no one brings anything to the discussion. Its just the good old ass kissing all day long.

  • http://twitter.com/suzaidee suzaidee

    looks simple but the way you execute it is very interesting. Your idea with the LCD for the background totally cool :)

  • http://www.nitrotek.nl/rc-tanks.html rc tank

    These Hasbro Avenger figures are looking so cool which are given by you. You think right that these 3″ action figures as life like as possible, hope it would be possible. I am looking forward for it.

  • vikas
  • http://www.designbynewton.com/aerial-drone-photography Aerial drone photography

    The photography of avengers is really awesome which one is Thor is fantastic and Thor is my super hero. I like this article very much only for Thor’s .