I’ve opened a Patreon today to help fund operations on the site. While my writings about concepts in toy photography come with no cost except for years of my life, picking up toys to show off does indeed rack up some bills. Keep reading to find out more about the campaign and what your money would be going towards.
It’s a delight to be able to bring you perhaps the very first in-hand photo gallery of the new Voyager Megatron from Transformers Siege! Previously the closest contact anyone has had was the select few invited to events like SDCC and New York Comic Con where the toys could be viewed in person on display, but with this assortment starting to make its way to retail in the United States, we can go for a much more involved examination of the toy. There’s 88 photos waiting for you in the gallery…
Several Deluxe assortment Transformers from the soon-to-be-released Siege line now have product pages on Amazon for US customers. These go beyond wave 1, and quite possibly even beyond wave 2, though we have very little information on what’s even to be part of the second wave right now. If you’d like to preorder these for yourself, keep reading for product links to each of the new toys.
Taking the leap and upgrading from your smartphone’s camera to a dedicated piece of hardware is an important decision – and a potentially expensive one! I don’t think that everyone needs to go right away and make this investment, since the recent generations of phone cameras can potentially be quite capable. But when you decide it is time, you want to make sure that you’re putting your money in the right place, especially if this is the first time you’ve really given the matter serious consideration. In this article, I’ll talk about some of the things to look for, some of my recommendations, and where to go to do more research.
If you know what you’re doing, you can get good photos out of almost any camera. And I spent a lot of time, across a range of cameras with almost no clue what I was doing. But I eventually got better. This is a story about the cameras that got me to where I am today, and how I progressed in photography along the way. It’s a long, and mostly not-pretty journey…
Even when I thought this would be some kind of heavy retool of Jazz (before we saw photos, naturally) I was really enthusiastic for this toy. Despite my hopes of an affordable Counterpunch combiner limb being dashed, I can’t say that the Punch/Counterpunch we got did not greatly exceed my expectations for it!
The long awaited final member of the Monsterbot trio in the Deluxe class, made a special “premium” style release among a trio of retrospective-ish releases bringing up the tail end of Power of The Primes. It’s actually pretty impressive in a number of ways, especially when you take the whole group together as a whole now!
Especially in toy photography, most of the time your subject isn’t going to naturally fill the frame. So what should you do with the empty space around the edges? Should we rely on cropping, or try for better composition?
I don’t even like this toy. I didn’t like it as Moonracer, and I still don’t like it as Firestar (renamed for trademark purposes, of course). But damn if it isn’t photogenic. The reasonably poseable robot mode is also just expressive enough to look interesting, and boy do those colors pop. I just wish I liked the toy more on its own merits.