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We always love to see the ins and outs of the photography process and no two photographers create their content in the same way. Nararyo Danisworo (@caydoncay on Instagram) has taken the time to break down his set-up on an exclusive shot featuring the cast of the Justice League in Lego form.

A Behind The Scenes Look
Narary Danisworo @caydoncay

First of all, I would like to thank you for the opportunity. It is such a great honor for me to be invited by the Exclu Collective. My name is Nararyo Danisworo, and you can call me Doncay. I am 28 years old amateur toy photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I have been in the toy photography since late 2015, started with 1:12 scale figures but lately I interested in Lego. I received a message from @ovic_yulkarnain and @legosbydaurie who invited me to join a toy photography community @BTSTP_ID and @LegographerID. I have learned a lot about the technicality of photography, toys, and many things from them.

I thought it was easy to photograph Lego at first, but it was not! Lego is not like 1:12 scale figures, it is small and it doesn’t work well with articulation but rather with concept. It lets your creativity goes with complete freedom. For my BTS feature, I present an image titled “The Super Seven”, inspired by the upcoming movie Justice League.


Here was my simple set-up. I used LCD Monitor for background, 2 styrofoams in front of mini figures as a reflector, and Canon 600D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens. At this time I did not have any flash or desk lamp, I used my mobile phone screen as the light source. In this picture, I used light painting technique and I would try to explain it as simple as possible.

Light Painting

First step, turn off the light. This was my EXIF data: ISO 200, f/11.0, shutter speed 15 seconds. As you could see, with long exposure 15 seconds I could swing my mobile phone from the left to the right many times until I got the picture that I want. In this picture I imagined Justice League members went into the cave and the light was behind them, so I swung my mobile phone behind mini figures to make it more realistic. But you could see the front was darker than the back, and that was why I used styrofoam as a reflector to brighten up the front.


And here was the original image. Yup, styrofoam worked well and made the front brighter than before. I was quite satisfied with the result, but few edits would make the image more interesting.  I used Photoshop Express application from my mobile phone for editing.

First, Crop + Rotate and adjust the shadows.

Editing 1

Next, adjust Clarity and Sharpen.

Editing 2

Last, adjust Exposure and Tone.

Editing 3



This was the final image result. That’s it, guys!

A huge thank you goes out to Nararyo for taking the time to compile the behind the scenes feature giving us an insight into his creative practise. Be sure to catch more of his work over on Instagram @caydoncay and leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts and and feedback you may have!

Last modified: May 3, 2017

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