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Throughout February we’ll be focusing on Toy Photography Tutorials, Tips & Tricks as members of the community and Team Exclu share their ideas and voice their opinions within a variety of areas. The following piece is by photographer Jonathan Brettmann (@action_figures_galore) as he shares his affinity with practical effects :

One of the things I’ve learned from toy photography is that you can never expect to get exactly what you envisioned for any shot. Oftentimes, the end result will be something totally different than what you were imagining, and that’s totally fine–and a good thing! Never paint yourself into a corner; make changes, allow mistakes, and just figure it out as you go along.


Another is use what you’ve got; Whether it be a nice area to shoot, any lights you can find, desktop cleaner, water, baking soda, whatever–be creative! There’s no limit to what you can do with only the materials or areas you can find around the house or in your backyard.

Lastly, don’t be too critical of yourself! Everyone is their own worst critic and there’s no exception here. I nitpick every picture I take, no matter the case. Having said that, put in the effort until you come up with something you can be proud of. Most importantly, have fun. 


A huge thank you to Jonathan Brettmann (@action_figures_galore) for sharing some insight into his use of practical effects along with some tips that will prove very useful for creatives out there in the community. Be sure to head over to his page to find more of his work

For all the latest Tutorials, Tips and Toy Photography Tricks, stay tuned to Exclu.

Last modified: February 6, 2019

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