Dade Freeman
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Disney Star Wars - Part II

As a continuation of my Star Wars toy photography project I bring you...

The return of the Jedi.

As before, I used the same setup to keep thing consistent - 2x 560 IV Yongnuo flashes, a Canon 580 EXII, Magmod Gels and Modifiers and a Godox Softbox. For each character I changed the lighting setup to create the atmosphere I thought appropriate for the scene. This time however, I had a new batch of Disney Infinity Star Wars characters to play, I mean, work with!

For Darth Vader, using a blue gel on the right of camera and a red on the left made him appear slightly more menacing than usual, and due to the darkness of the actual figure it injected a little needed colour. The background for Darth Vader was inspired by lying in bed and watching the sun shine through the shutters. I quickly jumped out of bed, grabbed my camera and a tin of deodorant and sprayed it in to the rays and snapped some shots, it worked perfectly and that was what I used in the final composite.

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia on the other-hand were photographed in real sand and the backgrounds were created in Photoshop.

Star Wars Characters

Star Wars Battles

As before, I also created a couple of setups with the figures battling each other - Obi Wan Kenobi Vs Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker squaring off against Ahsoka Tano. When using a macro lens, even with a large depth of field, very little is actually in focus. So just as before, I used a focus stacking technique - taking six shots at different depths and 'stacking' them together in Photoshop. 

Star Wars Behind The Scenes

Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes shots showing the size and design of the sets, just out of shot is the lighting. Which as mentioned was the Yongnuo flashes, Magmod grid and gels and Godox softboxes. All photographed using the Tamron 90mm Macro lens on the Canon 5DMKII. As you can see, nothing elaborate, no studio and minimal props and gear.

I have really enjoyed photographing this Disney Infinity Collection of Star Wars figures, and I hope you enjoyed seeing these characters 'come to life'. 

Part 1 can be found here - http://www.dadefreeman.com/blog/disney-star-wars

If you would like to see even more like this,  check out the amazing Toy Photography work of Felix Alejandro Hernández Rodríguez  and Eric The Stormtrooper.


Dade Freeman is a Brighton photographer creating portraits and fine art images for commercial and personal use.