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sapphireandstud
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Hello!

A few months ago I started taking and sharing some photos of LEGO. I'm at the beginning of my journey with this hobby and it's really nice to find a group of people who are interested in the same thing and willing to help each other. It's all good fun!

Any kind of advice and feedback at this point would be great. 

Here is my latest photo!

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Four Bricks Tall
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I have an affinity for dark photos and elves so this totally appeals to me! 

I really like the color scheme here: the greens and browns punctuated with dark red. The use of 3 minifigs in a line leads my eye deeper into the scene. 

I think if there were something I would improve, it would be the posing. The lead elf has his sword drawn but his stance doesn't indicate that there's any danger. His right hand is also kind of strangely positioned.

I might have moved the leaves a little bit more so that they weren't obfuscating and impeding the minifigs too much. Particularly, the first leaf and the sword have similar color. At first glance, I thought the sword was part of the leaf.

But overall, I like this photo! I would love to see more of these guys too!

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sapphireandstud
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Thanks for the response and kind comments!

Totally see what you mean in terms of critique. It’s the only LEGO photo I’ve ever done outside in the wild world so I must admit to getting it set up and moving on pretty quickly and should have spent some more time posing in particular. Any tips on posing figures? Specifically when you’re outside balancing them on logs and rocks and the like? ????

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Four Bricks Tall
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I've been looking for a link to share with you but damn, I cannot find it!

Anyway, I think it was @shelly who uses toothpicks to stand her minifigs up in dirt or other soft surface. She might be able to point you to the post about this acrylic thing with a stud attached to it (Brett's article, was it?)

I learned about using tacky adhesive (like Blu Tack) from another minifig photographer for posing.

It's a chore shooting these guys on anything but a hard surface so I always give props to photographers outdoor in nature!

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sapphireandstud
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Ah thanks for that. I love Shelly’s photos on the website. Need to use some water/boat set up - looks AMAZING!

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Shelly
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Hey guys, I will pop in and let you know what I use to keep minifigs in place:  stud shooters. Works great with sand, moss and dirt. Not so good with rocks and then I get out the tack. I use museum putty because the white is easier for me to get rid of than blu tack. Others use sticky dots which also work well. I use a clear rod when I want to get my figures just a little bit of the ground. Works great with the bee or the fly or my fairy unicorn. I realized recently that figures with wings probably shouldn't be walking 🙂 

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sapphireandstud
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Thank's so much for answering this! Stud Shooters? I'll try that for sure! I actually don't have any clear rods somehow.. More of an excuse to try and get a deal on the latest HP Quidditch Set. Feel like some of the parts will be mega useful!

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Love the lighting in this shot. I don't tend to shoot dark scenes, so i really admire when someone does it well, which you have.

The two things that i think could help this shot are with respects the leaf on the left and the lego leaf at the top.

The leaf on the left in particular kindof drags my eye off the edge of the photo because it's one of the brighter bits in a dark image, and just kinda hangs over the edge. A heavier vignette might help, or just keeping the whole leaf more in frame. Same thing with the red Lego leaf. It's sharp and bright red and running off the edge with the eye. 

My wife gets on me for doing that in my photos all the time. Before a wedding she always warns me to keep it clean. After the wedding she makes me fix all the photos where i forgot to heed her warning.

 

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Marco Zanconi
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Well, what a discovery! Thanks for posting here because now i can follow you, i really like your pictures!

About the pic, i'm in line with what was already wrote, i just want to add that it bothers me a little the reflection on the last minifig, but is nothing to worry too much, i like how it came out.

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