How To Photograph Legos Without A Macro | May Merriment Day 10Posted by Katrina Kennedy on May 10, 2011 in Blog, Macro, Photography | 8 comments
Were you inspired by yesterday’s Lego post? I know I was.
I asked Dan about how often he crops his photos. He said, ”rarely. I don’t like to crop because it affects the quality of the full-size photo, and because it limits how large of a print that can be made. The only cropping I do is if I needed to straighten the photo, and am cutting off the excess, or if the shot I envisioned can only truly be achieved by an accurate crop.
This is the reason to get a macro lens. If you want your LEGO figs to look life-size in your photos, you’ve got to be able to get close without sacrificing half your pixels in a crop.”
That got me thinking. So what do you do if you don’t have a macro lens? Can you still get that life sized look without one? I decided to conduct an experiment. Highly technical here, folks. I wanted to see what several different lenses would give me.
My photos. Uncropped.
Can you tell which is which? I think it is fairly obvious.
My conclusions? A macro lens definitely gives you a better, real life feeling to your Lego’s, but you can get away with a wider angle lens since it lets you get close to your figure. My kit lens wasn’t a bad option. Definitely not Dan Phelps, Lego A Day quality, but good in a pinch.
1. Grab your camera
2. Get your widest lens (the one with the smallest mm number on the side)
3. Get as close as you can while still maintaining focus.
5. Shoot some more!
My other conclusion? Dan is brilliantly creative! I stood with mini-figure in hand for a long time, just wondering. “What would Dan do?” The man has vision!