Miniature Figure Photography

Published January 25, 2021, 11:12 PM

by Ronald Jayme

Readers’ Photo Corner

By Raffy Paredes

If not being able to go out on photo shoots due to the pandemic is hindering your growth in photography, you can still be creative at home by designing, composing, and shooting miniature scenes. To get you started, view the Mathieu Stern of Photography Weird Lenses and More on YouTube video on “How to do Miniature Figure Photography (Everything you need to know).” Stern covers the five styles of miniature photography (environmental, recreating outdoor scenes indoor using common household items, neutral background macro shot indoor, minimal macro shots indoor, and complex background scene indoor) and simple matters like keeping your figurines in place and what kind of lenses to use. While you may not have available what Stern uses, still there may be enough things around the house to make your own interesting miniature compositions.

Here are today’s featured readers and their photos.

Urban Angels (Gilbert Obal)

Gilbert Obal shares “Urban Angels,” which he says is an old photo taken in Nagpayong, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig. It was the month of May and the kids were on their way to a religious activity.

Catseye (Jason Pintang)

From Jason Pintang is “Catseye.” He writes that when it was a kitten, they did not know the cat’s gender but his niece started calling it Hector. “Since pinangalan na sya ng pamangkin ko nasanay na kami tawagin sya sa pangalan nya. Nun lumaki na sya biglang lumaki yung tiyan ng alaga naming pusa tapos after nun nanganak sya at dun lang namin nalaman na si Hector ay isang babaeng pusa.”

Mannalon (Joey-Nell T. Marzan)

Joey-Nell T. Marzan sent it “Mannalon” which means farmer in Ilokano. He took the photo in Sitio Kakaldingan, Lungog, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur last September.

Untitled (Mark kelvin Castro)

The untitled photo of shadows comes from Mark kelvin Castro. He writes: “This photo I made in Divisoria Market. I waited until I got the frame I wanted. I made 26 frames in this spot but only one stood up for me. It is definitely worth staying in one spot rather than just walking all the time but can’t make any photos. Patience is the key in street photography.”

Marnellie “Gang” Moreno from San Pablo City Laguna and a HR manager of a BPO company in Ortigas contributed the untitled photo of an unidentified pink flower.

Loreto Light House (Robert Urbuda)

From Robert Urbuda is the photo, “Loreto Light House.” “The lighthouse expresses the totality of nature by uniting the water at its edge, the earth of its foundation, the air it rises into, and the fire blazing at its highest point,” writes Robert. “This is one of the attractions in the Province of Dinagat which is found in Municipality of Loreto, the last municipality in the northern part of the province. This was built many years ago.”

Untitled (Shien Rhoel Moral)

Shien Rhoel Moral shares an untitled black-and-white photo of a security guard looking at snacks to buy while a young girl sleeps on top of crates nearby. He took the photo middle of last year. He comments that at that time “the only curve that has flattened is the smiles in people’s faces.”

Long Ride (Spreawell Palacio)

“Long Ride,” a long-exposure night photo of passing car lights at an intersection is from Spreawell Palacio.

Lakbay Kasama ang Paniniwala at Gabay (John Carlo Bagas Avelida)

John Carlo Bagas Avelida sent in “Lakbay Kasama ang Paniniwala at Gabay” the black-and-white photo of a man pushing a wooden cart adorned with a religious photo.

Lightning (Junie Nuque)

And from architect Junie Nuque of Paco, Manila is “Lightning,” taken above the Ortigas skyline last August 14, 2020.

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