So you've been doing this for awhile now and you're images keep getting better. Have you changed much in how you set things up? Has there been a change in camera settings?
Oh, and you may appreciate this.
Granted, it's an animation as opposed to a still photo, but the sets and figures are all hand crafted. I thought it was really cool and something you might be able to relate to.
My approach is constantly changing, I guess. I started out trying to build a lightbox out of white foamboard and some desk lamps and that has evolved into owning several different lighboxes, some homemade and a couple professional. At the moment, however, I'm really enjoying the outdoor shots. I'm sure the Chicago climate has a lot to do with where I shoot and when.
As for the camera settings, I'm on my third camera. My first was a Canon Powershot S30, then I got ahold of a used Fuji FinePix S2 DLSR and started learning about the different lenses and really understanding what the different settings are, and now I have a Canon Rebel XTi DSLR and I love it!
If you are curious about photography, I would recommend the excellent Digital Photography School
blog where every day they post an article that teaches me something new. The articles range from beginner to advanced, so it's always worth digging through to see what you may have missed or not fully understood before. They also have a forum where you can share your photos and get feedback.
That video was way cool! Now you've got me thinking about set building again.
Yo Dave, do you now that site Tomopop
, which focuses on toys?
I've seen it a couple times. There's some great stuff there!