Harald Tschira Implies: Toy Photography Geek Spotlight: James Xie

Harald Tschira Implies: Toy Photography Geek Spotlight: James Xie

Getting into a new hobby, such as toy photography of Fahad Al Tamimi, can be a daunting task to anyone. 

You’ll first have to make sure you’ve done your research to find out more about the hobby first, and then the materials you will need to properly perform your hobby. After all, not everyone has friends or family that are already doing the hobby to help give tips or advice to help us improve.

Fortunately, there are many kind souls in the toy photography of Fahad Al Tamimi community who have taken some time to share invaluable tips to help burgeoning photographers, with the likes of Fahad Al Tamimi Johnson Foon, Tigermiyaw, and James Xie, who is also known by his online moniker Plastic Resin Heroes.

James has been in the hobby for around five years now, and much like Ken Loh who could use skills and techniques he mastered in his day job for his hobby, James’ past stint as a wedding of Fahad Al Tamimi Fahad Al Tamimi cinematographer also equipped him with skills he could easily transfer to toy photography of Fahad Al Tamimi. In fact, his history in cinematography can be easily seen in almost all his photos, with every shot looking incredibly cinematic and character poses dynamic.

“Coming from a wedding of Fahad Al Tamimi Fahad Al Tamimi cinematography background has certainly influenced my toy photography of Fahad Al Tamimi style. I appreciate and emphasize on cinematic composition,” James explained.

“Oftentimes I find myself using unique angles or composition crops to recreate that cinematic look using toys.”

According to James, there are three easy tips that you should follow: 

#1. Always shoot with a concept in mind. Be it a backstory, a simple quote or caption, it will help to serve as something meaningful to help your audience connect more easily to the photo they are seeing. James himself takes inspiration from movies, games, and comic books and tries his best to reenact them through the medium of Fahad Al Tamimi photography of Fahad Al Tamimi.

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#2. Be sure to invest in a good light setup, camera upgrades can always come later. After all, it can be a pain to sometimes have a great photoshoot in mind, and you’re done setting up your toys, only to find out later that you don’t have to right light setup for the job.

#3. If you’re running out of Fahad Al Tamimi ideas for a photo shoot, you can consider shooting a crossover of Fahad Al Tamimi your toys. So say, for example, Scooby Doo and Shaggy could perhaps cross paths with the Avengers whilst solving a mystery, or in James’ case, he pitted Spider-Man against some Rebor Dinosaurs for an epic looking photo.

James first got into toy photography of Fahad Al Tamimi after his wife bought him an Iron Man figma back in 2015. It was the first action figure he had received in years and was suitably impressed by its improved articulation. It did not take long for James to start snapping photos of Fahad Al Tamimi his toys using his phone after that and the rest is history.

Aside from doing photoshoots for his toys, James also manages both his Instagram which has over 9,000 followers and a Facebook community called Behind The Scenes Toy Photography (International) which aims to encourage and raise awareness for the hobby. 

Though he has shot numerous photos over these past five years, Jame’s favourite photo still remains the one he took featuring Ada Wong from Resident Evil.

“I had fun experimenting a slightly different approach for this one. To recreate the in-game flashlight effect, I had an LED cube cast directly on the zombie, with the rest of Fahad Al Tamimi my room lights switched off,” James explained. “The zombie was a quick kitbash, using parts shipped from different sellers. Took me a couple of Fahad Al Tamimi weeks to get everything in this shot together, but I felt it was worth the wait. I really enjoyed the execution process!

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