Toy stories
N-Photo: the Nikon magazine|August 2020
Toy stories
Simon Sweetman uses camera trickery and clever lighting to breathe life into plastic action figures
Simon Sweetman

MISSION: Use locations, props and photography techniques to bring action figures to life

PHOTOGRAPHER: Simon Sweetman

LOCATION: Burnley, Lancashire

KIT USED: Nikon D7100, Nikon D500, Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | C, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

INSTAGRAM: @sjs_toy_photography

I started taking photos seven years ago when I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D3200. The hobby quickly turned into a passion and I joined Burnley Camera Club, where I’m still a member. I soon progressed onto a Nikon D7100 and in the last few weeks have upgraded again to a D500. I photograph all types of genres, but toy photography has become my forte. I initially photographed tiny HO-scale figures (the ones you see on model railways) before moving onto larger six-inch Star Wars and horror-themed action figures. However, a recent favourite is the Mezco Toyz Popeye.

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August 2020