it comes to “selling on an online marketplace”(showing off your
MOC), having high quality photos of the product can mean the
difference between making and breaking a “sale”(impression).
Here are some simple tips that anyone can take advantage of
while taking pictures of their MOC.
Create a seamless
and empty background.
is more distracting in MOC photography than unnecessary things
in the background. In order to make your MOC appear alone on a
single background, we can create an infinity sweep. An infinity
sweep uses a curved surface to give the illusion that the
surface extends forever.
Large piece of paper (ie. poster board), tape
main objective is to tape a large piece of paper against a
vertical surface and let it gently curve and fall onto a
horizontal surface. In many cases, a wall and table will get the
An example setup.
you don’t have an appropriate wall or would like to relocate to
a better lit location, it is entirely possible to make a frame
yourself. All the frame has to do is act as the vertical surface
for the paper to attach to. For some inspiration, here are some
excellent guides to take a look at:
A Portable and Inexpensive
Seamless Background System
Stabilize your camera.
of the most helpful things to produce a sharp and beautiful
picture of your MOC is to stabilize your camera while shooting.
Any kind of movement while the camera is in the process of
taking a picture will cause the image to look blurry. This
applies to any camera, even the ones found on
a tripod is the most recommended solution, anything that can
reduce the amount of movement can be helpful. Rest your camera
on a pile of books, another table, or even a structure made of
LEGO® bricks. Be creative and utilize whatever you may have
lying around to help hold your camera steady. The trick is to
remove as much dependency on your hands and arms to keep the
camera in place.
Make use of free photo editing
times a simple touch up can really enhance your photo. Photo
editing software like Photoshop are great but there are also
many free tools available for you to try out right now in your
parameters to look out for:
Control how much light is in the picture
Control how bright the light is in the picture
Control how bright the highlights are in the picture
how dark the shadows are in the picture
your photo seems to be off in color, try adjusting the
you are satisfied. You
start over so don’t be afraid to experiment and see what is
Stages to Better Photos of LEGO Creations”
comprehensive guide by NXT Programs covering all the aspects of
taking LEGO® photography. This guide is broken down into three
stages depending on the effort and equipment
a Homemade Light Box
guide by Darren Rowse for people looking for the best indoor
light setup with a tight budget. With just a few free or
inexpensive items, you can give your MOCs the lighting that they
people looking to better understand the camera manual mode and
how to take advantage of it. This guide by Improve Photography
goes through the basic principles behind photography and then
proceeds to teach readers how to master their camera
for his LEGO® photography, Mike Stimpson shares his setups for
his various shots. A great source of inspiration for ways to
creatively take pictures of your MOCs.