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Star Wars Lego 75045 Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon

The trilogy and journey of my Star Wars Lego continues with the recent addition of the Star Wars Lego 75045 Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon. I had already started planning and ordered my next few Star Wars Lego purchases for my own Star Wars Lego collection and photography scenes shoot. I discovered the Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon when it was on sale at Raffles City by Robinsons. Shopping Centre and upon spotting a good discounted price, I bought it!

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Different photographers such as Vesa Lehtimaki, jooka5000, Jerac, Dave Hudecity and Ric Tse Legography inspired me in combining Lego and photography.  There are also many other Lego fans on The Brothers Brick and MOCpages. I decided to take a few steps further into my Star Wars Lego photography with the following new and additional measures –

–       Taking photographs of the step by step construction of my Star Wars Lego 75045 Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon

–       Strobist lighting with my Canon speedlite 580ex2 with PocketWizard MiniTT1 transmitter and FlexTT5 radio trans-receiver with softbox umbrella reflector and light stand

–       A make shift backdrop using a blue fabric cloth

The above measures gave me a good on the job photography learning experience, putting my strobist lighting knowledge to practical application, doing photography product shoot using Star Wars Lego toys.

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The experiences and fun of building Star Wars Lego were much better and enriching, allowing me to appreciate the step-by-step construction process. I am looking forward to enhance and fine-tune my workflow when future Star Wars Lego toys arrive!

What are my plans ahead for my Star Wars Lego collection and photography shoot? First and foremost, I am planning to bring out my Star Wars Lego toys for an outdoor scene shoot, using Old Playgrounds in Singapore as my photography shoot scene with the Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon, Utapau Troopers and AAT microfighter. Stay tuned and I hope to share my stories, setup and Star Wars Lego photography scenes soon!

May The Force Be With You!


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My Basic Lighting Photography Setup

The art and world of photography is diverse and exciting with many different photography fields that a photographer will choose to embark on, to learn another skill segment or able to be specialised in that particular field of photography. In my long years of photography shooting, adventure and learning, this particular field of photography, is an area that I wanted to start learning a few years ago from my mentor, yet due to un-forseen circumstances during that point in time, I wasn’t able to learn the art of lighting photography from my mentor. This was thus delayed until I made plans to begin my basic lighting photography setup, after reading and researching on basic lighting, advanced lighting, indoor, outdoor, shooting with strobes, shooting with speed-lights to looking at 3-4 advanced lighting setup by professional photographers that I found in Profoto lighting books such as The Profoto Advantage: For Wedding and Portrait Photographers.

I started saving money, while reading and researching, on how to go about doing it, with tips from a fellow photographer Weili, a knowledgable, highly experienced and expert lighting photographer, who gave me a lot of help and advice on how to plan my basic lighting photography setup. I also received a lot of help and advice from the friendly folks at The Camera Workshop, Daniel and Uncle Nelson, who helped me in getting the whole setup done and giving me advice along the way. As I plan to learn and try out basic lighting photography, learning from my mistakes and accumulating my experiences, I hope to move upwards into advanced lighting photography, with 2-3 speedlights or strobes. This journey is probably going to take 1-2 years depending on how fast and the number of portrait shoots that I am able to do.

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Therefore, what are the items inside my Basic Lighting Photography Setup ?

– 1 x Light Stand
– 1 x Umbrella Swivel Adaptor
– 1 x  2-in-1 Black Reflective + White Umbrella
– 1 x Luxi Incidental Light Meter (via Kickstarter)
– 1 x Canon 580EX2
– 1 x Trans-receiver FlexTT5 & 1 x Transmitter MiniTT1 by Pocket Wizard (Second Hand)
I was fortunate to find good quality second hand Pocket Wizard Trans-receiver FlexTT5 and Transmitter MiniTT1 at half their prices, the Luxi Incidental Light Meter was funded via Kickstarter, my Canon 580EX2 was bought sometime back and finally, my light stand, umbrella swivel adaptor and 2-in-1 Black Reflective + White Umbrella were new. My basic lighting photography setup took me a while because I haven’t decided on the transmitter and trans-receiver brand and model, however, it took off when my Luxi arrived and I found Pocket Wizard at second hand prices!
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My Basic Lighting Photography learning journey had just begun, there is always something new and fun to learn in photography. I am planning to share my photographs and my experiences with my Basic Lighting Photography setup, hoping to encourage fellow photographers to go explore and learn new photography fields too!
Here are some of the links and videos that I used in my learning of basic lighting photography –
Adorama  TV – Small Studio Flash Tips