Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Projects - I‘m in the newspaper, Part 3



Finally after the first two texts in local newspapers, there is another one featuring my LEGO-Hobby in a slightly bigger newspaper, the NZZ (Neue ZΓΌrcher Zeitung). And this article is really cool and I like it a lot and it even includes a great video about me and my LEGO! Was great fun! πŸ™‚

The article was printed and available online, you can find the article right here: Article in NZZ

Unfortunately everything is again in german (since I‘m still living in the german-speaking part of switzerland πŸ˜‰) but anyway, I hope you have some fun while reading and looking at the picture and of course at the video... πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Let me know what you think in the comments below... πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Projects - A Six Image Narrative

I was always looking at the awesome „A Six Image Narrative“ posts on the Toyphotographers blog. And I wanted to do such a series as well. So when I came up with a small idea I asked Shelly if she would use it on the blog. Luckily she did. πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ» So here are my Six Images, please enjoy and feel free to comment down below. πŸ˜‰


Fear of things that „bump“ in the night - A Six Image Narrative by Sacha Wittwer










Thursday, 5 July 2018

Projects - I‘m in the newspaper, Part 2




Only e few days after the first text in a local newspaper, there is another one featuring my LEGO-Hobby. And this article is really cool and I like it a lot! Was great fun! πŸ™‚

The article was only printed and available as an e-Paper... you can find the article right here: Article from BaZ

Unfortunately everything is again in german (since I‘m still living in the german-speaking part of switzerland πŸ˜‰) but anyway, I hope you have some fun while reading and looking at the picture... πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Let me know what you think in the comments below... πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Projects - I‘m in the newspaper, Part 1




Some days ago I got an email from a reporter, working at a local newspaper who asked me, if he could interview me about my LEGO-Hobby. I was really happy to get such a fun chance and so I said yes.

The article was printed and put online last weekend and here it is: Article from bz Basel

Unfortunately everything is in german (since I‘m living in the german-speaking part of switzerland) but anyway, I hope you have some fun while reading and looking at the (strange) pictures... πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Let me know what you think in the comments below... πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»

Sunday, 10 December 2017

BTS - Meditation with Master Wu

This is just a very short BTS about my latest shot on Instagram called „Meditation“. I tried this for the first time and thought I wanted to share this with you guys! πŸ˜ƒ This is the finished shot:

And the background and everything is so easy done, I had to show it to you... πŸ˜‰

And that is how it is done... some bricks, plates, tiles, a minifigure and your computer thats about it. πŸ™‚ Simple but (at least I think) a great outcome which I will use more often from now on! What do you think? Do you have questions? Tell me about your questions, opinions and your experiences in the comments down below! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸ»

Sacha

Saturday, 12 August 2017

BTS - The Great Dictator

For all of you interested in some behind the scenes shots on my most recent post about Charlie Chaplins „The Great Dictator“.

I love that Charlie Chaplin Figure and thought about doing some kind of MOC around it instead of just shoot it on a white background. πŸ™‚

This is how the original photos looked like on Instagram:
The Great Dictator
And here are some close-ups and shots from different angles to let you see a bit more details... πŸ™‚





I hope you like that little BTS and also my shot of course... πŸ˜‰ If you have some additional questions feel free to comment down below.

Sacha

Friday, 17 March 2017

How To - Cleaning your LEGO bricks

 
I recently bought an older LEGO Star Wars set. It was the echo base with the set number Lego Star Wars 7749 - Echo Base. πŸ˜ƒ I paid $ 20.- and it said it would be in good condition (since it was on display and not played with). It arrived very well packed complete with instructions and all the parts without the box.
 
When I opened the package and looked at the pieces, you could clearly see that there were some scratches, smudges and dirt in general... Kind of like my LEGO looked when I got them from the attic of my parents after 15 years... πŸ˜‰ So I decided to clean everything to make them look great again. πŸ‘πŸ»

What do you need for that cleaning process:
  • dish washer or washing machine
  • washing bag
  • dirty LEGO pieces
  • a dry towel
 
Place all the seperated pieces in the washing bag and put it into your washing machine or as I do it into the dish washer. I use only a short program of 30 min. at around 50 degrees celsius... I also heard of parents washing the pieces at 95 degrees celsius for their children in the washing machine... I guess that is totally up to you. πŸ˜ƒ I also use just a small spoon of cleanser just to give them a slight cleaning.
 
After the dish washer has finished I take the whole bag out and place the pieces on a dry towel to let them dry some hours. I'm just too lazy to dry everything by hand... πŸ˜‰ But I haven't had any problems with water spots after that.

That's about it. That is how I clean my used LEGO. Do you have another way? Or do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments! πŸ˜ƒ

Sacha


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Gear - Foldio 2 Lightbox

I started looking at the FOLDIO 2 by Orangemonkie a bit over a year ago. But since it wasn't a cheap thing I never got one.

Until now... πŸ˜ƒ

I ordered it with a special price at one of our local electronic stores and received it only one day later. Maybe you have no clue about it, maybe you also think about buying. Whatever it is, here is my review for you guys. πŸ˜‰ 
 
First of all, look at that amazing package! πŸ˜ƒ It looks like it comes from Apple! πŸ˜‰
 
The inside is very well packed and the box itself is already in it's fabric cover to protect it. On the right side you'll find all the adapters and cables you need to use your lightbox.
 
When the box is folded it is very thin and can be carried very easy with the handle on top of it. Unfortunately the cover can't be used with the handle... πŸ˜•
 
The following things are included in the package:
  • the lightbox
  • four backgrounds (white, grey, green, black)
  • two LED-lights, dimmable
  • the power-cable
  • four different adapters (from the USA, the UK to europe and Asia everyone should be covered)
  • a fabric bag for all the cables
  • a short manual
Everything seems to be very well packed and feels very sophisticated.
 
And that is how the whole box looks assembled. πŸ‘πŸ» It is really easy to put up, since you just have to connect the magnets and you can't do it wrong. In this shot, the box misses the lights and the backdrop. Also, the box feels quite sturdy which makes it great to take it with you.
 
These are the four backdrops. Black seems to be the most advanced fabric which absorbs the light very good and it is hard to put wrinkles into it. Green and grey are a bit thinner and more like paper so be careful and the white one is just a plain white (maybe thick) piece of paper which gets wrinkled very easy! πŸ˜³πŸ™‚ They come in a transparent plastic bag and I guess I'll use it in the future also to store them.
 
So this is the finished box with lights and the white backdrop. As you can see, there is plenty of space to put your figures, sets or mocs into it and shoot them without having to worry about lighting or the background. πŸ˜ƒ
 
Now I did shoot some pictures just to show you how it looks like! πŸ˜ƒ This is the white backdrop. Works very good and the lights are awesome. I'm glad that I can dimm them, because otherwise it could be too bright sometimes.
 
This is the grey backdrop. Not too much of a difference it rather looks like the white one only more dirty so... πŸ˜‰
 
The green one is very useful for everyone that wants to work with the shot in Photoshop later. It is the classic green screen like in the movies. And also the free App (only for iPhones) is using that to make some fun pictures (read more down below). πŸ“Έ
The black and the white background are my favourite. I really like the way these dark shots look like. Maybe they are just a slight touch too bright but you can easily dimm the lights even more or just make some edits afterwards. πŸ˜ƒ
 
And as I said, there is an App in the AppStore to take pictures. Now you can use the App to adjust the temperature and the brightness of your picture which works very good for the people that ise their iPhone-Cam. But the highlight of the App is the special "filter" which recognises green, blue and red and turns these parts into another picture. So I took the snowtrooper onto the green backdrop and aimed at him with my iPhone, since the backdrop was all green the App changed the background from plain green to this snowy scenery automatically. It looks ok but you can see the problem. The green reflections... so maybe I need to work on it a bit more or yeah... maybe I just forget about the App to be honest... πŸ˜‰

So for me the FOLDIO 2 is a great lightbox to use and I wouldn't give it back. It is easy to build up, easy to store, great to shoot everywhere and all in all a must-have for many toy photographers. πŸ˜ƒ (By the way: I wasn't payed to say that!)

If you need more information, check out it out here: FOLDIO 2 And as always, leave a comment if you have some ideas, tipps or if you think something is wrong. πŸ˜ƒ

Sacha