Do you want to improve your everyday photography? One of the best ways I've found is intentional practice. Practicing in different lighting situations, with different angles, and with different settings helps you master your way around your camera. You will also begin to see opportunities for photos that you might not have noticed otherwise.
So what does this have to do with Lego Mini-figures?
One of the biggest frustrations I hear from people trying to improve, is that life moves too quickly to change settings and get it right. Many people (me included) worry about missing the moment as you fumble with your buttons and dials.
That's where Lego Mini-figures step in.
Intentional practice means slowing down, setting things up, and thinking through what you are doing. Most children, pets, and adults aren't willing or able to endure your fumbling around as you build your photographic confidence.
Set a Lego in good light and they'll wait for hours as you do what you need to do. They'll never ask if you are done yet or grimace when you ask them to move just an inch more to get in the good light.
Mini-figures are even better than tomatoes! They don't rot and can be stored indefinitely. Nice.
So where do you begin that intentional practice?
Grab a Mini-figure, your camera, and a favorite lens (or just get your phone). A macro lens is nice to have, but not essential for photographing Lego.
Find A Clean Background
Begin by considering your mini-figure's background. Eliminate any extras. You want the subject of your photo to be obvious. You can do that by finding a solid colored background or blurring the details behind with a wide aperture.
What are you including in the frame to tell the story? Anything you leave should be there for a reason.
Get Close, But Not Too Close
Step closer to create an interesting image, but no the bounds of your lens. If you are too close, your lens won't focus and you won't like the result.
Play With Point of View
Now play. Shoot at eye level. Shoot from behind. Shoot from the side. Play with the angles to see what you create and what is most interesting.
Eventually you may find yourself carrying someone in your pocket everywhere you go. You'll add a little fun to family outings, challenge your creative limits, and cherish a cooperative subject that doesn't talk back!