I chose to combine both subjects in this post because they are intertwined, connected per say.
When I started this project my goal was to practice my product photography skills, I only started using Funko Pops! because I had a couple laying around. One of the ground rules for this project was consistency, both in subject matter and style.
That is what this post is about, by unknowingly embracing a subject matter that so many people were already passionate about I have seen growth on Instagram beyond any other project I have attempted in recent years.
Having good photos and a consistent shooting style does not hurt either I think.
I have reached 400+ followers in 40 posts. In around 6 weeks of posting, mostly daily and by finding myself becoming addicted to the hobby of collecting Pops! myself I am already calling this project a success.
I am not closing the doors by any means but looking forward to expanding how I photograph them while trying to stay true to what is already posted. More creativity is going to be required on my part.
So follow me on this journey by subscribing to this blog and following me on Instagram!
There I said it. But I really have to… don’t I? (Take them out of the box that is.)
I started this as a photography project, I chose Funko Pops! as the subject. As I explore different lighting techniques and studio sets I am improving my skillset and creating a porfolio of work. Collecting the little guys/girls/monsters is just a side benefit.
So collectors please understand, I mean them no harm and they really are fun to take out of the box and play with. You should try it sometime.
So one of my goals was to get my collection scanned into the Funko App. There were two reasons, one to keep track of what I had already purchased, two to get an estimated value of the figures.
So I downloaded the app (Android phone so Google Play Store), installed it, logged in with an account I created, took pictures of all the barcode using the “scan” feature in the collections tab.
So I have payed between $2-$3 a piece for almost half of my collection. Searching the bargain and clearance bins at Walmart, GameStop, Fye, Barnes & Noble. Some I have paid between 4$-8$ the most was I think $9.99 for Yon-Rogg.
I have taken advantage of memberships at Fye and GameStop to get discounts.
The app said my collection as a whole, with two major figures not even valued yet, at $505 !! Wow, was not expecting that.
Anyway if you are starting to collect Pops too I highly recommend the app.
I started this project in August of 2021 wanting a way to practice my photography in a world of lockdowns and quarantines.
I had considered myself to be mostly a landscape photographer, while experimenting with some portrait and still life shooting.
I started with a few Funko Pop! figures I had purchased on clearance for around $2.00. This has now grown to over +100 Pops! with a value of over $1,500.00 !!
Starting in 2022 I am expanding my subject matter to beyond Pops!. Things like watches, jewelry, food, flowers and products.
But do not worry one of my other goals is to practice focus stacking and continuous lighting. So that means reshooting my entire collection, that’s right I am going to reshoot each Pop using my new Godox SL60W LED light and focus stack them using the flexible spot focusing on my Sony A7ii and then using the “Focus Merge” feature in Affinity Photo.
I have created another blog to post both my successes and failures with this new 2022 Tabletop Photography Project. I call it “The Tabletop Photographer Guide”