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Hidden Gem | Miniature Life Tutorial by Joel Robison

By Jules Ebe on March 31st 2013

Conceptual photographer Joel Robison has been garnering a lot of attention for his quirky “miniature life” photos. In his series, Land of the Littles, Joel explores the small details that make up our everyday life. His unique perspective even landed him a nomination for the [F] Awards in 2012.

“I enjoy creating whimsical worlds where size, scale, movement and function don’t play by the rules that we know.”

Recently, Joel put together a great tutorial on how he places himself in such small shoes with a lot of imagination. Here are a few of his tips:

How to Shoot a Miniature Life Photograph

• Keep the background simple and uncluttered. Too much going on makes matching lighting difficult.

• Use a stand in when shooting your still life image. (I love his Wall-E figurine)

• Shoot another without your ‘stand in’. You will use both in your composite during the editing process.


• Match your angle when you shoot your self-portrait. This is where remembering your ‘stand in’ pose will help a lot.

• When layering your photos together, be sure to soften the edges of your self-portrait. This will help blend the depth of field to match your original still life.

• Don’t forget the shadows and to pay attention to your scale. The effect should be subtle.

Sample Images



For more inspirational images and the full tutorial, please visit Joel Robison’s website.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. CP

    He is genius! I’m big fan of him! Well done Joel!

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