For Christmas, Sara got me a few figures that had me really excited. One was a Michael Jackson figure dressed in his "Smooth Criminal" video outfit, and the second was a Freddie Mercury figure, both by Japanese toy makers BanDai & Tamashii Nations, who also made the totally awesome Daft Punk figures I got years ago.
I spent a little time with Michael Jackson at the studio one afternoon. It also gave me a chance to try out a can of Atmosphere Aerosol. I've been using and having terrible luck with Fog Machines for years. I've bought three different brands of fog machine and every time I've tried to follow the directions exactly as listed in the manuals and these machines would always bind or gunk up after my very first use. It got so frustrating when these stupid things wouldn't work any longer.
I was poking around the Interwebz and saw a wedding photographer using this Atmosphere Aerosol for a portrait in a barn. It was small and portable, unlike those big fog machines, and you could use it over and over without it gunking up. Cool.
So I ordered a can from B&H and it arrived and I sat down with Micheal and we started taking some images. For the record, I also had MJ playing on the stereo at the studio. Just 'cuz.
Michael comes with a bunch of extra hands in different poses, a 2nd face with a different expression, and he also comes with a second torso (seen in the photo above) in his "Michael-Jackson-arms-stretched-straight-up" pose. Totally awesome.
Eventually I got him posed in the image above and the lighting looked good and I set the timer on my camera, locked in focus and then sprayed a few sprays of the aerosol as the shutter clicked - and I was totally in love with the result. The aerosol is so awesome and works amazing with small-scale figures; you hardly need any of the spray at all, and it is so much easier to use and store and have on hand. It's a tad expensive for a can, but I think it's worth it in the end for simplicity and it should last me a good amount of time since I've only been using it for toy photography.
Here is a behind-the-scenes shot of the image up above: