Creative Studio Photography with Scale Models

A course by Felix Hernandez Dreamphography
Photographer, Model Designer and Digital Artist. Cancún, Mexico.
Joined June 2015
, Photographer, Model Designer and Digital Artist

Create realistic scenes with toys and the lightpainting technique

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (396)
  • 4648 students
Creative Studio Photography with Scale Models

Create realistic scenes with toys and the lightpainting technique

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (396)
  • 4648 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 24 Lessons (5h 5m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Félix Hernández -photographer, model designer and digital artist specialized in Toy Photography- will teach you the techniques and secrets to take pictures with scale models (toys) and trick the eye to make them seem part of a real scene.

You will discover the complete work process of Felix; from choosing the model to photograph, how to prepare the scene and design lighting or effects in the studio to digital post-production and color grading in Photoshop.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preproduction
  • U3
    U3. Production
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin to learn more about Felix Hernandez's work, his influences as well as an introduction to the world of toy photography and scale models.

Next you will create a story from an image and define the style, composition and lighting from a sketch.

At this point, Felix will explain some aspects of working with scale models, their advantages and disadvantages as well as some useful poses. You will also discover the materials and equipment necessary to portray a scene and learn to design your own lighting using the "Light Painting" technique using a simple LED flashlight.

Once the scene is defined, Felix will talk about the objectives, diaphragms and optimal focal lengths for the type of lighting that will help you make several shots of your scene.

Finally, you will learn to manipulate the image in digital postproduction by inserting backgrounds, adding extra elements to give it a greater degree of realism and you will make the final grading color of your composition.

What is this course's project?

You will create a realistic image using scale models, products that are mostly found at home, with the aim of tricking the viewer's eye into believing that what you see is a life-size image.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To photographers, designers, retouchers and all those creatives who want to give a creative turn to their profession and create with imagination.

What you need

Basic knowledge of photography and digital postproduction with Photoshop is required.

Regarding materials, you need a professional or semi-professional digital camera that allows you to take pictures with manual mode (bulb) and allows you to take pictures in RAW format, a small LED flashlight, tripod, a scale model (preferably a car scale 1/24 or 1/18) and a computer with Photoshop.


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Felix Hernandez Dreamphography

Photographer, Model Designer and Digital Artist

Felix Hernandez is a photographer, designer and digital artist and lives in Cancun, Mexico.

Produce creative concepts and images for clients of their own creative firm as well as for other advertising agencies and clients around the world.

He also writes custom-made articles for different photographic magazines such as: Retouched Magazine, DOCMA, Digital Camera, Digital SLR Photography, Digital Photo, Good Light Magazine, etc.

His work has also been published on websites such as Fstopers, Petapixel, 500px, DIY Photography, Retouching Academy, Canon, Audi Deutschland, Daily Mail, El País or Bored Panda, among others.

In recent years his work with scale models has become viral. He works both in studio and in outdoor locations and mixes effects made in camera with digital art in order to achieve realistic images and bring his models to scale, to life.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • Toy Photography: a brief introduction - Part I
    • Toy Photography: a brief introduction - Part II
  • U2


    • Creation of the concept
    • Our model
    • Materials and Equipment
    • Material tips
  • U3


    • Lighting: Light painting
    • The scene
    • Shooting test - Part I
    • Shooting test - Part II
    • Final shooting
  • U4


    • Prepared digital file
    • Digital negative
    • Composite - Part I
    • Composite - Part II
    • Composite - Part III
    • Composite - Part IV
    • Composite - Part V
    • Composite - Part VI
    • Color grading - Part I
    • Color grading - Part II
    • Final output
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Creative photography in studio with scale models

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Creative Studio Photography with Scale Models. A Photography, and Video course by Felix Hernandez Dreamphography

Creative Studio Photography with Scale Models

A course by Felix Hernandez Dreamphography
Photographer, Model Designer and Digital Artist. Cancún, Mexico.
Joined June 2015
  • 100% Positive reviews (396)
  • 4648 students