When I saw the portraits of Jim's Star Wars figurines at his house tour, I was inspired by that unique way of displaying a collection. We all have collections we cannot or do not want out on display. Photographing and framing a collection means it can be stored away safe and sound but still be on display.
While Jim's photographer brother shot the portraits of his figurines, this could also be a DIY project.
Start by gathering your collection and thinking about how you want it displayed for the photo. You could shoot separate portraits of each piece and print them as a contact sheet or set up your collection in an interesting display and shoot it as one portrait.
Next, clean up and/or layout your images in PhotoShop. If you don't already have PhotoShop and you're not keen on buying the program, you can use the free version of the software at photoshop.com. Other online photo sharing sites like flickr also have editing software. Even the worst photographer can look like Richard Avedon with a little help from digital technology!
Once you've photographed and edited your collection, you'll want a high quality print. A home printer on special photo paper will give good results. Or, if your printer isn't the best, consider printing your photo through the FedEx Office online print shop. This is a great way to get high quality prints at a relatively low price.
Of course, if this all sounds like more effort than you'd like to expend, advertise for a photography student on craigslist!
(Images: Jason Loper)