Based on the military recruitment slogan, these guys are literally an army of one.
About this creation
Behind the Scenes Photo Editing:
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this image before I took the pictures so it was just a matter of getting the camera to do what I wanted.
STEP 1: this is the first image I took with no light at all in the room. There was some weak ambient light filtering in from the kitchen lights. I wanted to see how dark I could make the image and still have the gold/blue on the armor still be visible
STEP 2: The second image I took with a Lego flashlight (the little 3" one) as my light source. All my other lights were way to bright and even the lego flashlight wound up giving off to much light. I taped over both lights in the feet and poked a small hole in one foot to minimize the light.
STEP 3: I really wanted the gold on the helmets and the blue triangles to stand out as those are the two features that everyone recognizes on Iron Man. The blue triangle on the three Iron Men to the right were to dark so I cloned the triangles from the iron men on the left to brighten them back up.
STEP 4: A black gradient was applied to the bottom of the image
STEP 5: text was added to the image which is now complete.
Once I figured out how to do my lighting it was pretty easy to pull this one together in post. There was no color corrections done to the image and I did not touch any levels or contrasts of the original photos. Overall it took me twice as long to write all this text than it did to edit the image!