I am a little frustrated right now!! I was working on today’s doll play activity and my camera stopped working – as in the card won’t click into place. Anyhow, I had to put that activity on hold and luckily our friends at the Spicy’s doll blog had just sent me a great guest post on doll photography tips, so your task today is to practice taking photos of your dolls in different scenes, locations and from different angles. If you get any really great photos, email them to me to be included in this post or as part of the Sunday Showcase.
Now over to the Spicy’s!
It may be a little intimidating to take your dolls outside to photograph – I’ll admit, when I first started, I was as scared as a rabbit of people actually seeing me taking photos. If you are anything like me, this post is for you! You can use these tips to help your indoor photography. I love indoor photography, mainly because it requires a little less bravery!
USE NATURAL LIGHTING! Okay, this one is a biggie. When shooting, I always use natural lighting. I set up shop, so to speak, by a window and always make crazy messes while doing so. Don’t be afraid to move some stuff around to get the perfect shot. Holly and I just recently photographed some crafts for our blog, The Spicys, and were standing on chairs, with our crafts on a high bookcase. Use whatever space has the best lighting. It may look or feel silly, but later you will be grateful you did!
Oh, and you might need to ask a parent before you go moving stuff around. My mom is used to my crafting compulsions and is usually cool with it. Thanks, Mom! But, if given the green light, make sure you are super careful and put everything back exactly where it is supposed to be.
However, there are some instances when natural lighting just is not enough (like for instance, at night!) It’s important to use your flash to your advantage, that way your photos can be as good as possible.
In the first photo, Chrissa is very near the wall. See the shadow behind her? That may look cool in some instances, but I prefer NOT to have the shadow in my photos. Moving your doll a few feet away from the background surface should fix this problem. See how much nicer the photo on the right is? Also, come down to the doll’s level, like I did in the photo on the right. It will make her face brighter!
The biggest trick to indoor photography is to keep trying. You’ll never improve if you don’t try. Good luck everyone!
Now, let’s see what you have got!!