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✩ My 10 tips for doll photography ✩

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Love the tips! I use variations of these in what I do and I generally see doll photography as an extension of portrait photography. A lot of the same principles apply!

 

I generally like practicing with fixed focal length lenses if I can, like 35mm or 50mm lenses. It really forces me to move around change angles, and think about a shot before pushing the shutter. I've also been experimenting with other lenses and seeing the effects at various focal lengths.

 

For example, you can use the focal length to vastly change the background of a portrait. Here's an example:

 

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The first picture was shot at 18mm and the second shot at 35mm (both at f/1.8). The subject hasn't changed location between the two pictures but look approximately the same size. The difference is that I backed up a bit when taking the 35mm shot and was much closer on the 18mm shot. By using a wider focal length, I was able to "push" the background further back and make the subject look a lot larger. By going to 35mm, the background appears closer and the subject looks to be more a part of the action.

 

By playing with the perspective, you can change the way objects appear in the world and give different affects. By leaning towards the wide end, you can put stronger emphasis towards lines that head toward the horizon.

 

Using an ultrawide can further enhance this effect, making close-up objects look huge compared to something further away. This was shot using a 13mm focal length:

 

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Focal length experimentation can be loads of fun!

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Very helpful tips! I'm just getting my first DD and this will be great to consider as I take photos of my new girl


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Great guide, being new to photography I've taken quite a few notes for future photo shoots.

 

Every time I come across pictures of your dolls I can't help but stop scrolling for a few minutes and admire how adorable they are. That's not to mention those freckles, they really bring the cuteness to another level.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pictures in the future!

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Love the tips! I use variations of these in what I do and I generally see doll photography as an extension of portrait photography. A lot of the same principles apply!

 

I generally like practicing with fixed focal length lenses if I can, like 35mm or 50mm lenses. It really forces me to move around change angles, and think about a shot before pushing the shutter. I've also been experimenting with other lenses and seeing the effects at various focal lengths.

 

For example, you can use the focal length to vastly change the background of a portrait. Here's an example:

 

26236667726_1428b9855a_z.jpg

 

26170160702_139b8b6c36_z.jpg

 

The first picture was shot at 18mm and the second shot at 35mm (both at f/1.8). The subject hasn't changed location between the two pictures but look approximately the same size. The difference is that I backed up a bit when taking the 35mm shot and was much closer on the 18mm shot. By using a wider focal length, I was able to "push" the background further back and make the subject look a lot larger. By going to 35mm, the background appears closer and the subject looks to be more a part of the action.

 

By playing with the perspective, you can change the way objects appear in the world and give different affects. By leaning towards the wide end, you can put stronger emphasis towards lines that head toward the horizon.

 

Using an ultrawide can further enhance this effect, making close-up objects look huge compared to something further away. This was shot using a 13mm focal length:

 

5995127497_e49aea7a2c_z.jpg

 

Focal length experimentation can be loads of fun!

 

I definitely have to second this. I almost exclusively use prime lenses for my girls, reserving my small handful of zooms for people or places where taking the time to switch primes or move around a lot for framing aren't feasible.


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Orchid

Thanks everyone for your comments!!! ^___^ I've updated the link to the post: now it's in my new website and I've changed some examples and text, I hope now is a bit more useful!

 

Thanks soo much

 

Thank you!! ^_^

 

 

Love the tips! I use variations of these in what I do and I generally see doll photography as an extension of portrait photography. A lot of the same principles apply!

 

I generally like practicing with fixed focal length lenses if I can, like 35mm or 50mm lenses. It really forces me to move around change angles, and think about a shot before pushing the shutter. I've also been experimenting with other lenses and seeing the effects at various focal lengths.

 

For example, you can use the focal length to vastly change the background of a portrait. Here's an example:

 

26236667726_1428b9855a_z.jpg

 

26170160702_139b8b6c36_z.jpg

 

The first picture was shot at 18mm and the second shot at 35mm (both at f/1.8). The subject hasn't changed location between the two pictures but look approximately the same size. The difference is that I backed up a bit when taking the 35mm shot and was much closer on the 18mm shot. By using a wider focal length, I was able to "push" the background further back and make the subject look a lot larger. By going to 35mm, the background appears closer and the subject looks to be more a part of the action.

 

By playing with the perspective, you can change the way objects appear in the world and give different affects. By leaning towards the wide end, you can put stronger emphasis towards lines that head toward the horizon.

 

Using an ultrawide can further enhance this effect, making close-up objects look huge compared to something further away. This was shot using a 13mm focal length:

 

5995127497_e49aea7a2c_z.jpg

 

Focal length experimentation can be loads of fun!

 

Very interesting!!! I love my 50mm fixed focal length lens, I can't live without it! lol

Yeah, playing with the focal length is so funny, although lately I've been only using 50mm to 70mm because the perspective aberration is minimal and close to fashion photography style ^_^

 

Thanks for sharing your tips and experiences!

 

 

Very helpful tips! I'm just getting my first DD and this will be great to consider as I take photos of my new girl

 

Thank you so much! I hope you have fun with it ^_^

 

 

Great guide, being new to photography I've taken quite a few notes for future photo shoots.

 

Every time I come across pictures of your dolls I can't help but stop scrolling for a few minutes and admire how adorable they are. That's not to mention those freckles, they really bring the cuteness to another level.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pictures in the future!

 

Awww I'm so glad to read your comment! ♡ Thank you so much!

 

 

This was very helpful, thank you ^^

 

I'm happy to know that!

 

 

Love the tips! I use variations of these in what I do and I generally see doll photography as an extension of portrait photography. A lot of the same principles apply!

 

I generally like practicing with fixed focal length lenses if I can, like 35mm or 50mm lenses. It really forces me to move around change angles, and think about a shot before pushing the shutter. I've also been experimenting with other lenses and seeing the effects at various focal lengths.

 

For example, you can use the focal length to vastly change the background of a portrait. Here's an example:

 

26236667726_1428b9855a_z.jpg

 

26170160702_139b8b6c36_z.jpg

 

The first picture was shot at 18mm and the second shot at 35mm (both at f/1.8). The subject hasn't changed location between the two pictures but look approximately the same size. The difference is that I backed up a bit when taking the 35mm shot and was much closer on the 18mm shot. By using a wider focal length, I was able to "push" the background further back and make the subject look a lot larger. By going to 35mm, the background appears closer and the subject looks to be more a part of the action.

 

By playing with the perspective, you can change the way objects appear in the world and give different affects. By leaning towards the wide end, you can put stronger emphasis towards lines that head toward the horizon.

 

Using an ultrawide can further enhance this effect, making close-up objects look huge compared to something further away. This was shot using a 13mm focal length:

 

5995127497_e49aea7a2c_z.jpg

 

Focal length experimentation can be loads of fun!

 

I definitely have to second this. I almost exclusively use prime lenses for my girls, reserving my small handful of zooms for people or places where taking the time to switch primes or move around a lot for framing aren't feasible.

 

Totally agree! ^_^

 

 

This is super useful! Thank you so much (*'▽'*)

 

Awww thank you! You're welcome! ~

 

 

These were super helpful tips! I'm definitely going to use these next time I take photos.

 

Thanks!! I'm so glad it was helpful!! ^____^ ♡


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Elys

Thank you for these tips!

Especially point 10 about the joints has led me to think about the shots I take a bit more, trying to make it more natural and neat-looking. I aso sometime try to cover up joints now as a part of the outfit (stockings, bracelets, gloves etc) to make the body/pose look more seamless.


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Orchid
Thank you for these tips!

Especially point 10 about the joints has led me to think about the shots I take a bit more, trying to make it more natural and neat-looking. I aso sometime try to cover up joints now as a part of the outfit (stockings, bracelets, gloves etc) to make the body/pose look more seamless.

 

You're welcome! ^___^

Aye! That's a very subjective point to me, because I like to see the joints sometimes in my photos, but it's also funny to try to hide them!


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werewolfisms

Thank you so much for these great tips! Your piece was super well written and easy to understand :-) and your photography is always so great, every time i see your photos they make me smile! 


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Deyja

Thank you so much for this. I alternate between using an old (10+ year) 8MP digital camera and my phone on my camera. I don't have photoshop and try to take pictures as clean as I can, because I don't want to add a bunch of filters to make them appear better. There is so much vocabulary to learn and techniques, but I find just forcing myself to get up and take pictures lets know what works and what doesn't. I bookmarked your tutorial. I always wondered what the term was for the fuzzy backgrounds I saw (bokeh). Now, to try to implement them!

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