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Title: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: TC on February 05, 2011, 01:16:56 PM
Coral asked if I would start a TC's photo tips thread, and as I mentioned in the reply post it would be insanely short if it were only my tips!  :laugh:
I saw the studio lighting sticky thread (great info!) and thought of adding to that, but there are a few tips that really don't fall under that category.
I am sure that there are tips here and there throughout ODC, but I was not able to find a thread consolidating them. 
If there is one, we can most certainly add this post to that thread and just keep it going, but just in case there isn't I am starting this thread and HOPING
that anyone who would like to share their tips and tricks and ideas would post here making this a valuable source of doll photography info.

I know that I for one would be very glad to read other members' tips and tricks as much as I am glad to share with those that are interested!



The first thing I want to address is Coral's question as to why some of Sophie's pictures look 'soft'.
There are 2 things that I do that might contribute to that effect.

The first is the camera flash- I use a piece of tissue twist tied over it to tone it down or diffuse it.
You can cover it completely varying the thickness of the tissue to change the amount of light coming through
or have it partially covering the flash to 'direct' the light to the side or top to get great effects.
How close you are to the doll makes a big difference when doing that so using a zoom lens helps you get
the right distance away to get the light how you want and still be able to get the part of the doll in the picture that you want.

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/043a.jpg)
(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/042a.jpg)

I really like having the light shoot out the top like in the second example and having it bounce off a
mirror and then back on Sophie- it creates wonderful shadows- and I do like shadows!




The other thing I do is use the 'noise' edit function in my software to reduce the graininess of a picture-
if I think it looks grainy because the light was too low and/or the ISO was too fast. This seems to 'soften' the pictures a little.
Using the exposure and color adjustment edit functions probably do not add to the softness look, but it does help a less than perfect shot look almost perfect!

I hope this info helps a little  :)

Please feel free to add to these ideas or expand on them- this is NOT just my thread!

TC
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: WinstonSmith on February 05, 2011, 02:55:13 PM
My best tip would be indirect light. Bounce your light off of a white posterboard onto your subject, if possible. Direct light is usually not very flattering.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: coralsheep91 on February 05, 2011, 07:49:39 PM
Thanks guys!

I have no Idea what I am doing......

I just set my camera on auto, point and shoot.

The camera was a very nice camera in it's day and can be set just like an old 35mm.

I just have not had time to learn how to use it.

After seeing the pictures here I want to learn.

These are great tips that I would have never thought of.

I will try them both.

Please keep them coming!!!

I am all ears eyes.

Coral
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Camp on February 05, 2011, 07:54:59 PM
Making this a sticky !
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: JerksOfAmerica on February 06, 2011, 01:18:55 AM
I like to set my lighting up and shoot on the manual setting. I have all kinds of photography equipment but mostly use 2 soft lights that are consistently on, what I see thru the view finder is what I get a picture of, lighting and all. That way it's lit for video or photos.

most importantly is composition of your subject. boring composition = boring picture.

I'd say, out of 200 pictures taken in one photo shoot, I only post 5 to 10 of the over all very best.
Take multiple pictures of the same shot or pose. so that when you are viewing them on your computer you can pick the one that looks best. Then only post that one. If not, your photos become repetitive and no one wants to look at them all.

you don't need a super nice camera to take super nice pictures, you just gotta know how to use the equipment that you have correctly. take the time to figure it out, it's worth it.

If you lack creative ideas, look at magazines or ads for ideas and recreate them to the best of your ability.

these are just a few tips and tricks that I thought of real quick. Hopefully they help ya out with your next photo shoot.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: mytime on February 06, 2011, 06:16:48 AM
Hi All,
I want to express some thoughts and basic guidelines about camera's and using them here I hope people benefit from this.
I try to keep it short and simple, but some things need some explaination though its did still become a lengthy post.

Small camera's like pocket camera's and even cellphones or disposal camera's can do good photo's when used right, though I personally would prefer the DSLR over the pocket camera and the pocket camera over the cell phone and the disposal camera.
However the bigger the image sensor the better the quality photo the camera can make will be, there will be less noise, so a APS-C size sensor camera does a better job than a pocket camera and a full frame camera with a 35 mm sensor does a better job than an APS-C size sensor camera regarding photo quality. This is one of the reasons why some people decide to buy more expensive gear.
Keep in mind that this is just about "quality" and "less noise" and "just a little more sharp" even a quality photo can be dull if the doll is not posed creatively so people with a pocket camera can come with photo's that are more amazing than people who come with an expensive full frame DSLR and do not pose and light the doll nice.
The number of pixels is not the most important thing on a digital camera, the quality of the pixels is more important and this is where sensor size often comes in.
Though on the other hand a bigger sensor makes a camera bigger, and this comes with disadvantages too (does not fit any longer in your pocket, not needed for doll photograpy but for normal photograpy the best camera is the one you have always with you so you don't miss just that nice chance to make that outstanding photo.).

As with each job the better the tool the neater the job is done, but the tool does not make you a better photographer, its like buying a welder, you need to learn to weld. Though on the other hand there is a difference you need to be creative as well. So about 80% is photographer, and 20% is camera, though if you go into photograpy you will find that the more expensive gear is more convenient to use, and uses more buttons and dials for setting the camera instead of running through menus. This does not mean that very good photo's with cheap camera's are not possible, it takes only some more effort.

About pocket camera's buying and using them:

When going shopping for pocket camera's, Canon has a lot good ones of them, I think you simply can not go wrong with a Canon pocket camera though there are a lot other nice ones. Canon pocket camera's use often the same processor (not to be confused with the image sensor) as their bigger DSLR brothers, I mean, they use e.g. the DIGIC III processor which is used also in a lot Canon DSLR's.
Ken Rockwell (a photographer, camera reviewer) recommends the following models from Canon S95 IS 380 US$ till Posershot A480 US$70 refurbished,http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm (http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm), even the 70 US$ powershot A480 does a good job I owned one.

The use of a tripod will pay off certainly when using small camera's like pocket camera's, I think here comes the first advance of the pocket camera over the cell phone, the pocket camera has always a hole in the bottom in which the bolt of the tripod fits, thus easyer to use.
When wanting the best results, use the count down timer on the pocket camera to take the photo while using the tripod, the system will be free of vibrations movements.

Setting things like white balance right will help a lot, experiment with white balance.
Put it on thungsten when the light used is thungsten.
Put it on fluorecent when the light is fluorecent.
Put it on daylight when the light is daylight (though some camera's have different settings for sun or a cloudy day).

Once the right setting is found keep it the whole photoshoot (this can be difficult with day light cause this can change from sun to cloudy during the shoot).
As far I know most pocket camera's except some Canon model's like the G12 and the S95 can not shoot in the "RAW" image format, thus they do not enable  you to change settings like this with ease in a computer program like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, so setting it right is a good idea.

Try to focus on the doll's eyes, these should be as sharp as possible on the photo.

Although this is not so important for doll photography I do mention that this type of camera, together with a cleaning cloth and an extra battery, opposed to DSLR's  does fit with ease in your pocket, which makes it a fun to take with you and travel with, and can be as far I experience, be big fun to use due to this.

About system camera's:
Although I have no experience with them, I beleive the things I mentioned at the pocket camera for light balance and using a stand do hold for this camera's too.
System camera's are between DSLR's and pocket camera's. It looks to me to be a new idea of camera to enable more people to take advantage of an APS-C size sensor to get DSLR quality photo's. The system camera is small like the pocket camera but it can use several lenses that are simular to the DSLR lenses.
Though system camera's use their own set of lenses, for using DSLR lenses (I mean putting Canon or Nikon lenses on it) they need often an adapter for it or it is not possible. System camera's don't use the mirror that the DSLR camera's use. Due to this they got their small size and due to this can not be used for photographing fast moving things (sports) while DSLR's can. Well our dolls are up to today not fast moving things so I think they will suit this job, though I think its good to mention that.
This leaves you when you buy a system camera with a camera with less possibility's than a DSLR, though I think that it can be a good buy for people who want a camera that is as easy to use as a pocket camera and also is almost as small as a pocket camera but want to have the benefit in quality due a Four thirds DSLR or APS-C DSLR size image sensor and a camera which is very easy to use.
I have no experience with them though I wanted to mention them due one who would like to have a DSLR and the advantages of the bigger image sensor that camera has compared to the pocket camera, but does want one that does not need a learning curve and wants to spend 800 US$ or so on it could have a nice camera with this ones. I think that most system camera's if not all except the Leica, have been invented to be entry level camera's with entry level costs, however I think due the high numbers of DSLR's put out by Canon, Nikon and Sony, entry level DSLR's and their lenses are often more affordable than this camera's / lenses.

Examples of them are:

Sony NEX-3 and Sony NEX-5 (do adapt all Sony alpha lenses and a lot Konica Minolta lenses with a special adapter).
Olympus PEN (very beautifull retro design camera, although the Nex-5 offers little better photo's due it uses an APS-C size sensor and this one uses the Four thirds sensor.).
Leica M9 (full frame camera which originates from the famous 1930's Leica range finders, costs as much or more than a silicone high end doll nice for the happy few one can get plenty of beautifull lenses for them. Mentioned to put complete information, but only very few will buy this for photographing dolly's due the high price.).

Personally I think people who would like to photograph with a DSLR but would like to have it in a package that is easyer to use and smaller (often only little bigger than a pocket camera although this does not hold when using tele lenses) and want to spend some more money on it than on an entry DSLR could benefit from the system camera's.
Another advantage over the pocket camera could be that it may be possible to get a light sensitive portrait lens (which is in the case of the Nex-5 a 50 mm lens and in the case of the pen a 40 mm lens (though a 50 mm could do) for this camera I do not know this cause I do not own them. If possible it would increase the use of this camera for doll photography quite over the pocket camera cause it enables you to photograph with less light. For this camera all things about light balance and tripods I mentioned in the pocket camera paragraph hold.

About DSLR's
For DSLR's the things I mentioned at the pocket camera for light balance and using a stand do hold too.
DSLR's have the disadvantage to cellphones, pocket camera's, and system camera's that they are bigger and do not fit in a pocket and thus that you need always to take at least a handbag size bag with you with the camera, and some lenses inside. DSLR's can photograph in the "RAW" image format, thus you can change a lot settings in a computer program like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.
DSLR's come today with 3 sensor formats, four thirds (multiply by 2 a 50 mm lens becomes 100 mm), APSC (multiply by 1.6 for Canon and other brands and by 1.5 for Nikon DX), Full frame (expensive but do not multiply focal length, sensor is as big as 35 mm film) and beside that some very expensive camera's that probably none of us maybe except Stacy... will buy which have even bigger image sensors (Hasselblad 60 X 60 mm).

I would not recommend them to every one, like the pocket camera's, or maybe the system camera, only to people who like to do more with photography and would like to experiment more with photography.
Though they are today easy to use, put it on the setting called  "auto" and it photographs, the camera does all settings. But this camera is IMO not really intended to be used this way, its bit more for people who like to read the manual to find out how to get the max benefit of all its functionality.
Though people who want a camera only to take with ease some photo's may have more benefit from the pocket camera's or the system camera's.
On the other hand when going DSLR I think you will like the nice big view finder over the lcd display on the back of the camera, for focussing and photographing dolly right.
Regarding the image sensor, certainly for starting, APSC which is DX for nikon, will do, I would not pay the high price for full frame for my first DSLR.

Advantages are that you can set everything as you want it in this type of camera which makes it a very nice camera for people who want that and who want to learn more about photography.

An important thing about this camera is that you need to think about which brand you go to use, cause when you buy extra lenses you can only use them with that brand.
With Nikon some more thinking is needed cause the entry level camera's of them like the D3100 (although this is a good and small camera) lack the internal motor, due to this this camera's do not focus automatically with some of the Nikon lenses, although there are enough lenses available with simular focal length with internal motor, only these are more expensive.
With this camera's for doll photography a portrait lens does a good job.

For APS-C camera's a nice lens for dolls is a 50 mm prime lens. I'am talking here about a thing that can be bought for starting at 100 US$ so I think its worth the read.
A 50 mm lens is good this is due to that the image sensor the 50 mm lens works like an 80 mm or 75 mm lens on this camera and thus makes it a portrait lens (focal length goes multiplied by 1.6 for Canon and 1.5 for Nikon (due their DX sensor). Portrait lenses for full frame DSLR's and SLR's that have to be e.g. 80 mm primes are much more expensive than a 50 mm prime.
This camera's come often with a 18-55 mm tele lens, zoom 50 mm and it be put in usage too for doll photography though this standard lens is not as light sensitive as the prime.
While the wide angle side of the lens, the 18 mm => 29 mm on the APSC camera, could be put in usage for making a photo of the whole room with the doll sitting on the sofa e.g.
It could be for doll photographers who want a Nikon and want to get it new, be a good deal not to buy the entry level D3100 but to pay little more for a D90 which price has dropped due it is being replaced by a more modern body with that motor and thus be able to adapt and focus all or at least most Nikon lenses. This is an issue, cause its much more difficult to focus a DSLR right manually than an SLR due the view finder of the DSLR has not the "cat eye" the SLR has.
With that body you can use the just over 100 US$ 50 mm f1.8 lens while with the camera's that lack the internal motor you need to use the about over 300 US$ 50 mm f1.4 lens, although this one has a stop more light sensitivity, the f1.8 lens could do already a lot when you start out.
So when buying Nikon its a good idea to look at the internal motor. Besides that you can choose to buy a flasher with your camera, one of the advantages of an external flasher is that you can turn it so it bounces to the ceiling and lights your doll with indirect light.

As far I know with Canon, this does not hold, and I have seen that the cheapest Canon 1000D which is a Rebel XT from which some functionality is removed to cut cost, does focus with their cheap 100 US$ 50 mm f1.8 lens. Thus this combo may be a good buy for one who wants to start with a Canon DSLR for doll photography. I think you can get this camera or a new but older type overstock Rebel XT for really low prices (500 US$ new) compaired to what you get.

Regarding Sony camera's I do not have experience with them, though I know they do put the imaging stabilizer in the body of the camera while Nikon puts their VR (vibration reduction) and Canon puts their IS (image stabilisation) in the lenses. Due this Nikon and Canon lenses with image stabilisation are more expensive than Sony lenses, you don't need to buy image stabilisation in the lens cause it sits in the body.
However image stabilisation in the lens seems to work a little better.
Though Sony camera's do work, Nikon and Canon camera's are as per today still more convenient to use due to those two brands have been making camera's for over half a century.

Although I think most doll photographers that go DSLR go buy an entry level one, and this models will certainly do the job very well, one remark, it may be good to study the DSLR's, it could be that it makes you saving up more money for a just one step more expensive model if you find out that the just little more expensive model has e.g. the handy dial for Aperture on the body, the other one lacks, making it you having it to set in the menu or by turning the dial on the lens.

You can save out some money buying older model or pre owned.
Also a good thing to mention with DSLR's is IMO that there is a big market of good pre owned DSLR's from people who upgrade to newer or more advanced body's so, if one looks for it with care, they can often be bought pre owned and in good condition for prices simular to pocket camera's just for the people who want one. I have seen quite often older models of pre owned full frame camera's especially Canon's 1D MK II / 5D for nice prices, so if it has to be full frame on small budget (like photography students) pre owned could be a deal.  Though that is pre owned gear, so one depends on how the previous owner did use the camera, though there are sometimes offers from people that handle their camera's well and also there is refurbished and tested pre owned gear offered at sites like adorama http://www.adorama.com (http://www.adorama.com)
Also one could often do a good deal with buying a new one from a model that is at its "end of life" the price often drops quite a lot when a successor for a certain model is introduced. The older models like the Nikon D90 (see below the image attached of my D90 with the 50 mm AF 1.8D lens (good affordable lens, little over 100 US$ I think). and the Canon 1000D could be a good deal today, taking this in account. Due the strong competition between Nikon Canon and Sony the prices of this phantastic gear is not high considered to what it can do. Also buying one from a good webshop instead of at a real shop can save you a lot money.
Further, DSLR's are already some time available, and a e.g. 3 year old model will do a good job when photographing a doll (you don't really need the latest model)
I have photographed with a Nikon D40 6 MP, and it simply did the job, it only lacks that internal motor I wrote about.
Current DSLR's are all very good, thanks to the huge competition between their manufacturers probably every effort to improve them has been taken, although one should take care not to get dust in the camera, the image sensor has to last the whole life of the camera body (in film days one did pull the handle, to use a fresh sheet of film for each picture). When dust on sensor, have camera serviced or remove it with an air bellows, never touch the sensor. Also software for correcting for dust is available.

SLR
If you don't want to spend much money on a camera body,  say 200 US$ or less at a garage sale, and do fit in the DSLR category (are prepaired to study photography and don't worry about a hand bag size package to take with you) and don't take much photo's but want to have probably better quality photo's than prof full frame DSLR quality then a pre owned proffesional SLR like a Nikon F4 with a good lens could be a deal  8). Today you can use the best film available e.g. a Fuji Velvia 50 and have it processed to prints and digital files at costo http://www.costco.com (http://www.costco.com) (Edit 8 February 2011: You get probably very beautifull photo's but to get this quality really into scans I wonder if costco gets it done, if not, you need access to very sophisticated drum scanners and scans will be very expensive thus you get very nice printed photo's but the digital photo's of a good  modern DSLR will be of better quality for the web unless you want to pay for very expensive scans.) If you manage to get a good one (its prof gear so rugged, but too often quite heavily used) then it will work though it comes with 3 disadvantages, you can not see immediately the photo, film and processing cost a lot money and on the long run more than the money you saved out, and you have to send doll photo's to a image processing house, they will process them though they will get to know that you own beautifull dolls too... Other newer preowned and thus probably slightly more expensive prof. slr camera's are the Nikon F5 and the Canon EOS 1V. Going Nikon one could also consider a F100 which as far I know can be of simular usage as the F5, both do autofocus and use VR with all modern Nikon lenses. I think today only few people will choose this idea, however who knows what happens, a lot people are buying turntables today and records, while all your music can be put probably on one small usb stick. Canon did stop at the EOS-1V but maybe Nikon hopes on this revival of the SLR, being pioneers in the SLR technology they are still developing the SLR, and the F6 is the latest one. For people who own already Canon or Nikon DSLR gear they may want to experiment with a pro film body, the lenses of the body they own will probably fit, when using the same brand although some lenses are special made for the  smaller image sensor and may not work on the prof. film body (though one has to study the lenses and the body to know this for sure).


Mytime & Helen & Carmen





Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: TC on February 06, 2011, 01:11:25 PM
Good stuff so far- I can see that I will be learning quite a lot as we go!

A little trick that most who know me know about- I like to use mirrors or reflections. The mirrors let me see more than one side of Sophie at a time.
The reflections help me create a beautiful illusion. Sometimes the results are amazing! Just make sure the mirror is clean.
Here are three examples:


This shot is a reflection in a mirror. The light from the flash bounced off the mirror creating the sexy shadows.

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Sophie%204268b1.jpg)



This next picture is the result of a reflection of Sophie off the glass of a painting of a wolf in winter.
It took quite a while to get the light in the right spot and her reflection positioned the way I wanted.
I just love the illusion it creates!

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Sophie%201778b.jpg)



This next picture is a result of Sophie's reflection in a small mirror that has a wildlife scene painted on it.

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Sophie%201749b.jpg)

It was almost the most difficult shot I ever took of her. Positioning her and the quilts that would make up the background and foreground,
and getting the mirror to stay in a position that created the effect that I was looking for was quite difficult.
You can see the pic was cropped heavily to remove the excess scenage:

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Sophie%201749c.jpg)

The original had way too much distraction in the background. For some reason that I can't remember anymore,
I was not able to get the camera any closer to the mirror to eliminate the distractions, so I had to crop.


Don't be afraid to crop out background distractions to expose the picture that you want to see.

TC
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: coralsheep91 on February 06, 2011, 02:19:49 PM
Does everyone use a tripod?

I do not have one yet but have been thinking it may help?

Those are killer pictures TC!

Thanks to all that are posting, my cup runneth over!

I am hoping you can teach an old sheep new tricks...  :o

Coral
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: WinstonSmith on February 06, 2011, 04:14:23 PM
Adobe Photoshop has always been my best friend.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: siliconelover on February 06, 2011, 04:23:21 PM
Does everyone use a tripod?

I do not have one yet but have been thinking it may help?


Coral

Hi Coral, Yes, invest in a Tripod ...... Don't worry about a zillion features, in the end you want something sturdy, well built. Buy what you can afford, I use SUNPACK's myself.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Mahtek on February 11, 2011, 10:17:30 PM
I always use a tripod, and the camera's timer. That way the camera has a couple of seconds to "settle down" after pressing the shutter.

I have a full size and a mini tripod. The mini is great for those shots where the full size can't get far enough back and I need to set up on a shelf or furniture.


Mahtek & his Ladies
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: siliconelover on February 11, 2011, 10:44:57 PM
I always use a tripod, and the camera's timer. That way the camera has a couple of seconds to "settle down" after pressing the shutter.


Good point Mahtek, I am lucky enough to have a remote control for my camera so I never have to touch it when needing to shoot.

I also can't agree more with the mini tripod, it also protects your camera when setting it down etc.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: mytime on February 14, 2011, 04:48:54 PM
Mahtek,

Usage of a tripod is indeed a very good idea, certainly indoor, if the shutter time goes below 1/60th.

Guys I did write a bit too much about gear in my previous post. Cameragear is nice, and may contribute to some photo quality but keep in mind that composition and light and thus creativity is way more important. I just looked on what I did with an old Pentax K1000+55 mm pentax 2.0 prime, (bought for about 100 euro pre owned in 2000) see the bad flatbed scan from what was a good photo IMO below...(which is an analog camera that takes a film), and there were a lot nice sharp photo's among them. Although it did take a lot effort to take them (due that manual focus is difficult, for dolls it may work for moving objects its a pain IMO). So even an 25-30 y.o. camera can do a lot (and keeps working in very dusty, cold, wet, bad circumstances, even without batteries (why else was Vietnam war reported on a Nikon F...) where digital camera's may get trouble but thats another story). Film is IMO not bad stuff, but digital photography is however a marvel today and enables a lot people to learn photographing and also make photographs at much lower cost than they ever would be able in the days of the film.


Mytime & Helen & Carmen
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Ray Rentell on February 15, 2011, 06:28:07 PM
Nothings changed so I will re-post  this old one as it still applies.

.First off you need lots of time. 

As every one said get a tripod and most if not all digital cameras have a timed shutter release built in..

Theres plenty of photo sites giving lots of advice, use a search engine, a good line would be "studio lighting".

Ebay has a very large section of studio lighting stuff, theres all sorts of lights , remote flashes, softboxes, backgrounds, the list is endless.
So as well as time you will also have to spend a bit of money. Or use sunny days. 



Set it all up and experiment with different lights , positions and so on until you find a combination that suits you ...... that's where the "lots of time" comes in 

Or do what I do and take lots of pics and hope to hell theres at least one good one in there.
Sunny days are best , I am no good at using lights, never get the time to experiment .... back to the first sentence again !

So really the only real suggestion I can make is "get in close" .... fill the frame.

Good luck with it all


And adding that composition is more important than technique or camera, bum pose , bum pic and believe me I take plenty of bum shots!.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: siliconelover on February 15, 2011, 08:55:14 PM
That's Great concise advice Ray. Experiment, Lighting, Tripod, auto shutter or use the right hold of your camera and use your zoom to get the right amount of light and tone to show in your photo's.

And Stacy always say's this as well, Fill the Frame.

Learn how to do makeup and accentuate your doll with jewelry.

And pay attention to detail, (Stacy is the Queen of this aspect) have a clean backround and a theme planned to play out.

Lighting, Lighting, Lighting ...... Different Distances and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. & Relax, take your time, because it is going to take time, smoke it if you have it, makes for great creativity and a good time !
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: incred on February 15, 2011, 09:26:23 PM
I always use a tripod, and the camera's timer. That way the camera has a couple of seconds to "settle down" after pressing the shutter.

I have a full size and a mini tripod. The mini is great for those shots where the full size can't get far enough back and I need to set up on a shelf or furniture.


Mahtek & his Ladies

I use a full size tripod Like Mahtek and use a couple of clamp lights. One is fixed to make some shadow and the other I move back and forth  to fill in without shadows. It is a poor mans soft box. I also use full spectrum bulbs to get the best color.

I use to have a mini tripod until it tipped over an broke the lens.  It fell off the top of a ladder and put a not so nice dent in the hardwood floor too. Be careful with the weight of the camera and lens.

Here is a set; Notice I back lit a curtain, and have direct lighting over head. The light clamped to the joist was used to wave when I took the picture for the shoot.

(http://incredidoll.com/gallery3/var/albums/Kanu/Kanu%20%2867b%29.jpg?m=1335058115) (http://incredidoll.com/gallery3/index.php/Kanu?page=1.html)

Final pictures;
(http://incredidoll.com/gallery3/var/albums/Kanu/Kanu%20%2864b%29.jpg?m=1331957096)

(http://incredidoll.com/gallery3/var/albums/Kanu/Kanu%20%2866b%29.jpg?m=1331957099)

Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: mytime on February 20, 2011, 06:13:23 AM
Hi all,
A little ramble about my old analog K1000 SLR:
Funny thing is that my old Asahi Pentax K1000 SLR being made from 1976 till 1996 can be considered as a cult camera, even a lot photography students did start out with this old unforgiveable camera, you have to do the things right else you don´t get a good photo, in that way this old workhorses teach you photography the hard way. I think one gains knowledge of photography by using such old thing, knowledge that even can be applied when using the digital stuff.
The advantage of this type of camera´s is that they don´t come with the long menu´s and many buttons the DSLR´s come with, but only the major stuff, and a manual that is only about 20 pages LOL, so its not bad to try some things with although there is the disadvantage of the processing costs of film.
Digital is the investment on the camera but the rest of the course is without processing cost.
Imo that makes it fun to own one.
This things are manual focus and film camera so manual focussing and manual setting of apeture and shutter time is needed. It has only 2 little batteries that are used for the light meter. Without this batteries you can still use it.

I found a review here:
http://www.thedigitalcameraexperts.com/pentax-k1000-camera (http://www.thedigitalcameraexperts.com/pentax-k1000-camera)

I also found a way to photograph my K1000 SLR digitally so, I can call it K1000D  ;D.
Its simple a shop in the city I live offers still processing of the 35 mm film and also a cd with the photo´s on 1200 X 1800. Simular shops are probably still in USA too.
I´ll give it a little try and compare it with my D90 8).
If you like this kind of old mechanical stuff, you can probably get one for very little money, I think 20 US$ to 50 US$ or like that, pre owned e.g. ebay garage sales and so on.

Mytime
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Ray Rentell on February 20, 2011, 08:38:05 AM
I miss my old Olympus OM2
Smallest lightest 35mm at the time, first with TTL metering .

My daughter took it to college with her so its probably been sold!
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: mytime on February 20, 2011, 09:12:23 AM
Rentel,

The K1000 was my first SLR, now the D90 is my second SLR but of coarse that is a DSLR.
The Olympus OM-2 sounds to me to be more high end and sophiticated than the K1000.
Though almost all this kind of analog camera gear, maybe except some Leica's and medium and large format camera's like Hasselblads is very cheap preowned due that everyone changed to digital camera's.

Mytime & Helen & Carmen
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: jihandelle on February 20, 2011, 12:40:11 PM
I miss my old Olympus OM2
Smallest lightest 35mm at the time, first with TTL metering .

My daughter took it to collage with her so its probably been sold!

Rentel, you can buy one on Ebay for a raisonable amount, but still an expensive box  :o  35 euros the box and >100 euros box + 35 mm 2.8  !

nostalgic myself, i went to Germany to get an oldie bought on Ebay because the guy did not want to ship  ;)

Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: geldmany on May 06, 2011, 04:06:58 PM
Thx for nice tips. I got a nikon DSLR (mid-class D90 category)  for half bundle price cause of new model. Makes much fun

another tip how to prepare for web pages


I use fine solution and pics (12mpixel) have sizes between 4-7mb.
When you charpen them and publish in the web they loss sharpness and are lower quality (brilliance loss) then pics made with older compact cam.

I reduce image size to 25% by keeping all other values.
Photoshop: Image -> Imagesize -> pixels/percent  100->25

then you could sharpen pics

when saving pic you can reduce them to 600-800kb

then its ready



Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: dollluver on January 03, 2012, 12:08:51 PM
Lot of good tips here. Never thaught of filling the frame. I usualy go for a good background but will try filling the frame. I normaly use natural lighting as my cheap camera doesn't have built in flash. Often times flash makes it too white/bright. What I do in that case would be cover up partial flash with your finger.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: KingTut on January 15, 2012, 05:30:23 PM
Just a thought on tripods: I still use one, especially with the 1/6 dolls, but my new camera has some pretty amazing image stability hardware built into the lenses.  Parts of the lens physically move  to compensate for human jiggle.  As a result, I find myself using the tripod less and less.  As an example, yesterday's Rose and Jasmine shoot (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=3655.0) was captured without a tripod.  (Maybe it shows to an expert, but I can't tell!)

I'm not sure what other brands support it -- my camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T2i and both of my lens housings have image stabilization built into them. 

Here's a link to some Canon propaganda on in-lens image stabilization :): http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/Lens_Advantage_IS
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Kroff on April 21, 2012, 02:58:49 AM
Use your laptop screen as light source for your beauty portraits

I wish to share this video with you ; You'll be surprised by the amazing photos you can get this way...

If you don't want to spend lots of money in professional flashlights this is definitely something for you. It works even with an old computer (you can find some on eBay that are really affordable). Of course in matter of screen size the larger is the better.

The light shapes can be downloaded here freely : http://ProPortfolioClub.com/shapes (http://ProPortfolioClub.com/shapes)

Have fun !

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/i4J2u8pZqIQ?version=3&hl=fr_FR

P.S. : Model Emily is HOT...  ;D (she's the wife of this german photographer)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on June 18, 2012, 12:33:24 PM
     I saw some of Karl Taylor's (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/) tutuorials a couple of years ago. He has added some since then. Although he sells photography courses on DVD, he also has quite a few free lessons online. Registration is free, but is required to view the lessons. Most of the individual lessons are under ten minutes.

     He also has a free photography tips on his http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/free-photography-tips/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/free-photography-tips/) page. Another tab takes you to http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor-competitions/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor-competitions/) where you could submit photos that might win prizes. See also http://www.karltaylorcompetitions.com/ (http://www.karltaylorcompetitions.com/)

8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on July 30, 2012, 02:34:19 AM
     This post is to reflect on KingTut's BEHIND THE SCENES -- BAILEY'S LBD (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=4049.msg48272#msg48272) (Sixty Days - Day 52). There are other valauble tips in KingTut's post, so be sure to look in on it!

KingTut wrote:
Quote
People are also surprised that I don't PhotoShop out my stands, and yet they are rarely seen.  The trick is to set up the model and the camera in such a way that the stand is hidden by the model.

     I seldom edit the stand out of a shot if I cannot hide it by other means. Most of the time I am too lazy, but I also leave the stand in deliberately. Sometimes I want people to know that this is a doll, not a real person.

     Mahtek was in the shot below, but since he does not like his picture on the internet (many people feel that way), I ghosted him out. The process involves picking up colors from elsewhere in the photo and painting them over the part that you want to take out. This can be accomplished with a number of photo editing programs, but it does take time and patience.
(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal__MG_7275_edit.jpg) (http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/_MG_7275_edit.jpg)

     Another method of hiding the stand is to use some of the doll's clothing or a prop to block the view of the stand.

     Greenscreen or bluescreen paint, backgrounds (Chroma Key FAQ (http://www.chroma-key.com/page--Chroma-Key-FAQs--ste_frequently_asked_questions.html)), and software (http://www.123videomagic.com/ (http://www.123videomagic.com/)) are available, but these are expensive options. This also requires separate photos of the model and the set, then combining the photos into a composite picture. Painting the doll stand with these colors might make it easier to select in your photo editor, but if you shoot your doll 'in scene' (in the same photo) you still have to fill in the background colors.

     For my 'travel' pictures, I used the Photoshop Elements 7 layer technique (7 page tutorial (http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1324791&seqNum=1)). I began with a photograph for my background layer, then in Layer 1 edited everything out of the doll picture that I did not want, then in Layer 2 applied shadows for the doll (see the video (http://layersmagazine.com/photoshop-realistic-shadows.html) or read the text and pictures (http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/cast_shadow/cast_shadow.htm).

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Dixie_and_Esperanza_at_Kilkenny_Castle_PS.jpg) (http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Dixie_and_Esperanza_at_Kilkenny_Castle_PS.jpg)
from
Dixie and Esperanza at Kilkenny Castle (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=664.0)

 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on August 23, 2012, 08:43:20 PM
How To Set Up the Perfect Photo Studio for Any Budget or Room

     This is an article on the Popular Photography magazine website.

Set Up the Perfect Photo Studio (http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2012/08/how-to-set-perfect-photo-studio-any-budget-or-room?cmpid=enews082312&spPodID=020&spMailingID=4720371&spUserID=MTE1NzU4NTczOTIS1&spJobID=283507871&spReportId=MjgzNTA3ODcxS0)

     The prices that they list for some of the gear are hefty, but do not let that disuade you from using the information. Do not look at their recommendations as "must have" for your own studio. Some lower-priced substitutions of the equipment that they mention can lower your costs dramatically.

     This magazine sometimes uses photographers who can afford the best equipment. Also, manufacturers will send equipment to the magazine for free or a lower price. The magazine will 'road test' the equipment, and the vendor gets the free advertising.

;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on September 06, 2012, 08:31:53 PM
Popular Photography magazine's

The 25 Top Camera Gear Deals of 2012 (http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/25-biggest-photo-gear-bargains-2012?cmpid=enews090612&spPodID=020&spMailingID=4748235&spUserID=MTE1NzU4NTczOTIS1&spJobID=285573271&spReportId=Mjg1NTczMjcxS0)

     "Our editors, being inveterate bargain boffins, once again bring you a select list of good stuff...for less." article by Dan Richards

:) :) :)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on November 08, 2012, 09:49:38 PM
Popular Photography magazine's

20 Simple Ways to Customize Your Camera (http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2012/11/20-simple-ways-to-customize-your-camera)

 ;) :) ;)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: blasters714 on November 14, 2012, 06:55:48 PM
Great information--I haven't taken pictures in many years so the info on cameras was excellent.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on December 20, 2012, 01:24:54 PM
from a Karl Taylor e-mail message:

"Hi Terry, if you love learning about photography then you're really going to love the new Karl Taylor Photography App for iPhone & iPad.

It's FREE to Download - Simply search for "Karl Taylor" on Apple's App Store or click on the link below to get it right now!"

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/karl-taylor-photography-training/id581975314?mt=8 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/karl-taylor-photography-training/id581975314?mt=8)

     I do not have an iPhone or an iPad, so I have no way to evaluate this app. You guys are on your own!

8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on January 17, 2013, 02:27:20 PM
7 Elements of Photography We Can Learn From The Hobbit
by David Wahlman
http://digital-photography-school.com/7-elements-of-photography-we-can-learn-from-the-hobbit#ixzz2IG5pJx8G (http://digital-photography-school.com/7-elements-of-photography-we-can-learn-from-the-hobbit#ixzz2IG5pJx8G)

Shooting in the Twilight Zone
by Anne McKinnell
http://digital-photography-school.com/shooting-in-the-twilight-zone (http://digital-photography-school.com/shooting-in-the-twilight-zone)

 :) :) :)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on July 31, 2013, 09:32:34 PM
Karl Taylor's Ava Corsetry shoot
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/free-photography-tips/corsetry-shoot/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/free-photography-tips/corsetry-shoot/)
Subject: placing lights ( oh, really!     ;)  )

(http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/chat/img/emoticons/devil.gif) (http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/chat/img/emoticons/devil.gif) (http://www.ourdollcommunity.com/forum/chat/img/emoticons/devil.gif)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on September 19, 2013, 12:07:01 PM
Karl Taylor Photography Masterclass
from: http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/pro-photography (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/pro-photography)
(www.karltaylorportfolio.com (http://www.karltaylorportfolio.com))

If you want to see just the videos full-screen, use the links below.

Watch a professional studio product photo shoot 16:23
http://view.vzaar.com/1332812/player (http://view.vzaar.com/1332812/player)

Marketing your photography business 23:31
http://view.vzaar.com/1332135/player (http://view.vzaar.com/1332135/player)

See also:
David Lund
www.davidlund.co.uk (http://www.davidlund.co.uk)

Laurie Castelli
www.lauriecastelli.com (http://www.lauriecastelli.com)

Poppy Larbalestier
www.poppylarbalestier.com (http://www.poppylarbalestier.com)

 :thumb: 8) :thumb:
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on October 23, 2013, 03:55:03 PM
     I stumbled across these while looking through the back pages of The Art Gallery:

Digital Photography Tutorial:
How to get the right white balance (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=4016.0)

How to Stereograph (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=3463.0)

 O0 :angel: :police:
The Mod Squad (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062589/)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on December 08, 2013, 12:40:13 PM
Karl Taylor's Iceland Fashion Shoot

Windy Iceland (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/free-photography-tips/windy-iceland/)
video only (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VSQyKZYEDY&feature=share&list=UUZajtzLoD3nxn2G9ripCjPg) (3:51)

Crashed DC-3 Plane Photo Shoot (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/crashed-plane/) (2:20)

What NOT to do with a Hasselblad (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/risky-seascape/) (2:18)

Using the landscape to evoke fear (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/fear/) webpage
video only (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13xZNZgIzhE&feature=player_embedded) (2:59)

Making a Shot - Not Taking a Shot (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/making-a-shot/) (4:58)


Back in the studio
One day fashion shoot (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/fashion-photography/one-day/) (14:56)

 :) :thumb: :)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on June 03, 2014, 09:13:32 PM
     Here is something that we might be able to use for our doll pictures.  ;)

     The pictures below were done to cast actors and actresses as Dresden Files (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files_characters) characters. Griffyn612 at the Jim Butcher Forum (http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php) used an online program called "Sketch" at http://photofunia.com/effects/sketch (http://photofunia.com/effects/sketch) to make these pictures.
Sketch - This online photo effect will instantly turn your photo into a pencil drawing. Note: This is an online program only. None of the "Download" links will download the program - they are all advertisements for other stuff.

from Perfect Casting Part Three (http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/topic,39320.135.html)
(http://i1161.photobucket.com/albums/q507/wizardpi/Dresden_Casting/bell_murphy_zps5c1dfe07.jpg)
Kristen Bell (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0068338/) as Murphy

(http://i1161.photobucket.com/albums/q507/wizardpi/Dresden_Casting/First_Command_zps6cb046dd.jpg)
Harry Dresden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files_characters#Harry_Dresden) and Queen Mab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files_characters#Queen_Mab)

 :) :) :)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on June 23, 2014, 12:32:46 AM
From Ceej: Sandy's professional studio. (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=6226.0)

More from Karl Taylor

One day fashion shoot (14:56)
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/fashion-photography/one-day/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/fashion-photography/one-day/)

Fabienne & her pet dog!
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/pet-shoot/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/pet-shoot/)

Beauty Lighting Comparisons
http://e.karltaylorphotography.co.uk/_act/link.php?mId=A9202852972725852325137936372723&tId=14081470 (http://e.karltaylorphotography.co.uk/_act/link.php?mId=A9202852972725852325137936372723&tId=14081470)
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/lighting-comparison-tests/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/lighting-comparison-tests/)

Understanding Light (same web page as above)
http://e.karltaylorphotography.co.uk/_act/link.php?mId=A9202852972725852325137936372723&tId=14081471 (http://e.karltaylorphotography.co.uk/_act/link.php?mId=A9202852972725852325137936372723&tId=14081471)
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/lighting-comparison-tests/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karl-taylor/lighting-comparison-tests/)

Hasselblad H5D Instructional Video
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/commercial-photography/hasselblad-h5d-camera/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/commercial-photography/hasselblad-h5d-camera/)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2iPLDbOS1BY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2iPLDbOS1BY)

Star Gazing Photography
http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karls-viewpoint/sky-gazing/ (http://www.takeabetterphoto.com/karls-viewpoint/sky-gazing/)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_46ohWYISus (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_46ohWYISus)

BBC Programmes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h4g8 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h4g8)
Astrophotography Basics:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/25401782 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/25401782)
A PDF calendar of events from the BBC of this years astronomical events
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/stargazinglive/sgl_calendar2014.pdf (http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/stargazinglive/sgl_calendar2014.pdf)
Learning guides
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h4g8/features/starguides (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h4g8/features/starguides)
An overview of Astrophotography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrophotography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrophotography)

Beauty Shot Tutorial (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NSgPJbWWs1c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NSgPJbWWs1c)

Training partnership with Broncolor (part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QVy8rxAe7fA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QVy8rxAe7fA)

Still Life, Rim Lights & Precise Lighting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pXAIxQsIEM&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pXAIxQsIEM&feature=player_embedded)

Expert Dual-flash Technique
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/broncolor-4/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/broncolor-4/)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH4LpDJj5Pc&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH4LpDJj5Pc&feature=player_embedded)

Lighting - The Basics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u9prcUCHlqM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u9prcUCHlqM)

Are you holding your camera correctly?
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/hold-a-camera/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/hold-a-camera/)

Do you Understand Flash Sync Speeds?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0j5AHzAGaFk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0j5AHzAGaFk)

Professional Portraiture 1
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/professional-portraiture-part-2/professional-portraiture-pt1/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/professional-portraiture-part-2/professional-portraiture-pt1/)
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/professional-portraiture-pt1/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/professional-portraiture-pt1/)

Professional Portraiture 2
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/professional-portraiture-part-2/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/professional-portraiture-part-2/)


Harris Hawk
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/harris-hawk/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/harris-hawk/)

Buying second hand lenses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y6f2_ln8g1M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y6f2_ln8g1M)

A little known secret about portraiture!
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/videogallery/natural-light-portraiture-get-a-little-known-secret1212317214/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/videogallery/natural-light-portraiture-get-a-little-known-secret1212317214/)
http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DpjEjCC-6aTQ%26baserefW%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2F (http://http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DpjEjCC-6aTQ%26baserefW%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2F)

Do You Understand Memory Cards?
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/memory-cards/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/memory-cards/)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=spK3GxCiKMg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=spK3GxCiKMg)

A Simple 2 Light Portrait Set-up
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/simple-2-light-portrait-setup/ (http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/blog/simple-2-light-portrait-setup/)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B2Mb6poDLvY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B2Mb6poDLvY)

 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on September 01, 2014, 05:12:28 PM
From Popular Photography Magazine (e-mail message):
The most important online photography event of the year is coming soon!

     CreativeLive Photo Week 2014 will convene the world’s best working photographers to bring you an unforgettable six days of master classes, essential gear and software demos and engaging how-tos. Streaming live across three channels, you’ll get all new material on wedding, portrait, commercial, real estate, GoPro, Instagram, film, and outdoor photography.

     This free live event will inspire you to explore brand new territories through your camera lens. View the event page (https://www.creativelive.com/conferences/photo-week-2014) for the updated schedule and to RSVP today!

(Registration required: e-mail address and a password only.)

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on August 05, 2015, 08:18:20 AM
How to Get Deleted by Instagram
By Adam Waltner on July 17th, 2015
The New York Institute of Photography

Photo Article (https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/archive/how-to-get-deleted-by-instagram)

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Stephanie Doll on August 05, 2015, 11:40:24 PM
 "What if Gmail (over 400 million users) started deleting accounts and didn't respond to users asking why? Is this the future of how social media platforms deal with people? Must these internet companies become massive Goliaths that can crush us without any recourse or explanation?"

There's no "what if." They've been doing this for a long time.

So since Instagram never bothered to defend themselves the moral of the story is don't use Instagram.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on December 16, 2015, 02:29:38 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html):

Get 34 amazing FREE Lightroom presets
http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/free-photography-courses.htm

     This is a somewhat involved process, but the end result is that you will have access to videos showing what to do with these presets. I do not have Lightroom myself, so I cannot vouch for the program or these presets. See also: Lightroom Killer Tips (http://lightroomkillertips.com/). This website also has free presets.

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: doll_admirer on January 24, 2017, 03:32:20 AM
I'm so happy I found this thread and the 'Studio Lighting' thread.

I've had some problems with my camera's flash washing out and making Ethan look too shiny in many of his photo's.
 
I plan to try out the flash diffuser techniques found in the first posts before I go the route of using different lights all together.
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: mandingo1 on January 27, 2017, 03:01:44 PM
How can I book mark this topic??
Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on February 05, 2017, 10:09:11 AM
mandingo1,

     If you are using Internet Explorer, click on "Favorites" up in the menu section. You will get a drop-down list asking where you want to put the bookmark.

     If you are using Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner. This will open a menu. Hover your mouse cursor on "Bookmarks" and another menu will appear. You should see "Bookmark this page ...". Click on that and it should ask where you want to store the bookmark. <CTRL> D is the keyboard shortcut. Other browsers may have similar methods.

Karl Taylor’s Beauty Lighting Walkthrough – EP#013 (https://youtu.be/vCWQw6u-T_g)

Karl Taylor’s new “friend” – EP#010 (https://youtu.be/PPwXQ7XPwNc)

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on March 04, 2017, 10:15:27 AM
from: ttnlbtpd at Jenelle and I going for old photo look (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=8916.msg112940#msg112940)

The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials (https://petapixel.com/2014/07/03/best-free-online-photography-courses-tutorials/)

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: Stephanie Doll on March 04, 2017, 07:52:40 PM
I'm so happy I found this thread and the 'Studio Lighting' thread.

I've had some problems with my camera's flash washing out and making Ethan look too shiny in many of his photo's.
 
I plan to try out the flash diffuser techniques found in the first posts before I go the route of using different lights all together.

Even a high quality flash with the best Gary Fong diffuser will still wash things out. Flash photography is one of the most challenging art forms. The guys on TV make it look so easy. Of course what there not showing is the hour or so worth of test shots they spent setting up the flash photo shoot.

My advice is not to use a flash at all. Doll can hold a pose for a really long time so a photo can simply be brightened with a long exposure. All you need is a tripod. Also be sure to either use a remote or the shutter delay. With long exposures even pushing a button on the camera can cause a slight vibration which will cause blurriness.

Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on March 21, 2017, 11:45:35 AM
5 Places to Sell Your Photos
By Michelle Ecker on March 8th, 2017
New York Institute of Photography

     Read the article here (https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/archive/5-places-to-sell-your-photos).

  1. Alamy (http://www.alamy.com)- There are currently more than 60 million images and videos for sale on this site, and with good reason- they give a whopping 50% royalty to photographers for each image sold. Oh, and if you’re an NYIP student? They’ll give you 100% commission on any sales you make for two years – no strings attached.

  2. Shutterstock (https://www.shutterstock.com)- If you work with Shutterstock, you can still keep a copyright on the photos you upload, which means a lot to those worried about creative ownership. The average user makes up to 30% royalty when their images are sold (usually $30 maximum).

  3. iStock Photo (http://www.istockphoto.com)- Most photographers only make about 15% royalty when their images are downloaded, but if a certain picture of yours gains consistent downloads and popularity that percentage can jump up to 45. However, if you sign an exclusivity contract (meaning you’ll only upload photos on iStock, no other sites), they bump that 15% minimum to somewhere between 20-45% in reciprocity.

  4. PhotoShelter (http://www.PhotoShelter.com)- This is actually something you would integrate into your own website if you have one (if you don’t, learn to make one here).

  5. Fotolia (http://www.fotolia.com)- Photographers working with Fotolia receive an average of 20-50% royalty on their sold images- and the site also boasts their immediate deposit convenience, meaning you get that money right away.

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: WhiteFox on March 21, 2017, 12:45:53 PM

Even a high quality flash with the best Gary Fong diffuser will still wash things out. Flash photography is one of the most challenging art forms. The guys on TV make it look so easy. Of course what there not showing is the hour or so worth of test shots they spent setting up the flash photo shoot.

My advice is not to use a flash at all. Doll can hold a pose for a really long time so a photo can simply be brightened with a long exposure. All you need is a tripod. Also be sure to either use a remote or the shutter delay. With long exposures even pushing a button on the camera can cause a slight vibration which will cause blurriness.

I've seen some great advice here, but I agree, sometimes natural light can be the perfect light. The lesson here is, always use the light that's directly available to you.
Even if it's the light coming from a smartphone or a little night lamp.
If you want to learn more about flash, here is a site everyone should know:
http://strobist.blogspot.be/2006/03/lighting-101.html

The strobist site has everything you ever need to know about flash: when to use it and when not to use it, how to use it (even with available daylight) and any special effects you can create with it.
Everything is explained in a well layed out manner and is very informative. Learned a lot from that guy.

Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on March 21, 2017, 10:16:46 PM
     Julian linked this article in the chat room:

Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software
Submitted by Photo Addict
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-high-dynamic-range-hdr-software.htm

"Imagine that you are inside a large Gothic cathedral, and the sunlight is streaming in from the windows on to a beautiful painting. You pull out your digital camera and take a photograph of the beautiful artwork on the church wall near one of the windows. You need not have bothered. Your digital photograph will be a flop. Either the painting will be dark and barely visible, or the window will appear as a glaring and dominant white area that is hardly recognizable as a window. Or both. The problem is not your camera. The problem is that the dynamic range of the scene exceeds what the camera is able to capture.

Since the birth of photography, photographers have attempted to increase the dynamic range that a photograph captures to recreate how our eyes see. A camera is able to capture a dynamic range of about 1:1,024 where the human eye is capable of seeing somewhere around 1:65,500. In the days of film, bridging this gap occurred in the darkroom. Today it occurs in the computer using a very nice program called HDR or High Dynamic Range."

     See the article for the rest!

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Title: Re: ODC amateur doll photographer's tips and tricks thread- Pros welcome too!
Post by: noquiexis on July 23, 2017, 04:55:46 PM
The Art of the Scrim:
Daylight Portraits with Michael Corsentino (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj9-KuXesqg) youTube (16:57)

Shutter Magazine (https://www.behindtheshutter.com/)

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