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Doll #Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” #Dolls’ Stand

This is an older video, but it has been somewhat popular on my YouTube channel. Since, during the month of September, I’ve been following a theme of doll photography tips and tricks (rather than my usual posting of free, printable doll clothes sewing patterns and tutorials), I thought it wouldn’t hurt to revisit this helpful tutorial, showing how I make my “invisible” doll stands.   … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” #Dolls’ Stand

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #10 Avoiding glossy doll 'skin'" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

Doll #Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy #Dolls’ “Skin”

Fashion dolls are typically made of hard plastic, and yet we want them to look life-like in our photos. So how do we avoid the glossy look of a doll’s hard-plastic “skin?” This doll photography tutorial video helps you problem-solve this notorious problem for doll photographers. This is the last of my NEW doll photography tips and tricks videos. I hope I haven’t inconvenienced anyone … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy #Dolls’ “Skin”

Doll #Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for #Dolls

Indoor photography can be a real hastle when you have to set up the kitchen table for a photo shoot right after breakfast, hurry though your photos, and then take the kitchen-table-studio apart again in time for serving dinner. About a year ago, I moved all my doll photography stuff out to the kids’ playhouse. They were in junior high and high school, and they … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for #Dolls

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #8 Light and Shadows" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows

We’ve all taken them: the photo that’s too dark or too bright. This video tutorial suggests ways to counteract problems with light and shadows. However, if you want to know more about how to adjust your DSLR camera and its ISO, aperture settings, etc., the place to look is Chelsea and Tony Northrup’s book, Stunning Digital Photography. I learned everything I know from them. But … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows

Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable doll clothes patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows Tall Barbie, Curvy Barbie, Petite Barbie, Skipper, Kelly Doll, Chelsea Doll, and Polly Pocket all wearing handmade doll clothes. The patterns for each outfit shown in the image comes from ChellyWood.com, which is known for its FREE printable sewing patterns (and tutorials) for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Doll #Photography Tip #7: Maintain Ratios

In the image above, I’ve included dolls from both a 1:6 scale (i.e. Mattel’s Barbie®) and a 1:9 scale (i.e. the Breyer® dolls). For a brief period, I used this image to demonstrate that ChellyWood.com offers FREE printable doll clothes sewing patterns for dolls of — as my catch-phrase states — many shapes and sizes. However I got a little bit of negative feedback from … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #7: Maintain Ratios

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #6 Believable Setting" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #6: Believable Surroundings

Where do you take photos of your doll? Is it indoors? Outdoors? In a studio? On the kitchen table? No matter where you do your dolly photo shoot, the setting needs to be believable to get a really good photograph of a doll. In this video, we’ll compare shots of dolls that lack that believability factor. Some additional things to think about when creating a … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #6: Believable Surroundings

Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ ChellyWood.com: Shoot #Dolls in Motion

A lot of you know that between times when I’m creating free patterns and YouTube tutorials, I’m also filming a stop-motion version of Romeo and Juliet with dolls. In filming stop-motion, I’ve come to realize that certain doll poses are more active than others. For example, look at the Ever After High® doll in the photo above. She isn’t just standing around wearing a dress; … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ ChellyWood.com: Shoot #Dolls in Motion

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #4 Perspective" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #4 @ ChellyWood.com: Perspective

What makes a doll look human-sized? That’s what I mean by “perspective” in this doll photography video. Whether you’re in a studio or outdoors, one of the best things you can do to make the doll seem larger is to get down on the ground and take photos from the doll’s eye-level (or even below the doll’s level). Another trick is to bring the doll … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #4 @ ChellyWood.com: Perspective

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Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE

As I started typing today’s blog post, it occurred to me that I’d chosen the “Photographer” doll–how ironic for a post about photgraphy! But she really is one of my favorite dolls to photograph. She has those adorable dimples and such a genuine smile! So even though Monday’s post was about the importance of choosing a highly articulated doll, another thing to consider is your … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Tonner doll posting for a photo shoot with a Spin Master Liv Doll in the foreground taking her picture. Overlay says, "Doll Photo Tip #2: Avoid Antennas." URL is offered: ChellyWood.com

Doll #Photography Tip #2 @ ChellyWood.com: Avoid #Doll Antennas

In my doll photo videos, you’ll notice that I mention my favorite photography book: Stunning Digital Photography, by Chelsea and Tony Northrup. Let me just say that Tony and Chelsea Northrup have been super helpful for me, as I attempt to master my DSLR Nikkon camera, and as I’ve slowly learned the skill of doll photography. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Tony and Chelsea! … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #2 @ ChellyWood.com: Avoid #Doll Antennas