Doll Bear Photography - A Few How-tos and Why-tos
Dolls and bears make good photo subjects. Why? They don't move for one thing. Don't get red-eye. You can go back and back . With today's digital cameras you can see immediately if your shot succeeded and re-do it for other effects. You can cheat with an over-large outfit folded around behind the doll or use a "real" prop like an actual cookie with a child doll and fool the eye of the viewer. Dolls and bears in photography take us into other worlds, other lives. Visual fairy tales. How wonderful to be able to glimpse a moment of someone else's story? Let's face it taking pictures of dolls and bears is just plain fun. Yes, it is also work. Sometimes, like with any other subject the picture just does not come together and all the photographer ends up with is a headache. But lots of times the camera "sees" and you come away from the experience with a picture of magic in your hand.
What elements do you put in a photo? Well, as with any kind of photography simplicity is best. Let's consider the photography done on Annette Himstedt's website for a fairly well-known example. There are not a lot of distractions from the doll! While her work endeavors to capture "real children" in her doll creations, so does good doll photography of any doll. A simple prop like a ball or a toy to be held, a seat on a bale of hay, a real guinea pig at the feet of a boy doll such as I have done...this helps make a good composition. Background of things in the same scale as the doll. Good light ,simple composition-remember your subject is not going to run off in the middle of your shoot! Believe what you see when you are all through.
How can you use the photos for something besides filling boxes and albums for your own delight? The possibilities are endless. Wall art, greeting cards, posters, advertising photos, gallery work, shows--one thing can be said with absolute certainty. While many many people are out there taking garden shots, macro insects, nature, urban blight, buildings, weddings, headstones and cute pets, a good doll and bear photographer is hard to find.
Rachael Ikins is an award-winning photographer of dolls at play; creating images thatthat mimic life and entice the viewer to take a closer look. Additionally, she writeschildren's books and illustrates them with her photos to enchant her readers. You can be touched and amused by her life-like photos by visiting http://www.rachaelikins.com/rzidolls.html
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