I have a lot of trouble finding somewhere to photograph dolls which has good lighting. I really should make or buy a light box to photograph them in but in the meantime the kitchen has become a favourite room because it gets a lot of natural light. I do get tired of the blank walls though and wanted to do something else. At this time of year taking dolls outside is not always an option though.
Recently I bought two backdrop posters from The Tiny Frock Shop to use for fashion doll shoots and this afternoon I thought I would experiment with one of them for the first time.
For today’s experiment I attached one of the backdrops to the wall with Bluetac and placed a doll on top of two boxes placed on a chair. Previously I’d had her on the kitchen bench but she was too far away from the wall. I took several photos with and without flash trying to find a setting which would not produce too many shadows. I need to iron the backdrop too which has creases from being folded for shipping.
I was rather annoyed when my battery went flat after just a few pictures and even more so when I found I had forgotten to recharge the spare. As I could not take any more pictures I spent some time editing the photos. I had used my 18-55 mm lens on maximum zoom so once I had the pictures on the computer I cropped them and used Picasa to adjust the lighting.
Here is one of the photos cropped to a portrait.
I will be having another try at this over the weekend if I can as by the time the camera battery is charged it will probably be a bit too dark. I will share the results good or bad.
By the way the last time I was browsing The Tiny Frock Shop still had a few of these backgrounds left.