We Look Back

Something I had been thinking of doing for awhile is a look back at my first photos of the dolls compared to their most recent headshots. I hadn’t gotten around to it until now because looking at those past photos is just damn painful. Oh my is it painful…. Which is why I now pass that pain onto you! But to show Jan I care, I will now put in the read more tag.

OK first up Caraline:

Oh. My. Sweet. Jesus.
Oh. My. Sweet. Jesus.

Caraline
Caraline

The Twins:

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Katsuro
Katsuro

This is so painful
This is so painful

Ayleena
Ayleena

Elnore:

What a lovely printer
What a lovely printer

Elnore
Elnore

I’m rendered speechless by my own lack of talent. Holy Jesus! Somehow those old pictures are worse than I remember. Amazing what a difference brushing your doll’s hair makes! Although neither that shot of Ayleena or Elnore was really ever meant for anyone but Kate to see, it doesn’t really excuse it. And there is no explaining the blur effect going on with Caraline. Too excited to care at the time. 😛

Over the course of two years in the hobby I learned how to take decent pictures with my old camera, which is the primary reason why there are no “before and after” shots of the tinies. Over the last I don’t know how long…four months, I’ve began wanting to actually experiment a bit thanks to now having a dslr. Might as well get my money’s worth before Jan steals it! I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable being in full Manual mode (although for quick snapshots I’ll probably still go Auto for now *lazy*) and I think the next thing I’ll want to play with is off camera lighting. Well that and filters.

I know it sounds like tooting of my own horn or patting myself on the back, but these days every now and again I’ll take a picture and be like “oh snap! awesome! :D”

The things that help?

  1. Tripod
  2. Controlling the background/props
  3. Tripod
  4. Lots of light
  5. Tripod
  6. Paying attention to the rules of composition

7 thoughts on “We Look Back”

  1. Dad dug out a horrible boy picture of Niklas where he is like 5 and he’s got hair not too unlike Katsuro in it. Just more blond, of course.

    And it never occurred to me but Ayleena looks awfully content. All sex/preggy satisfied glowy or maybe she’s just digesting a big chunk tasty of cheese.

    Anyways, me thinks lots of light is loads more important than a tripod. Tripods are for when you don’t have light, Niklas thinks. You needs to do daylight pictures. *nods*

    I’m sure Aylena would love to see the sun just once too. But maybe me should send her some super strong Swedish sunblock first. (Laughs at someone more pale than Niklas :D)

  2. Oh and eeks! I meant Caraline in the last para, not Ayleena and I got her name wrong too. Bet’s Caraline was cursing me for being teasy. Girls are so wicked.

  3. I overstated tripods a touch (the recent shots of Elnore and Caraline were done without one) however I won’t argue over their uses 😛 Suffice it to say in doll photography they really are a must for various reasons.

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