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:
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?
- Controlling the background/props
- Lots of light
- Paying attention to the rules of composition