I think, by and far, photography is my favorite part of collecting. I am a filmmaker in real life, so photography seems like a natural offshoot of that. However, I only got my first still camera a little over a year ago, so I am actually a beginner, though I did know some cinematography concepts that could cross over.
My number one goal when doing doll photography is to make it look real - to make it look like you've captured a moment that could be real life. It's instilling life into something stationary, and giving it a story to boot. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t, but I always have fun.
I’m not a pro. I know there are way better photographers out there than me. However, this forum is partially for sharing knowledge, so I’ll try and impart a little of what little I’ve learned. Rather than give you a boring list, though, I thought I’d use some of my own photos to illustrate neat tricks and concepts I’ve learned, and traps to avoid. They range across the board experience wise, so hopefully there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!
P.S. Picasa is great. If you want to know when I took a picture, and what settings I used (like, what lens, what aperture, all that fun stuff) just click the “more info” button on the side of the page and it will tell you. God, I love technology. Now all we need are in-camera GPS systems and in-camera note systems and I’ll be a happy camper.
P.P.S. This post took a lot longer to get up than I intended, because I first tried to do it in Photobucket (most of these pics were already uploaded there) and it kept deleting my picture descriptions. Apparently, "Save and Continue" in Photobucket land means "delete on a whim." So, just FYI, put all Photobucket picture descriptions in a Word file so you don't lose them when the program goes crazy nuts.