Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge – Week #13 – Perspective

Composing Myself This Week

I thought it would be fun to do a photo shoot for this week’s challenge and using objects at home means that I don’t have to try to go anywhere to do it. I love going out to take photos but I’ve been out three times this week to do errands and every trip away from home requires me being out nearly all day because I’m relying on public transport so I am looking forward to spending the weekend at home.

As many of you know I photograph my dolls a lot for my doll blog and I do admire doll photographers who take their dolls out into the real world and try to photograph them to look as if they were human sized. That is a matter of perspective and if you don’t do it right you get a picture of a doll next to an impossibly huge object. So my mission today is to try to make them look natural.

Here are three photos I took of Ruby, one of my Barbies, in the back garden. I started out placing Ruby on the path  with the apple tree in the background. Then I placed her halfway down the path. In both of these shots it’s obvious that she is very small compared to the size of the tree.  Finally I took a close up of Ruby and in this the tree becomes background and Ruby looks more to scale. I read an interesting tutorial about doll photography and learned that some people use a helper to hold the doll level with the photographers eye line but I didn’t have a helper today so had to try something else. These were all taken with me standing about a metre from the end of the path but I have cropped them  a  bit.

Here is another couple  I took indoors. Ruby next to a clock which is about the same height as she is and then holding Ruby at arm’s length with one hand. Obviously these photos were not taken from the same camera position but I wanted to show Ruby with the clock so you could see that they were of similar heights.

I then decided to try another experiment more similar to Cee’s photo shoot. I used a vase of artificial flowers and a small statuette. Please excuse the miscellaneous kitchen objects in the background. For these I did have the camera in the same spot. I did crop them afterwards but mostly to remove background objects from either side of the subjects.

Perspective -06 Perspective -07 Perspective -08


So what did I learn? I did grasp the concept of perspective when I was first taught it but I had not really experimented with it before and it was interesting to apply it to photography. As I’ll be going on holidays in just a few weeks I hope I’ll be able to apply it to my holiday pictures; particularly when photographing people in front of landmarks, or in our case the cruise ship. I had not thought about placing the human subject further away from the building or object in order to get them both in the frame. I suppose that’s a very fundamental error. I take a lot of pictures of buildings but not so many pictures of people so I have not really tried to show both in the frame before. My portraits would be more like the one of Ruby with the blurred apple tree in the background. You would not know it was an apple tree if you had not seen the first two photos and the first two do not really suggest the pictures are about Ruby as she is not the feature of the photograph.

This was a very interesting challenge to try. I enjoyed doing it.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Great job with perspective! I really like the ones of Ruby that make her appear human-sized. Like you, perspective in this way is something I understood but haven’t experimented with. I can see that doing this exercise, and even just looking at others’ photos for it, can really help expand understanding of the concept.

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  2. The first doll picture with the name “perspective 3” works extremely well. The reason is the green background and that you have a little bit of depth of field due to the far away background and that makes the doll pop out well. The image is perfect and looks like a very good product photo because you have nothing else in the photo that could distract from the main subject, the doll. I use this technique very often for my flower photos or other subjects, for example here…. http://diaryofdennis.com/2015/10/06/a-hoverfly-on-a-beautiful-flower/ If your main subject is close, and the background far away, the camera wants to focus on the close objects but not on the background, the background will be blurry, and that can be very useful in many cases. 🙂

    The others, for example the one with the clock, is good if you aim to show the size of the doll. But if you really aim to focus only the doll, a far distanced background works well, like the apple tree in the background. You could even try this with other far away backgrounds.

    Just my thoughts, and I like that you experimented here… I do this often too, that’s how we learn new things 🙂


    • Thanks for your comments Dennis. I was quite pleased with that third shot. I wasn’t as successful doing it indoors because there was nowhere I could put the doll that would have had her at the right height but I will keep experimenting with this until I find a way to make it work for me.

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      • The third one is definitely a good close-up photo, and I would even call it a nice product photo. Indoor photography can be quite challenging, due to the reason you mentioned… you often have something else in the photo too, so searching a nice spot to take the picture is a challenge indoor. Flat objects can be nicely presented on a woody table or so, but other objects like your doll, you want to shoot them close-up frontal as you did, that is more difficult as you need the good background, and you need enough distance between the subject and the background, to get shallow depth of field, if you aim for this. Outside you often have this distance, and not only this, you also have better light conditions outside… I like for example how the hair of the doll is shiny, due to the lights you got some nice highlights there, that’s why I like the light outside. Photography is a lot of fun, especially the experimenting 🙂

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