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.
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.