Friday, December 12, 2008

Quick Tips for Doll Photography

As you can probably tell, I really enjoy taking pictures of my dolls. I am also getting into the idea of using props and backgrounds to make photographs look realistic — I'm sure you'll soon see some photographs of that sort on here, too!

If you are interested in taking photographs of your dolls, here is a great article on About.com with suggestions to help you out:

Top 10 Tips for Great Doll Photography

I could probably benefit from these tips too, as there are certain things — such as hiding the stand — that I tend not to do. I also need to practice a little bit with the professional-grade Canon digital camera that my husband's brother gave him. I am tired of the flash washing out my dolls' faces!

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Collecting Dolls During a Recession

It's official now — we're in a recession — but that doesn't mean you can't continue collecting dolls. There are plenty of ways to collect dolls in a down economy, as this article on About.com reminds us.

I really like a lot of the suggestions on the list. The very first suggestion is basically to "play" with the dolls you already have by taking photographs, rearranging your displays, and sewing for your dolls. I "play" with my dolls all the time — as you can probably already tell from reading this blog!

I also already use several other suggestions on this list, such as adding clothing and accessories, getting fixer-uppers (my "project dolls"), and scouring eBay for bargains. I also collect certain dolls — in this case, Cosmopolitan Ginger — because they are easy to find at affordable prices.

Just because everyone else is pooh-poohing the economy doesn't mean that we can't continue to enjoy our hobbies!

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