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How to photograph your miniatures – Part 1

July 7th, 2011

Springwood Cottage

Have you ever taken a photograph of your dolls’ house, only to find the results fail to do justice to all the effort and imagination you’ve put into making your house look beautiful? Well, don’t worry, help is at hand in the form of some really useful tips to enable you to take great photographs and then, just as importantly, share them with your family and friends.

So let’s start with the camera you use.

Make it digital

There are so many good cameras around that recommending one is almost impossible, except to say that it should be a digital one.  This has real advantages in terms of sending your pictures via the Internet and sharing images of your dolls’ house with a much wider audience.

How to avoid blurred photographs

The most sure-fire way of avoiding camera shake is to use a tripod.  If you haven’t got this handy piece of kit then any sturdy surface such as a table or stool will be sufficient to prevent the camera from moving when you take the picture.  And because the camera is stationary, you can concentrate on composing the shot you want to take.

Get the lighting right

Always, always try to use natural light and never flash.  If you’re photographing outdoors, the ideal lighting conditions are on an overcast day – this gives a much more natural and softer light than when the sun is directly overhead.  If you’re photographing indoors, use the light coming from a window and always photograph with the light behind you, not straight into it.  That’s because the camera’s in-built light meter will register the brightest light and you’ll end up with your dolls’ house in shadow.

Think about the background

Make sure you only photograph what you want people to see and not items in the background such as plants or furniture or overly patterned wallpaper that are nothing to do with the subject you are photographing.  Try to aim for a neutral background, a plain wall or plain coloured sheet behind the subject.  You could even create some sort of backdrop that will enhance your subject such as painting a seascape on an old white sheet to give the effect of a coastal village.

Part 1: Getting started

Part 2: More useful tips on taking great photographs

Part 3: Editing and sharing your pictures

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