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BJD Photography Tutorial II by Geekisthecolour BJD Photography Tutorial II by Geekisthecolour
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I'll be doing a second part of this that deals more directly with bokeh but I hope this first part is useful ^^
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OctoberV12 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student
ah very helpful!
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Burtory Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I have a sony dsc-h10, cyber shot :/

Can I do something close to this? :0
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
It depends how much it lets you determine your own settings. I'm not sure of the specs of your camera but I know some compacts allow you adjust the F stop etc though ultimately most don't have the same range as some lenses you can get with an SLR so you might not be able to achieve quite such an extreme shallow depth of field.
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Burtory Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I've been changing the settings of my camera.
And I achieved something close to that, but I think I still need to get a new camera, anyway Thanks! :)
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Tea-Origami Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist
What size is the doll on the header?
And where did you get his shirt?
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Adoredoll Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Before I havn't had the slightest idea how these photos are taken, and why I can't get mine to look like this! Now I realize my camera is to simple and hasn't got any of these adjustments. : (

What camera would you recomend to photograph small dolls?

Awesome tutorial, by the way! I'm sure if I'de have the equipment I could get going by that.
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
If you're looking for the level of control with a camera that would allow you to dictate elements of a shot such as the depth of field the only way to really do it would be to get an SLR. Many compacts are great and they're getting smarter all the time but very few if any offer the level of control you get from SLRs.

It's probably worth having a proper dig around and reading up on things but base level digital SLRs like the Canon 1100D generally start at around 400 and offer all the manual control you could ever want, they're a great place to start.
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Adoredoll Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been watching reviews about Canon EOS 1100 D and it's just such an awesome camera! I've been through a few more tutorials, and now I can totaly see why SLR are so good. Thank you very much for the advice!

I hope it is ok if I ask one more thing, What do you think of the Canon 450D? I read it is very much like the 1100D, but it is much more affordable for me. Is it worth to save money till I can buy the 1100 or is a 450D good enough for a begginer for 2-4 years at least?
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
The 450D's a great camera, it's actually the one I had before my current one but it's from what I guess you could call the last generation of Canon's. It's a fantastic camera all round and would definitely serve you well for a few years but there's been a lot of improvements since it was released so technically speaking the 1100D is probably a better camera on specs alone but the 450D is definitely a great camera still.
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Adoredoll Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! You are great to be so nice :)
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Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
This is fantabulous~! I just got my first dslr and my brother was trying to explain it but it was so confusing (and he just wasn't interested in showing me) but now this makes sense!
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Kasuomi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Thank you so much! Never understood it, now I do!
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HumbleluluBJD Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great tutorial!
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benihme-chan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
very helpful! thanks!
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Sabeth-RavenWing Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Very, this will help a lot with getting good shots of my jewelry
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DigitalMaeve Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I don't even have or photograph BJDs, but this was very helpful!
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tr3is Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
This is very helpful~! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Iceechibi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Photographer
Thank you for making this. Finally! I understand DoF to the full potential.
(I want to be a photographer you see.)
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TsukiKyou Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Very useful! Thank you!
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wildefae Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, this is why I'm desperately saving (ha, yeah) towards a 50mm lens that can get nice shallow depth of field. I'm pretty sure my kit lens, while versatile, gets to about 4.6 at its widest.

Although, that 4.6 shot doesn't look bad - Chronos is starting to come into focus without the rug: not the best, possibly, but at a slightly different angle it'd get both of their faces.

Do you use manual settings only?
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yup ^^ I always use full manual though if you're not in a tricky lighting situation aperture priority is also great, especially if you don't really have time to be messing about trying to tweak settings.
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wildefae Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry, that last question is unclear - I'm asking, sort of, as opposed to "aperture priority" or other ways of semi-manual setting and letting the camera do its thing elsewhere.)
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Kichiheaven2266 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Most flew over my head, but i liked the pics!
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
If there's anything I can clarify that would help it make more sense please let me know ^^
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Kichiheaven2266 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Oh no, no, I'm just not a camera person. By no means, am I saying that your explanation is confusing. I'm just not that pro : P
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animeluver97 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
thanks
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fanatical-chick Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
It's been forever since I had my photography class, so this really helps me remember what's what. :> Thanks!
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ChangelingJane Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student
Very helpful, thanks so much!
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Chauu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, indeed! I've been using my mom's old 35mm. My digital camera isn't good at all. DX
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NekoxKurai Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
my friend had been trying to explain this to me and i got so confused, but now it makes complete sense! thanks so much!!
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sugar0coated Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Thanks for posting this XD It's really awesome!

I always learn more from you than college XDD <3
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draw-my-heart-on Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
thanks for this!
thats not the kind of thing my art teacher taught us _
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh? How so? As in they didn't teach you about DoF or they told you something different?
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draw-my-heart-on Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
he just showed us how to adjust light and then made us take pictures of plants in macro :/
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BreakTheRecords Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student Photographer
hi um sorry if it's been asked before but what camera do you use? DoF is so confusing T_T!!
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
As I mentioned at the start of the tutorial I use a Canon 450D, in this case with a 50mm f/1.4 lens ^^
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BreakTheRecords Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student Photographer
oh woopz hehe! sorry i think i might've ... scanned over it T__T"
tys though ^^
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sh11nju Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
mind if i ask what lens u use? been trying to look for a nice lens with low depth of field :/
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Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
I use two different lenses depending on the focal length I want to use, a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or a Tamrom 28-7mm f/2.8, both give really nice DoF but the 50mm definitely has the edge XD
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sh11nju Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
i see, thanks :)

whoa sorry for not reading the lens info on the tutorial didnt realise it was there o_o
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lepositeet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
it says in the tutorial she used a 50 mm f/1.4 lens. (:
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The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Photographer
This is basically what I learned in an entire month of digital photography. Very helpful! You explained it so well! Makes me want a camera that lets me adjust these things again...
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Peace-Sprite Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
I love you for making this. :+favlove:
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kyusai Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Another really great tutorial, thank you <3
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Sheilagold Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for these tuts! I really like them. :heart:
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animeluver97 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
may i just say you rock ! i am waiting for my mother to finish putting the faceup on my doll..... im soooo nervouse. i just got him in them mail this morning >.>
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tirsden Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So thaaat's how you do that... very well explained! Now to have something other than a cell phone and a webcam for dolly shots. :giggle: *is trying anyways!*
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Remiera Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Oh wow.

...I really need to play with my camera now. :P
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syphyrangel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
I need to go play with my camera now. XD
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
really helpful!
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