Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tonner Scarlett 'O Hara "Don't Look Back"


  1. Murder! I'm going to have to stop looking, or look several times a day at your posts so I can keep track of all my socks that you knock off! :)

  2. Your work is so beautiful! You have inspired me to try my hand at repainting.

    I would love to see you do a post on your photography equipment. What kind of camera do you use? I know you use photoshop to edit...any other tips on photographing dolls?

  3. Hello Kayte! So sorry for the late reply. Work had to be done. I only got to see your comment now. Thank you very much for that. It is inspiring to get comments and even more inspiring to know that the work inspires others. Okay about your queries. I use a Canon digicam. It's called the Digital IXUS 851S. I am hoping to get a better one but so far this seems to work. I am planning also to get a tripod to help the shaking. The camera allows you to use many functions such as "portrait" which I always use. I never use a flash because it creates harsh shadows. And I also use 2 table lamps to light the doll. Always shoot the doll against a black background. You will see I use velvet often but now it's either against a white wall or a blank cloth. I research a bit on photographs and portraits from paintings or photos by Cecil Beaton (mostly). Then I try to copy the pose, fix the draping of the dress. Photoshop is a very cool tool to fix color and lighting. Everything comes with practice. I try not to photoshop as much as I did before. I was too excited to do that I always overdid it. But you will learn along the way. I use layering in photoshop, liquify to fix the dress, and adjustments to fix the color because the table lamps often eat up the face of the doll with their strong light. The table lamps I use are always adjustable so I can swing the light here and there. And one BIG tip is to shoot the doll thru a lamp that has a magnifying glass (link:http://www.gittas.com/Products/Accessories/Daylight/Daylight.htm)
    which is also what I use for repainting.

    Wow! So you're trying repainting. Let me know how I can help you there.
    Send me your email or ask here. = ) Would be glad to be of help. = ) Thank you very much and I hope I was able to help you! Write me if you need more help. = )

  4. Hi AuntLou!!!
    I like it that you're always here and making time to drop a comment! = ) Feel free to always pass by. = ) Thank you very, very much!


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