Tutorial: Backdrops

As you know, I tend to use backdrops quite a lot when photographing my BJD's. I find them very useful, especially when the weather isn't it's best and having the ability to sit on a chair to photograph my dolls at eyelevel instead of getting down on the ground is definitely an advantage to someone of my age!

I generally use a clothes rack behind my kitchen table (but a card table works just as well). Then I pop the top of the backdrop over the clothes rack and hold it in place on the bar with Bluetac and lay the remaining backdrop on the table.

However, today I am using my bookcase behind my ironing board!

As you can see, there's nothing fancy used here, I try and keep things as simple as I can and use things I have on hand.

The rack folds up out of the way when I'm not using it and the backdrops are rolled up together and stored in a PVC tube (we had some left after bathroom renovations).

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T FOLD THEM. You can iron them on the back side if they wrinkle a bit, but if they have been folded they stretch slightly on the fold line and don't iron completely flat.

I don't have a steady hand, so I always use a tripod for shoots. If you need more tips on how to photograph your dolls, drop by HERE, it's a lovely blog and Martha shares some very easy to follow tips that have certainly been a great help to me.


My finished photo with Bon Bon, Truffles and Gum Drop showing off their new pants! I'm pretty pleased with the way this one turned out, as I photographed it RAW and used my photo editing programme to crop etc., before bringing it down to 1000 pixels wide / 72dpi. If you would like to see it at 1000 pixels, just click on the photo.


Taken the same way (RAW), with a different backdrop and edited with a different programme. So I don't think the editing makes as much difference as actually shooting using the RAW format. Love to hear your thoughts, how do you shoot your photos?

Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
X


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  1. Hello Sandy,
    Your pictures are always great and the backdrops really add a lot of life to them. That and the fact that you have a wonderful collection of dolls.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac! However, I still think there is room for improvement with the photography.
      Hugs,
      X

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  2. That's a great photo as ending result of your efforts! Thanks for showing us some back stage photos and tps, very useful !
    It's finally firday, I hope you have a great weekend :)

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    1. Hi Alejandra,
      You are welcome, can't say it's perfect, but if what I do helps someone else, all the better. :)
      Hugs,
      X

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  3. Thank you for the tips! I have been working on trying to set up a little "indoor studio" and I love how simple you made it seem :)

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    1. Hi Farrah Lily,
      I also meant to mention, that in both situations, I had a window with natural daylight behind me when taking the shots. I found that overcame the shadow problems that I have had in the past. Let me know how you get on.
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      X

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  4. The backdrops are so lovely! <3
    Your photos are a pleasure to look at, I like the clothes and the poses of the dolls a lot. : D This post was very helpful, it makes me want to try something like that. ^w^
    Have a nice day!

    ~Uraru

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    1. Thank you Uraru, I am still learning and so pleased you like them. I think posing dolls with props makes them seem more real and at the very least more interesting to look at. :)
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      x

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  5. I like this scene. What were the backdrops originally? Were they purchased as backdrops? I think the pants are do adorable on their little chubby legs! Their complete outfits are just adorable and well made.

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    1. Hi grandmommy,
      They are professional doll backdrops purchased from http://www.raihing.com he has heaps to choose from and they are reasonably priced.
      Hugs,
      X

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  6. The resulting photos are lovely!

    What type of fabric are your backdrops printed on?

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    1. Thank you JS, I'm not really sure, not having printed them myself. I purchase all my backdrops from RaiHing in China.
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