Monday, September 22, 2014

Nightlife perspective....

Yesterday I did alot of cleaning up of the dollhouse and clearing out of the clothing and stuff piled on top of it. Made room for my lights and stands. I waited until evening to take these photos, with all the little trees and lights lit up, as if the dolls are shopping at night. Enjoy!










Still experimenting with the camera settings and getting used to taking photos at night. No lights were on in the room except for the lights around, really gave a nice effect I thought. I want to do alot of creep night horror goth photos for Halloween and am experimenting about with lighting to get that effect of darkness, spooky, etc. 

10 comments:

billa's dolls and fashions said...

Hi Lisa, I really like how this diorama is getting on. I've been following the progresses and I'm amazed. The detail are wonderful and the framing you can obtain excellent. The lighting for the night pics is perfect (judjing from the shadows). If I can make a suggestion, I would try to use a pedestal for night shots, in order to get sharper images. It will enable you to use lower shutter speed and reduce noise, expecially if you want to make really dark halloween pictures!
otherwise you can try to work on the ISO but noise reduction at higher ISO setting is always a problem.
Night pictures are my obsessions, so forgive me for this extra long comment
Kisses Billa

Lisa Neault said...

Hi Billa- and thank you! I have been meaning to get a tripod/ and I will look into lowering the shutter speed ...this is such useful info. Still learning, and my biggest problem was that glare from the lights. I'm glad you are enjoying my progress here!

billa's dolls and fashions said...

Hi Lisa, glad to be helpful, in oder to reduce blurring in night picture the tripod is the answer (IMHO), as reducing the shutter speed requires the camera to be perfectly steady. I cant' really help you with the glare, maybe to avoid it I think you should to use reflected light. there are some very skilled photographers among the doll collectors community, and it seems to me they all use reflected lights.
Can't wait to see more!

Night Owl said...

Hi Lisa, it looks like shopping in winter a while before closing time, great atmosphere! I look forward to your horror/halloween gothic pictures!

Lisa Neault said...

Billa, I have that FDQ book by Pat Henry on photographing dolls, and I remember she had a whole section on lights, shutter speed, etc. I'm going to pull that out and go over it again. The reflected light sounds like a great idea.
Night Owl, haven't finished setting up everything for halloween & gothic pics, but hope to have that in hand soon.

Night Owl said...

Hi Lisa, sorry to bother you already with a question :-). I don't have another choice than to make my house 50 cm deep (19,69 ") due to no more space, and I read yours is 23 " deep. Although you have one row of rooms per floor, it looks very realistic with that depth. Do you think 50 cm will be to "flat"? I'm a bit concerned it will look odd. I can't imagine what it would look like with furniture (sorry if it's a bit of a strange question :-) ).

Lisa Neault said...

Hi Night Owl. I'm assuming on the metric conversion you gave me 19.69 inches deep, correct?

I will tell you this- 18-19 inches deep is not very deep, if you can go all the way to 20 inches, I would recommend that myself. I have had shelves that held dioramas and not much room for dolls or furniture. I would take your measurements and cut out a piece of cardboard those depth measurements- and then do your furniture placement on it. You will see what I mean when I saw 18- 19 inches is not deep enough- that extra inch makes all the different on depth, especially if you are going to have windows and doors in the dollhouse.
My dollhouse I had originally tried to divide up into rooms but I decided to keep it at three rooms because it was pokey and cramped and the rooms were far too small. In 1:6 scale your dimensions need to be large to accomadate the props and dolls, especially if doing a large scene. You also need it that large for the realism effect. One thing I decided on with my dollhouse is that the three rooms would hold the most 'used' rooms in the mansion, and the other rooms in the mansion would be temporary dioramas- such as the dining room and kitchen, and study and bathrooms, and ballroom. The two lower rooms, the salon and dining room can be switched to other rooms if I want. I hope this helps with your problem, let me know if you need more help!

Night Owl said...

Hi Lisa, yes, that's correct. I was afraid that might be the case, I'll rethink my design and try to make more room so I can make it deeper. Thanks so much for your advice, it helps a lot!

Lisa Neault said...

You're welcome Night Owl! But one more thing- measure the doors in your home, front, back and doors that this dollhouse will have to pass thru = if 20 inches deep is too deep, for the width of your door, it may have to go thru the door sideways like mine- the width on the dollhouse is too wide so we turn it to the side and move it thru the doors to the dollroom that way. Hope that helps!

Night Owl said...

Hi Lisa, thanks! I hadn't thought of that yet! BTW, it's really fun to plan all this :-). I'm also very tempted to buy stuff for the interior already! I didn't so far, but I did buy two residents for the house already :-D. Have a great weekend!