You might have noticed, very recently, that my pictures are a bit different, this is because I’ve decided to start taking pictures with my Nikon D5100, rather than my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone camera. Not that the Galaxy S7 phone isn’t good, it is, and it’s worlds better than my retired smartphone, but it’s not quite as good as my Nikon.
While the phone is a lot easier to position in small spaces, and to carry around if I decide to do an outdoor shoot, so long as I’m taking pictures inside, with an open space, there’s really no reason not to use the Nikon.
The photos below have been “auto-corrected” by Photoshop for color, tone, and contrast; the same process for each of them. I know the angles aren’t perfect, but I did what I could to make them as similar as possible for a fair comparison:
I like the background with the Nikon pictures much better; the blurrier it is, the less distracting it becomes, which means there’s more focus on Eve and whatever look she’s sporting.
My only complaint is that the Nikon seems to make Eve’s skin tone much darker than it actually is; the smartphone captures it perfectly. This is undoubtedly user error, a setting on the camera that I just haven’t adjusted properly yet.
What kind of camera do you use? Do you have any tips on how to improve doll photography, short of investing in a lighting kit?