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doll photography is an art by oki-oki doll photography is an art by oki-oki
I tried looking for one of these, but I was at a loss. I think. Maybe I just didn't look hard enough XD


People often shoot off their fat mouths and assume that because they aren't people, they're easy to snap and upload. Not so, not so.

It's not easy to convey emotion through a blank face, it's not easy to make them look real. It's not as easy as you bitch it out to be. Before you bitch, you try. Unless you have, I don't want to hear it.

It's a finely tuned art. If you're going to dis it, remember that the crazy doll people travel in packs.
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OdeToMiniatures Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree, but it seems to me that people who think doll photography, seem to think BJDs. I don't have a BJD, and seeing as how they're more popular, my pictures get pushed aside....
mikaelsknight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love make concept art with my dolls. I work with light and shadow and colors to make emotions in my photos.
Im a artist student and I love make art with my dolls.
Amen. I'm still pretty new to the hobby, but a lot of my more experienced doll friends will tell people that there's a lot of effort put into taking good doll photos. Heck, the few photos I've taken of mine are pretty mediocre and it still took quite a bit of effort getting his poses right.
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yes, it is. I have seen many very beautiful works with doll as the subject.
VanityElric Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never tried with a BJD doll or the like, but I do like to make up my Porcelain dolls every now and then, styling hair and clothes, but never actually painted their faces too much or exchanged eyes. It's hard enough to get them how you want, and although I don't do photography, just the doll process for a porcelain face with hair is really hard.
Photography isn't easy at all, and adding the doll concept, I'm sure their hair, eyes, and clothes won't cooperate. They're very small and painting faces must be a pain the the ass because you need the tiny details ;.; I'm sure many many other things occur, too...

The doll itself, IMO, is an art form, and with the added photography is doubles as an art form because you have to make up the doll as well as take a good photo <3 I'd love to have a BJD doll but I don't think I could take care of it well enough ;w;
RoninNeko Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so true~ I haven't encountered any problems with people claiming my dollie photography isn't art yet, but I'm not all that great, so I don't get a lot of gallery traffic yet, though.

Honestly, I'm a little fascinated that people can even claim that it's NOT art! I mean, really? If the logic is that doll's aren't real, so they don't require any effort to photograph... Well, then wouldn't that make 95% of still life photography 'not art'? @.@
issique Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Student Filmographer
hahaha! I agree totally ^^ 'If you're going to dis it, remember that the crazy doll people travel in packs.'
o0Star-Gazer0o Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Yay!! Very true indeed! I'm lucky enough to have a family that sees it as an art, but other people have a hard time with it :P
I gotta throw this on my profile, if that's all right ;D
twisted3mind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to make a doll photoshoot, I'll upload it on deviantart. If you want, you should watch it :)

just watch me ;)) Hope you'll like it!
spacerogue Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
so true x_x;;;
kami-henjin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
You have something against fat people? I'm tired of bony bitches like you using "fat" as a negative connotation for everything. And are you saying that if someone states that uploading 35 pictures in one day of the same doll they just bought is not art are you are going to flame that person? you really have to work your manners.
Chibi-Penguin-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Could you take that any more out of context? She said "fat mouths" meaning people who talk a lot, she didn't say anything negative about over weight people. And, is "bony bitches" positive in anyway?

Really Kettle, be nice.
kami-henjin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
mind your own fucking business
Pleasesaveheart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
kami.... wow.

Maybe she should do something about RUDE people...

Chibi-Penguin-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Wow. What an incredibly mature and intelligent reply. I don't know how to handle that. You're level of genius is just too much for me to comprehend. You win this argument, I can't compete with a statement like that.
kami-henjin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Chibi-Penguin-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Whoops. Your level of genius**
Heathernaut Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree! I love BJD photography and it's not easy photographing them and it takes real talent to bring them to life in photos. I'm still working on it myself. ^^

Thanks for making this stamp! *added*
nejilover14 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
of course it is! i haven't been able to do it myself yet, but im hoping to soon. i love doll photography! :heart:
Laidbackmonday Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
so true.
Even though I dont have an doll, I can imagine how it is. Haha, have taken som still life photographs. wuite hard. Well-chosen words my friend ^^
xDuanex Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
You are right!
AliceMowse Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Very much agreed!
Anyone who says otherwise has never owned a BJD.
mclaranium Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
I will update my doll photos :slow:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008   General Artist
I think the dolls are beautiful and I agree with you that it is an art.

Some of those photographs are beautifully taken and I know how expensive those dolls can be so I don't blame people for wanting to show them off...

However, it does annoy me a little bit that some people I watch will suddenly start posting 15+ photographs of their doll(s) all at one time. Spamming up my inbox with something I don't even watch them for so I'd say that is about the only negative thing about it.
EmyTheGhost Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
I personally don't like those dolls... but some picture I see of them are great :)
kurama-barton Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008   General Artist
yes. it is like... spraying MSC *dies*
Erandir Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
I'm using it over on my SheezyArt, if that's ok? The doll hating is rampant over there. >.>;;
sjthunder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008   Photographer
Even though I don’t photograph dolls, I definitely consider them as an art form. When I first saw doll photography, I was a little confused. After taking a second look, I fell in love with it. :)
Ningyou-Yume Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah, it really is. Making them look real is truly a task to be practiced. Kudos! :heart:
Second-Person-Point Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I've never tried, but I've seen enough to know that it's definitely an art... *O* ...and a hard one, it seems. :O Maybe one day I'll try... and fail. :P
Anyway, the last line was just so funny... and enough to convince someone who didn't believe to at least keep quiet. :iconwooooplz:
moujinboo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Yup! It is an art :D
It's not easy to make an inanimate object look like something that is part of the natural world :)
krazykat-inc Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
So very true. People don't realize that it's much harder than they think, because a doll's expression doesn't change. It's a blank stare, and you have to use your imagination to find the emotion. Displaying what that blank face is hiding takes skill that not everyone has.

P.S. I know oki-oki moved accounts, but I'm commenting here anyway because I had something to say. End of story.
PetGlory Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
So true, I don't have any dolls myself, but still :]
pamnesia Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008   General Artist
Of course it's art. Each photograph can have a meaning behind it, just like a photograph with real people.
Who would call doll photography not an art? o_o; I just cant understand it.
Scarlet-Kurama Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
I've never tried it but I can appreciate the time and effort required to photograph dolls. I really wish I had the money to do it, it looks like such fun!
Tympany Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008   Photographer
Tru dat.
Very true and awesome stamp :3
VanillaKnight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
...People think it's easier and not art? :?
I mean, sure she won't fuss the material's itchy, but...:lmao:
ChaosAmongTheMisfits Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Tis veryyyyy true! It can be incredibly hard to take photos of dolls! Lighting can be especially tricky with the paler skinned ones...not being able to use the flash can be a pain in the butt sometimes **damn you fuzzy photos!!**

Doll photography is just as good as any other kind, and it really does take some time and patience to get it evern remotely good ^^
shaiel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
wow, great stamp! and how true.
i have a experience with photographing ppl, they never pose that i told them to pose ><. and because of that i always photograph myslef :D.
and now i have two BJDs
and i think that doll photography is an art.

ps. i want a subsscription :D
kaijumama Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this stamp ((: will be using it.
304esque Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008   Photographer
and omg. it's you o_o *just saw your avatar*
304esque Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008   Photographer
lol! pack travelling - the best way there is XD

and it is too and art :(
God knows how many taken doesn't look like what they do in real life, thus rendering the photo shitty at times :(
I'm so sad that some of my photos look awesomer in the camera than in pictures, or that he looks nicer in real life than in photos.

It's hard dammit :(
Fuyunobara Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
using thanks! <3
Photo-Fied Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Well put^^ Doll photography should be considered by all photographers. I hate that people diss the dollies >,<
Namakemono-chan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, someone who understands what real photography entails!!!

I'm not really fond of photography, no matter the subject, but I respect those that take the time and effort to actually pose and create their subjects, instead of just taking a pic of the sky and going, "LOLartOMG!!1!"
KyokoTori Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
If I had a subscription, I would put this in my journal.
If taking pictures of live humans is an art, then why can't taking pictures of fake people be an art? In fact, some dolls are live humans. Although they can't speak or move on their own, their expression tells a story. When people dis art like yours, they aren't realizing what they're saying, which is the exact reason why I absolutely hate most of the human race.
Humans need to be exposed to different types pf art to learn the true meaning of life and also to learn that even a simple line on a white piece of paper is art. The meaning of life is right there, we just need to learn how to reach out and grab it. I like your art because it reminds me of this concept.
AyumiNemoto Featured By Owner May 15, 2008   Interface Designer
HOMG I totally agree with you! Dolls are a hard subject to take especially since they either already have a set emotion face or just a blank one =/ but what I find worst is the limited ability of (or uncooperative) movement sometimes I have to chuck a eraser piece in their joints for it to stay long enough for a picture.
NouStudio Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
It's really the same with all 'art' photography (as opposed to holiday snapshots)... nothing irritates me more than people saying "photography is easy, it takes a few seconds to take an image" or, "you'll pass your course easily, it's only taking pictures".

If only it were that simple.

Mind if I steal this? :3
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Cesia Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Going to use this~
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