Came across an interesting discussion in the flickr dollfie dream group where some peeps were talking about how they pose/photograph their dollfies and where they get their inspiration from. Some suggested imitating/copying other person’s works and others said to visualize the doll as if he/she was a real person. I’ve also heard of some people in the twitter doll cluster (JP) who uses women fashion magazines as a reference. Borderline-san, who takes awesome pictures was one of them but don’t quite recall the name of the magazine he mentioned back in May. Can’t really say which is the best solution but from my experience, a DD photographer who wants to start taking interesting pics should use as much as they can to get an inspiration. Fashion magazines shows you the angles and compositions professional photographers use in their photos, watching other dollfie dreamer’s photos gives you the idea how they pose their dolls and visualizing dolls as if they’d lived will increase your improvisation skills.
Things I do to get inspiration aren’t much different from the stuff I mentioned above but one recommendation I should mention is browsing illustration sites such as Pixiv. It’s completely free, updated daily and stores plethora of pics each with different pose/compositions. My iPhone stores thousands of illustrations I saved over the years so I can quickly refer to it when I’m out of ideas.
Another thing I do is to give the doll personalities. I don’t recommend this though because while this makes it easier for you to imagine how dolls will act in front of you, it limits the possible poses they can make.
Another thing I do is to make use of the surrounding environment to the fullest. For example, since Sora/Homura down here is/or was originally an archer and can summon weapons from her shield It makes sense (sorta) that Sora/Homura uses my archery set lying around to perform her version of “Tiro-finale” ;3
What do you do to get your inspirations? (‐ω‐)