ABJD Newsletter March 2014Content
The Shades of Light - White Balance
So last time we covered the basics of how a camera works. This time we'll be covering a little of how lighting works and how the type of lighting you use affects your white balance. I know I said I'd cover composition in this one as well but... it's not going to happen. So this article covers white balance what it means for your images and a little bit on how you can maniplate it to create certain effects.
Probably the one of the simplest things in photography, white balance is simply a way to correct the temperature of light in your shots. As humans our eyes are easily able to adjust to the changing temperatures of light, but camera sensors aren't able to differentiate as well. This means images can turn out blue and lifeless or overwhelmingly orange! Color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin, and the higher the color temperature the cooler the light. I'll include the degrees with the settings below
Digital cameras mostly have pre-made settings for different temperatures of light ranging from cool to warm. Adjusting your white balance with one of the settings can really save alot of editing later. I've upped the saturation slightly in all my examples to give you an idea of how the color tinting can work.
The settings are Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorecent, Flash, and Custom. Unless otherwise state all the images were shot in normal daylight and the settings are from a Canon Rebel.
Auto White balance - Your camera makes an educated guess about what the correct white balance needs to be and adjusts accordingly. (I'm not including an image here because this was virtually identical to my shot using the daylight setting.)
Daylight (About 5200k)
For use in normal daylight well before sunset.
Shade (About 7000k)
This one is for shade and honestly for my camera this and cloudy are so close I can't even tell!
Cloudy (About 6000k)
For cloudy days
Tungsten Light (About 3200k)
And here's where we start to see something change! Because these settings are for much warmer light the image turned blue... I'm a sucker for using this setting in the evening to create a morning light look... this is the setting you want to use indoors under most light bulbs.
White Fluorescent (About 4000k)
Like the tugsten this is meant for indoor shooting. I like that it's just slightly warmer.
Meant for use with flash but looks okay in daylight.
Try combining different types of light and different settings to create a mood in your images. And for anyone worrying about me submerging poor Nightstalker for this shoot, here's her kleenex couture afterwards!!
Artist Spotlight -silverbeam Dev ID
- Silverbeam What you make
- BJD, BJD cosplay, BJD accessories, BJD Commisisons
I create tiny size ball jointed dolls with the method of 3D printing. I specialize in fantasy but I have plans to branch out to bigger sizes and different themes with my dolls. I am also the creator of the ball jointed My little pony dolls I am working with a company so there may be more MLP magic in the nearby future. Creation has always been an important part of what I do and I enjoy trying different joints and features to my dolls truly unique and fun items. I also enjoy making doll sized accessories. From magnetic horns, doll sized cosplay props and commissions. I Put a little "magic" into everything I create.How you got started
It was a happy coincidence. I had graduated from the Digital Animation and Visual Effects school located at universal studios, and a year had passed with no luck of finding work. It was then that I remembered something about 3D printing mentioned in class about the same time I ran across some BJD on Deviantart. I had seen them before briefly but now the fire was ignited and the two ideas had instantly merged together. I started researching BJD and 3D printing and began my work.What influences you
Lots of things, I grew up on Fantasy, reading lots of novels at a young age, I also enjoy a lot of anime/manga and it definitely influences me. Other doll companies like SOOM, talented "2D" artists right here on DA. Right now I was inspired and doing a co-creation and together we are doing a bjd tiny mermaid. I just love to be creative, it is a major principal and goal in my life. Show us your work
Member SpotlightsDev ID:
HelisaDoll names and molds:
Aed [Soom Heliot]
Agatha [BeYours Glisten]
Jackson [Elfdoll Sian]
+ Skipper, my Global Tranz Lensv2 (head)!Tell us about yourself and your dolls:
Hello, my name is Helisa, I'm 21 and I live in Finland. I've been in the doll hobby since 2009 - I'm soon hitting the five year mark. I fell in love with BJDs because of the wide range of things you can do with them: customization, sewing, photographing, crafts, writing... you name it! I have always wanted to be a writer, and I enjoy photography very much - I actually kind of study it... This hobby combined the two, and thus I was kind of absorbed in without really noticing.
My first doll was a Dollzone Hid. He was one of the first dolls that I ever even saw in the internet, and it was constant love, which sadly didn't last for very long. I sold him the next year, and since that I've had quite a lot of dolls that always went to a new home. At some point, I really thought I had some kind of a bonding problem, but the truth is that I just never found the right kind of dolls for myself. Constantly buying and selling dolls was exhausting, but it taught me that I can take things slowly. And because of it, I have finally found the style I want to pursue in this hobby. This all has shown me the magic that happens when you find the dolls that 'click' - I recently celebrated my Heliot's 3rd birthday. In a way, I consider him, Aed, to be my first doll, the first that stayed, and I think we have many years to come! After Aed, I started to find other dolls that clicked, and now my doll family has expanded to three whole dolls: Aed, my Elfdoll Sian named Jackson and my first girl, a BeYours Glisten named Agatha. Even though small, I really love my crew of three - and my floating heads - and this hobby makes me now happier than ever!
I'm also very pleased at what other things this hobby has brought to my life besides creating stories and taking photographs of my darlings. I have also learned how to do face ups and sew, and even though I'm a beginner, I love it! I constantly want to strive for better, to improve. I really want to be someone that people can somehow look up to, like I look up to so many people in this hobby. But, even though I enjoy the love my dolls get, these years in the hobby have also taught me that I'm in this hobby for myself, and no one else.
I really think I will become a crazy old doll lady, who surrounds herself with dolls and lives happily ever after. That is my goal. ;DYour favourite shots of your dolls: How did you get into dolls:
The first BJD I saw was on a Finnish social network, very similar to Facebook. I think it was a doll from DoD, and I really didn't understand it! I had never seen anything like it, and the talks about customizing and changing the doll's eyes made me very confused. I let go of the matter because at that point I wasn't interested enough to do more research. It took a little while, but eventually I got back on it out of curiousity, and after seeing more pictures, I was head over heels over these little pieces of art. After a few months, I bought a Dollzone Hid with my savings, and well... the rest is history!Favourite company:
I don't really have a favourite company in the sense that I only crave dolls from that one place, or that I have a lot of sculpts I like from them. I only have favourite dolls, I'd say. But I also have to admit that there are a few companies I admire because of their sculpting! Right now Dollzone & Doll Chateu are close to my heart, because they have amazing concepts and they cast wonderfully posing bodies! My Jackson has a Dollzone 60cm boy body that poses like a dream, I love it. Dev Id
- ChemicoreDOA Username
- Yuuwaku Name
- I usually go by Ser. So if you feel the need to talk to me using my name; that'll do C:Doll Names and Molds
Arth Lee - Migidoll Ryu/Lati Red hybrid
Vitaliy Lisitsyn - Has been a Little Monica Enrill, a Migidoll Vamp Miho/Little Monica hybrid, and is now to be reshelled...
Anthony Gavin Clarks - Migidoll Ryeong/FDoll/Luts hybrid
Cillian Faye - Unoa L-biTell us about yourself and your dolls
First time I'm doing this sort of thing, so if it's boring, either skip this or bear with me, please <3! Having typed up what I got up till now... This seems to have turned more into a speech than an 'about me and my dolls', so I suppose some short... General info might be an idea. Hi- I'm Ser/Chemi, 20 years old right now, I own four dolls at the moment and got into the hobby in 2011. My first BJD is Arth, which I bought second hand from SleepingLiar
in 2011. This is pretty much when I started with the hobby; after a while of fascination with them. I had been looking for a Ryu, but in that time, Migidoll was a company that only sold heads and no bodies. My friend (or a bit more of an acquintance back then...?) Pindakees
then pointed out someone was selling a white skin Migidoll Ryu hybrid, and even though I was skeptical because of the white skin, I decided to just go ahead and buy it. If she hadn't pointed that sale out, I might never have ended up in this hobby after all...
Even though this hobby tends to feel like a bit of a curse to me sometimes, I'm glad I got (-or was steered) into it. 'A curse? Why would you think it's a curse? That's horrible!' Not to be taken too literally of course, but this *is* a hobby that does cost a lot of money, that can't be denied- try comparing it to a hobby like... Say soccer. Or chess. Movies, reading... You get it. Despite all this; with me being a pretty creative person with no artistic skills whatsoever, the BJD hobby does act as a creative outlet for me. I've made it my goal to try and make pictures of my dolls that look natural. Think of catching someone in the middle of something, and taking a picture; a bit of a spontaneous shot. While I really don't always succeed in doing this, I do try to keep myself motivated in this way and kinda force myself to 'deliver quality'. I don't do the faceups myself, because I can't do it. I don't make their clothes; I can't sew either. This often makes me feel a bit discouraged; 'Why am I even in this hobby? I can't do anything.' If you ever feel this way, I'd like to tell you that you're wrong. Do your dolls have a back story? A name? Do you RP with the characters? If you can use your BJDs as a creative outlet and you enjoy do it, you don't 'suck' at your hobby. It is your hobby after all, do what you want and most importantly- enjoy it! If you're still reading, I applaud your patience and wonder why you're even interested- (but thanks!). I suppose I'll tell you a bit about my dolls now, for real, and then leave you alone again. Vitya was my second doll. It seems something's always off about him though; he's the only one who has been renewed once now- and will be once more when I sell his old form. Gavin and Cillian were delivered around the same time, though Gavin was a floating head. Cillian was pretty much an impulse purchase, one I've never regretted. (Pindakees
' L-bi boy Lennox now has a twin brother, and it's always been a lot of fun.) I feel lucky for knowing friends with dolls in my own country, and am glad I've found this hobby. Sorry for the incredibly chaotic entry; it's part of who I am I fear- and thanks for allowing me to tell my story C:Your Favorite shots of your dolls? How did you get into dolls
I did come across BJDs years ago, but didn't really do anything with it. I was in high school, could never afford them... That jazz... As mentioned before (oops I got ahead of myself), my really getting into the hobby, that would have been mainly thanks to Pindakees
, but Yue-Licious
was also there, and I loved SoftPoison
's work... dA, flickr, etc... A lot of influences in the end, really! Favorite Company
That's a difficult one. Looking at my doll family you might think Migidoll... But I don't really particularly care for specific companies to be honest. To me, every doll is an empty canvas you can do with as you please... So I'm gonna answer this with 'none'! I just like whatever sculpts I like. (Unsatisfactory answer, I know haha...)
Highly detailed props and miniatures in all sizes. I accept custom orders, feel free to note me with your own idea!
SD Migidoll Vamp Miho/Little Monica Hybrid for sale; $680
Comes in normal skin, with SoftPoison faceup; he's in a great state. No yellowing, perfect resin match. Made in 2012. Pictures can be seen in DoA thread, or ask for more. Would like to find him a new home and reshell the character.