Doll photographer reveals secrets of her trade in glossy new how-to book
An acclaimed Barbie doll photographer is looking to reveal the ‘secrets’ of her trade with the publication of a stunning new ‘how-to’ book.
Izabela Kwella from Gdańsk came up with the idea after being flooded with questions from her legion of fans about how she made the dolls look so lifelike.
An architect by profession, the 36-year-old who has over 100,000 followers on Instagram and a string of exhibitions to her name said the idea emerged when she was putting together her portfolio for print.
Entitled ‘Doll Photography: demystifying the art of doll photography’, the 52-page hardback is packed with glossy photos and professional insider tips.
One showing a behind-the-scenes shot together with the finished image talks about how to achieve realistic lighting along with camera settings used.
Another showing a Barbie ‘mermaid’ reveals how to make the best use of outdoor natural light.
In addition to lighting techniques, equipment and post-production, the book also shows budding doll snappers how to pose the dolls so they look natural and how to give the impression of movement.
Kwella said: “After self-teaching and developing my doll photography style, I started sharing ‘behind-the-scenes’ content with my audience. It has become my trademark - sharing my knowledge and experience.
“Inspiring and challenging other artists have become my biggest goal regarding doll photography.
“This book is all about it. It shows my art, demystifies the backstage of doll photography, answers your questions, and inspires you to try.”
She added that the book is aimed at both traditional camera photographers and those using their phones cameras.
In November, Kwella will have an exhibition in Gdańsk before heading to Belgium in June to give a lecture about her craft.
She told TFN: “I think this is my next goal: to share my knowledge and infect people with my passion.”
Kwella’s book is currently on Kickstarter where she is currently 5,000 PLN short of her 40,420 PLN target and is being supported by doll fashion designers and paper artists.
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