Seems like my prospects have shrunk over the past little while. I took these for a friend yesterday. I’ve been wanting to learn studio shooting and this was a small step in that direction…literally. Another learning curve to ride, too.
I never connected with Barbie in my distant youth. I was more involved with Famous Monsters of Filmland at the time and building models of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the like. Having said that, these outfits – a friend of mine found them at a garage sale recently – really are quite amazing, as well as being collectors’ items. The detail and execution, along with the quality of materials used, is quite something.
Interesting to shoot them, as well, as I went “mini” on the lighting, with two Nikon SB800′s and an SB910 hooked into an ORBIS ringflash, and a cheap ($30) and completely unadjustable wide mini slave light. Given the proportions of model to lighting Barbie probably would’ve burst into flame in the real world. Shot against epson singleweight matte paper on a kitchen counter. A fair amount of post work in Lightroom as well, to adjust white balance and exposure after the fact. Oh, and Barbie’s support in a number of the photos is a beer glass – are we surprised?