Monday, September 3, 2012

Mini Tripod


I found this over the weekend at a Dollar Tree that isn't close to my neighborhood.  I thought they all carried the same stuff, but this one had a lot of things that mine doesn't carry.  For one, this cute little tripod.


They come in white, blue and red.  There is no center column to raise it for additional height, but the plate can be screwed up and down (or off of) the bolt.  The housing for the legs might seem out of proportion for 1:6 scale, but compared to a real tripod, it's actually not.  Let's see it out in the field!

Tatiana wants to test out her new tripod so she heads over to Jordan and Max's to take some test shots.  Max was out walking his dog, Teddy, and came back to find a photoshoot on his doorstep.

Max is hanging back so that he and Teddy don't get in the way. Besides he likes seeing Tatiana bend over... uh, I mean, he likes seeing her engaged in her work.

The telescope feature isn't very high, but I've taken photos at this level many a time using the LCD screen.  I twisted the plate up so it was flush with the bolt head and then put HandiTak under the camera to secure it down. 

Here are some of the photos that Tatiana shot:

 

Jordan asked to have one of Claudia by herself. ^_^.

Max was completely distracted and Teddy got away from him.

Teddy loves it when that Claudia lady comes over.
She smells different than the other humans.

A group portrait

Final verdict:  The Mini Tripod is awesome.  It is a little on the rickety, wobbly side, but my usual thought applies on something I get from the dollar store; "What the heck you expect for a buck?"

The Extras
Tatiana: Ken tuxedo shirt and pants, Basic accessory pack tennis shoes and belt
Jordan: Moxie Teenz jeans and earrings, Ken shirt, Liv shoes
Claudia: Talking Bratz top and skirt, Fashionista boots, Moxie Teenz earrings
Max: Power Team fatigues, Basic Ken top and accessory glasses, Bieber shoes
Teddy:  Liv collar and leash
Camera: SIS doll set, recolored

38 comments:

  1. Great photos and a really useful accessory. We already have a couple in different sizes (bought at the camera shops over here, cost about $3) but for some reason, my photographers hadn't thought about using them for the dolls. They will now, though! Thanks, Muff.

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    1. Carrickters, you are welcome! As soon as I saw it I pointed to it and said, "doll size!"

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  2. I bought the same tripod in blue at the dollar store a few days ago. I don't think I would've thought to use it as a doll prop, so thanks for the idea. Now I need a doll camera. :) Oh, thanks for telling us about the bead storage sale at Michaels, I bought two of those Darice boxes for a buck, what a great deal, and exactly what I need for shoes and other dolly stuff. woohoo!

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    1. Hiya, Kristi and you're welcome on the bead storage heads up. I almost got the red tripod, but all my "human" tripods over the years have been black or silver. I figured a white and silver one would be a little more realistic in my mind.

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  3. Wow Muff what a great find !!! This cute lil miniature tripod is awesome for your dolly family,they must be super excited! :)

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    1. Hi, Pam! Only Tatiana is going to use it. She's the official photographer doll, only because she came with the camera, lol.

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  4. Great photo session:) I love te camera and the tripod:)

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    1. Hi, Natalia and thanks for commenting! ^_^

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  5. I have the same mini tripod too!! I use it for my camera, but only you could make a so original and creative use!! I'll try to follow your tips! The outfits of your girls are super cool!!!

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    1. Hi, Sergio! Great minds buy the same products, lol. My dolls usually just wear the same outfit over and over, but I felt like changing them since they were going to have a "photoshoot." The outfits are still nice and casual though.

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  6. I'm amazed of the many things you all can find in the dollar stores. Wish I had something like this in my country.

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    1. Ada, you guys don't have dollar stores?! I love being able to get something for a dollar. The products are not that well made, but for someone super cheap like me, they are worth it.

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  7. You know I have seen this tripod in my local DT as well but never thought to pick one up to use IN my scenes! I love how you used the clip lights as porch lights!!!

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    1. Thanks, DLS! My local one didn't have the tripod, but they may have them in stock by now if I want to get some more for "fiddling" with. They sell those clip lights at the Dollar Tree too but I got those particular ones at Big Lots.

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  8. Awesome! I love those shots. And your house just makes me drool! I really need to hit some better dollar stores soon!

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    1. Thanks, Vita Plastica. The Dollar Tree is the only dollar store we have here anymore. Finding that this store had different merchandise than my local makes me wonder what other little goodies I've missed out on.

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  9. I have a few of these myself I used one to make a art easel!

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    1. Hiya, Jay! An easel, huh? Hmmmmmm. ^_^

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  10. Hello from Spain: a mini tripod is awesome. I love your house and your kids in your photos. It has everything a color gorgeous. The camera looks real. Keep in touch

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    1. Hey there, Marta and thanks! I had to use my extra lighting again so it made the colors a lot more richer.

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  11. That little tripod is absolutely perfect for your dolls! Love it! I agree with Marta, the pics have a fantastic color, the extra lighting worked!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Acerico! That tripod is a little cutie.

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  12. wow,it' has perfect size! I see you've used stairs from finger-skate set! this home and whole scenery looks so real, I totaly adore it!

    pervy Max, checking out someone who is busy with taking photos? btw, who are they for each other?

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    1. LOL, Jewel Snake, Max isn't that big of a perv, he just appreciates a fine tushy. Max is single. Tatiana is dating someone. Jordan and Claudia are a couple. Teddy is single. Max and Jordan are roommates.

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  13. Great photos I keep telling myself I will get better my Mom just bought me a new camera to help me along. I love everyones outfits. I always feel that I dont have enough doll clothes. I wonder if thats because I always see someone with something I dont have. LOL

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    1. Mustiwait, my ceiling and all my walls are white. This actually helps my ability to take low light photos without too much of a color cast from other objects. When I finally do bring out extra lighting, it makes it even brighter.

      I use my doll's clothing as sort of a personality meter. I think that's why I'm content to leave them in the same outfit once I find one that reflects who I think they are. Then again, I don't tell stories. If I did, I would be asking the wardrobe lady to beef up the fashions!

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  14. I have thought about purchasing this, but never did....so thanks for showing us how it can be used in "our mini world". Lol! Love your pics!

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    1. My pleasure, Georgia Girl. I hope you can pick one up and show it off to your dolls. ^_^

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  15. How cool is that! Love all the scenes!

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  16. Okay, I am going to look for that mini tripod! Thanks for sharing this news, Muff!

    I love how you integrate the product with your characters and their story. That's super cute, Teddy's reaction to Clawdeen ;-D

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    1. You're welcome, D7ana! I figured a dog would have some type of reaction to a werewolf. Must be an alpha/beta thing.

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  17. The tripod is awesome, but your dio has me drooling. Fabulous photos.

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    1. Roville, coming from someone with your wonderful diorama skills, that is an awesome compliment. Thank you!

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  18. I saw that the other day at my dollar store and was going to get it but opted for a Hershey's instead! The next time I go that way I will have to pick one up, it realy is cool. I love the whole dio too, I need to step up my game!

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    1. LOL, Brini, chocolate trumped a cool mini tripod! I cant say that there is anything wrong with your priorities. Thanks for coming by!

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  19. Cute story and great pictures! Our dollar store has carried these for a couple of years now. I have a mini one that I use for my own camera, mainly to steady my hands. Great idea using it for the dolls. Shantavia has a doll sized tripod, so she's not getting another one.

    Awwww, you have a Teddy, too. See now you're going to make me cry. I still miss my dog.

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    1. Vanessa, my dog has been gone for six years and I still have his bowl, harness and favorite ball right where they are supposed to be. I feel ya.

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