Objects were placed in the box and we took many photos of each object. Even if a photo looks great it is worth taking another identical shot and more from different angles or sides. You can't always foresee which one will end up being the most suitable. We tried to be creative with the angles and perspectives we took the photos from. A perfectly composed front-on photo isn't necessarily the best.
Our room had overhead diffused fluorescent lighting, which was sufficient. We did get some minor shadowing due to the location of the box and lighting, but we felt a little shadowing kept things looking real. Photoshop Elements was used to adjust brightness, contrast, colouring and to remove the background. Having a simple and consistent background, such as that of the white box, ensures this task isn't harder than it needs to be. On a few occasions we lined the box with red or green cloth so it was a more contrasting colour.
The photos were taken with two different 2010 model cameras - one reasonably inexpensive and the other quite pricey! They were a 14.1 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 and an 18 megapixel Canon EOS 60D. Both produced great images for our purposes. The auto-focusing of the Canon was superb as it refuses to take the photo if it can't focus!
The overlooked advantage of undertaking this work is the potential re-uses it provides. We now have great digital images of many objects which can be added to their documentation, used with promotions and marketing, in publications, with educational resources, here on our blog, on social media and basically... anywhere!
Want to know more about the doll? Take a look at our virtual exhibit on Toys.