Okay, so we've gotten macro photography and depth-of-field figured out. What's next?
Aside from the technical aspects of getting a properly focused and exposed photo, one of the most important things that affects the realism of a photo is camera angle. Consider photos you've seen of full-sized vehicles. In the vast majority of cases, these are taken by someone standing on the ground holding a camera at eye level. So in photographing a model for realistic results, you need to imitate this as much as possible. Two different camera angles are shown below.
Of course getting low photo angles may involve a bit of acrobatics. I've gotten some pretty strange looks from neighbors while lying flat on my stomach with the camera on the ground photographing models. But the results are worthwhile; some of my favorites have been shot this way.
In part two of this article we discuss various background options in detail. But for now, with the tips we've already discussed (and cooperative weather) you can shoot some very realistic outdoor photos of your models. Here are a few examples: