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Jia Jem
07-23-2010, 01:55 PM
This is a thread where you can request links to other tutorials. Please keep all requests in this thread and do not make a new thread asking for a specific tutorial.

Otherwise, this forum will be nothing more than another general help forum. We want this forum to be a useful knowledge base, not a request page. Thanks for understanding. :)

ByeByeBeautiful
08-03-2010, 09:06 PM
I would love a tutorial on where to place strobes during a shoot. I seem to have a lot of trouble finding a comfortable distance and not nuking my subjects. A basic distance formula, that's really all I want!

I've looked on strobist.com, but so far no dice.

Thanks!

FiveRings
08-04-2010, 08:03 PM
I would love a tutorial on where to place strobes during a shoot. I seem to have a lot of trouble finding a comfortable distance and not nuking my subjects. A basic distance formula, that's really all I want!

I've looked on strobist.com, but so far no dice.

Thanks!
Have you tried searching for lighting diagrams? If you can't find anything relevant, we could start a lighting diagram thread where you pick a photo from someone's collection and we could either dissect the lighting or the photographer could explain their setup.

ByeByeBeautiful
08-05-2010, 06:19 PM
I have found some lighting diagrams on Flickr. The idea of a diagram thread intrigues me!

KiraCosplayHai
08-23-2010, 01:55 PM
okay, you have just had a wonderful cosplay photoshoot, you love the shoots, and you wanna edit them, add effects,blur stuff, etc. only to open up photoshop, and you dont know how to use it.(fail, i know.) so anybody got any tips, or a tutorial on how they use photoshop to edit thier pictures? i have seen great photos use it to add efects and stuff, and there amazing!
any help would be aprciated :)

ShiNo_Usagi
08-23-2010, 11:23 PM
I only use PS for manipulating an image (which I don't do too often) Light Room is what I recommend using, it's by Adobe as well and pretty easy to figure out =)
If you want crazy effects though, yeah, You'll want to use PS.

brucer007
08-23-2010, 11:46 PM
What type of things would you like to do with your images? We might be more helpful if you had a process you wanted to understand better. There are artistic effects for creative looks and styles and aesthetic effects to correct aspects that did not come out in-camera the way you wished.

Ashurachan
08-24-2010, 04:35 AM
If you're a beginner, I'd suggest getting Lightroom first, it's a great tool for organizing photos, developing raws, and exporting your work.
Lightroom allows for more precise manipulation of light and colors than Photoshop, without touching the original picture, and as you can copy/paste any combination of settings from one picture to another, it's also quicker when working on a photoshoot, for which you generally want homogenous photos.

Once this work on light and colors is done, you may want to open it in Photoshop to correct some things (removing blemishes, cleaning the bakground...) or because there is some light/color effect you only want to apply to a part of the picture.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you for Photoshop is : ALWAYS use layers while working, and always keep an unaltered background layer until you're finished. Learn how to use layers, as well as layer masks. If you do several edits on your picture, use as many different layers.

For example, I'm currently going through a series of pseudo-studio shoots I've done in July. We did not have proper lighting studio gear or studio backgrounds, so there's a lot to correct. For any picture, I generally have these layers :
* a background layer with the unedited picture
* above it, a layer to correct the background (wrinkles on the white sheet we used as background, dirty floor) ; I mostly use the clone stamp for this.
* above it, a layer to smooth skin (everyone has a different technique for this, mine is to make it extremely smooth, and then put the layer at 50-60% transparency to recover the detail of natural skin under it).
* above it, a "selective color" adjustment layer that makes the whites whiter (in order to even the background even more).
Each layer above the first has a layer mask associated to it, so that the correction only applies to the parts of the pictures I want it to. It's especially handy with the background correction layer : I can do the clone stamp thing very roughly, and then fine-tune as much as I want on the layer mask with the brush and eraser tools.

Hope this helps, and sorry for the grammar ;)

firecloak
11-30-2010, 11:27 AM
What do you guys do when you pose with another cosplayer?

Arm around the shoulder? Linked arms?

I've been doing the arm around the shoulder, but it doesn't work well with tall people.

tfcreate
12-02-2010, 01:32 AM
What do you guys do when you pose with another cosplayer?

Arm around the shoulder? Linked arms?

I've been doing the arm around the shoulder, but it doesn't work well with tall people.

I try to get them to interact with either each other or with something in the environment.
http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/157/5/8/Air_Gear_by_tfcreate.jpg
If they're characters from the same series, I try to encourage them to come up with something among themselves since they will likely know more about the series than I.
If not, I'll offer generic poses or action to add a bit of life to the shot.
The important thing is not to just stand around.

atemluver
04-19-2011, 12:40 PM
i have no clue how to smile for pictures. i am smiling challenged. i'm sure im not the only one out there, but i really need help. i look like an idiot. (//_ _) does anyone have tips or anything to help i would be very greatful. I just cant stand to see my pictures anymore its that bad. and it really is.....please someone help me so i dont look like an idiot!!:bigcry:

Tealeafy
04-19-2011, 03:52 PM
I totally feel your pain. This is a little trick I tried out before my last convention:

Stand in front of a mirror and experiment with your facial expressions a bit. If you want a smile, try a few different ways: a grin, a smirk, etc. Find one you like, then try to remember how it felt when you were expressing it on your face. That way, when you're getting photographed you can achieve the smile you got in front of the mirror by remembering how it felt on your face. It may sound strange, but it does work after a few tries. Not sure if I explained it well enough...

Hope that helps! Have a good time at the photshoot.

edwardskittykat
04-19-2011, 04:16 PM
Think of somthing REALLY funny like inu yasha in a pink tutu then the smile wil come out natrally :D don't try to force it or it won't look right

Ashurachan
04-19-2011, 05:47 PM
Don't force anything. Just trust the photographer to catch that one moment where your smile looks good.

mylilpazuzu
04-19-2011, 06:48 PM
Stand in front a mirror and experiment with your facial expressions a bit. If you want a smile, try a few different ways: a grin, a smirk, etc. Find one you like, then try to remember how it felt when you were expressing it on your face. That way, when you're getting photographed you can achieve the smile you got in front of the mirror by remembering how it felt on your face. It may sound strange, but it does work after a few tries.

This really does work. Like with many other things in life, practice makes perfect. And, when you're posing for photos, don't forget about your eyes. Make sure you look at the camera and don't squint. I used to ruin so many pictures because my eyes were doing something stupid, but I have the problem much less frequenly now. Practice practice practice!

DollWithAGun
04-19-2011, 08:46 PM
I posted a reply earlier, but I guess it didn't go through. I had that problem this weekend during a photo shoot. Here's a quick tip: If you're going for serious/sexy, blow a little air out of your lips so your mouth doesn't close fully. It feels like it looks silly, but it totally works!

ToroSonyCat
04-20-2011, 01:24 PM
Agreed on practicing in the mirror. I'm not very good at smiling and such for photos as sometimes it just looks like I'm some kind of psychopath killer (which might even be fitting if I didn't always cosplay the cute characters) but I find that practicing in the mirror really helps.

Also, try to avoid smiling with your teeth. It's a LOT harder to pull off.

ToroSonyCat
04-20-2011, 01:30 PM
What do you guys do when you pose with another cosplayer?

Arm around the shoulder? Linked arms?

I've been doing the arm around the shoulder, but it doesn't work well with tall people.
Depends on the character and their relationship. If you're doing friendly poses like arm around the sholder or linked arms, are the characters friendly enough with eachother to do that? I think standing or sitting back to back is a good one if the characters aren't particularly friendly with eachother.

Look at photos of those characters together, what kind of poses do they do? Are there any character poses?

For example, me and my friend cosplayed Miku and Gumi from the 'Matryoshka' PV and did the poses from the PV together - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2897475/

If you want to do the arm around the sholder with someone taller than you, get them to put their arm around your sholder and you can put your arm around their waist instead.

atemluver
04-20-2011, 07:51 PM
thank you guys for helping me so i dont look like a total freak! (ll_ _) and braces dont help me much here but still thanks a ton!!!!!

mariotheotaku
04-21-2011, 04:49 AM
I'm looking for a tutorial on some off-flash photography tips to improve portraits during the day time. Tutorials can include bouncing, photographing in the shade and such. Thank you.

cosIT
04-26-2011, 12:52 AM
Looking at a mirror, say the following: "Whiskey"
Keep repeating whiskey. Take note of which muscles you're using.
Once you have that down, make sure your teeth aren't showing after saying whiskey (it's fine if you hide them after you're finished saying it).
You might also want to slightly tilt your head down or up depending on your character's personality. Just a suggestion to add to the shot.
Practice that and it should really help. Post a photo!

Somsai
04-26-2011, 02:47 PM
Try saying "Donut".
Dooonut! O,O <---

RinoaShadow
04-26-2011, 07:44 PM
im like... inept when it comes to smiling.

what i suggest is practising in a miror and getting to know about what sort of smiles look good on you. for me, it's a gentle smile without teeth. with teeth it looks back because my lips are kinda big and my nose sorta... i dunno. but i've conclded that the best smiel i can do is a small and gentle sor tof one without showing my teeth.

freyja3120
05-02-2011, 01:13 AM
Another "word that's like smiling" trick is the word Tuesday. Really just saying "day" should do it, but for some reason I've always heard Tuesday used.

Personally, when I was trying for a natural smile, I would either remember something funny, or think of puppies. Or kittens, or any baby animal really. It's very hard not to naturally smile when thinking of them, although depending on what you're looking for, it's sort of a softer smile.

brucer007
05-02-2011, 09:52 PM
Each person is different like a snowflake. Even though smiles can be similar, our facial muscles react a bit differently..sometime very differently, so I would not suggest one solution for all people.

As a photographer, I have worked with litterally 1000s of people. I found working with each person in a costumized manner gets better results. I tried experimenting with each person's smile and directed them to try different smiles. Some people looked best when they smiled with their mouth closed, especially if their teeth were not so attractive. Others looked best showing their perfect teeth. I found showing the top row of teeth worked well for most. Showing botton and top teeth tends to look like biting.

Then, there is different amounts of smiling. Smile subtly. Smile medium. Smile big. Also try a smirk; smiling from one corner of the mouth.

I did try some sudden humor to make them smile too. That can work well, or it can get out of control looking smiles that either look good or not.

AJV
05-03-2011, 02:49 PM
I know what'cha mean about smiling, because I'm also pretty clueless when it comes to smiling.
I usually put on a dumb (or goofy if you prefer) smile in a lot of pictures that I'm in. ^^;
So far, like some have said, looking in a mirror and practicing how you smile seems to be a good idea.
I've been doing that as of lately and I think it's starting to help.
Also while I've been working on my latest cosplay, my mom's been taking some pics of me and she'll note if I'm making too big of a grin,or if the smile looks forced, etc... and looking at them myself I can see certain things that might be wrong and I try to improve off that.

Well, back to the mirror for me...time to practice more smiling! :toothy:

Hope4love
05-22-2011, 11:14 PM
Looking for a tutorial/tips and advice on how to take good photoshoots by yourself (aka using a self-timer and tripod). Doesn't really have to be cosplay related.

Gabbyv23
05-26-2011, 07:51 PM
Can you dye Ace bandages white? and no, I'm not using them for binding, I'm using them for the cast on my Bakura cosplay =3=

MallowRain
06-03-2011, 10:37 AM
I am a failure at smiles. Seriously. And I'm seriously not photogenic.
I've resorted to cosplays where the characters don't even smile to get out of it. =P

What I found works for me is right before you smile, laugh. Like think of something funny, fake a laugh, something. Try it out in the mirror. Just chuckle and usually you get a very natural looking smile, then all you have to do is work on the timing.

If you're like me and look serious even when you try to smile try lifting your eyebrows. It tends to make you happier. Good luck!

Noir Tsukiyomo3
06-03-2011, 06:42 PM
So there's a dilemma, we have the idea and everything else like equipment, but there's only one problem...

We don't have a location.

For the video, we may have to rent a room, but is there anyway around that? Like what if you wanted to use a room for a film, should you just dress yours up so it can be used in the shoot?
We have everyone and everything else except for Locations for certain scenes.

gazue
06-10-2011, 09:11 PM
Well if you can't smile then try finding a reason to laugh instead! You always smile before you laugh and also if you've ever been in love imagine the camera is the person you like, thinking of something pleasant should make a natural smile come out<3 But remember! Don't force it or you'll look like a barbie, and you want a real smile!

Axelai
06-12-2011, 01:40 AM
That usually comes up in the video brainstorming.

I write out all the scenes on paper, then brainstorm ideas for where to shoot them.

For example, if its a scene in a bedroom, find a friend with a bedroom that would fit the character, then shoot the scene there. If the scene is in a building, find a building in your area that works.

Thats just how it works. You gotta brainstorm ideas of what places work out.

cabusi
06-14-2011, 04:48 PM
this one is tricky for me. i run into a lot of girls who put on the fake smile and it is very noticeable. kinda looks weird too. what i usually do is, tell the model to look away. on the count of three, turn toward the camera and just give a smile. :)

TykeJack
06-14-2011, 08:44 PM
this one is tricky for me. i run into a lot of girls who put on the fake smile and it is very noticeable. kinda looks weird too. what i usually do is, tell the model to look away. on the count of three, turn toward the camera and just give a smile. :)

Something I do is jokingly criticize their fake smile then say "pretend I said something really funny like...POTATOES!" and that usually does the trick.

cabusi
06-14-2011, 10:06 PM
yup. make em laugh. then the real smile comes out :)

GCNgamer128
06-16-2011, 11:14 AM
Why do you have to smile? If you're in a costume, be that character, shouldn't be any harder than that.

tfcreate
06-16-2011, 08:43 PM
A forced smile will tend to look bad. I try to just hold a casual conversation while the session is on, especially if they seem nervous. Eventually something humorous will come up, then you get a natural smile.

ChibiToon
06-17-2011, 05:01 PM
I am a failure at smiles. Seriously. And I'm seriously not photogenic.
I've resorted to cosplays where the characters don't even smile to get out of it. =P

What I found works for me is right before you smile, laugh. Like think of something funny, fake a laugh, something. Try it out in the mirror. Just chuckle and usually you get a very natural looking smile, then all you have to do is work on the timing.

If you're like me and look serious even when you try to smile try lifting your eyebrows. It tends to make you happier. Good luck!

This is the same for me, too. x_x I usually end up smiling really big because I can't do a simple smile. It always comes out looking like I'm serious or upset about something.

The last time I ever did a photoshoot, the photographer quickly got ticked with me just because I couldn't do a "slight smile". I tried really hard for her, but she kept saying "No. SLIGHTLY!" I even tried to explain to her that I could never pull off a small smile, but she just stayed upset with me. Kinda ruined the rest of the shoot for me. :(



CT

BlondieSundae
06-18-2011, 02:28 PM
Usually I try to think of something funny, and just try to smile as genuinely as possible. The only time I have trouble smiling is when I have to take a license picture or something.

brucer007
06-19-2011, 09:29 AM
Letting us know more specifics about what kind of location you need would be very helpful for us to be more helpful to you.

With what you have told us so far, I would suggest, trying all your resources for a free location, before you spend money to rent one.

staceon
06-19-2011, 11:24 AM
I have major smile problems! The only photos where I look natural are big happy teethy grins. But then, my teeth aren't perfect. I just look so awkward when I do a smile with a closed mouth. Some of the tips are helpful! I guess all I can do is practise or make my teeth super white... Hmm. Sorry can't offer any helpful advice! I'm just letting you know you're not alone...

Rose of Battle
06-19-2011, 12:52 PM
Everyone's got their own smile. It took me many years to find my "cute" smile (a genuine smile that's not small, but not super giant, and shows the top teeth). Just smile at yourself in the mirror and you'll eventually find the right smile for you. Your photographer can also help you out a lot. (They're obviously not going to be like school picture photographers who just sit you down, count to three, take your picture, and then move you along.)

ardhri
06-19-2011, 07:58 PM
My BF tries to make me laugh. I've given him heck for it sometimes too, since it can look really strange for some characters to smile (can you really see L or Sesshoumaru-for example-with a full-on happy grin? Not that I've cosplayed either but you get the point).

If it suits the character, I agree that thinking of something funny or even looking at a friend can help. :) Although I find that when I smile TOO much, it turns my eyes into little tiny things and it makes my nose and forehead look funny. Practicing in a mirror would probably help.

xNagi
06-20-2011, 08:46 AM
Try to think something funny. And practice infront of the mirror.

zssfanxxx
06-20-2011, 02:15 PM
It's hard to smile sometimes..I'm actually new to smiling for pictures. :rolleyes:

Kyuushin
07-16-2011, 03:06 AM
Hey world, so here's my dilemma.

Me and my friends aren't photographers really. We don't have awesome cameras and camera equips, nor do we have umbrellas and lights and all that jazz. We're not really aiming for super-awesome-spectacular-showcase-worthy pictures, just some decent pics we're purpose is mainly to frame the cosplay that we make in a fun and creative way.

Oh, and we're on a budget.

So I was wondering if you guys can give me some tips on amateur photography beyond the 'point, zoom and shoot'. My main concerns are:

1) What camera should I invest in? I need something that is fair for a moderate price (no more than 200-250) that I can use both at conventions and for snapping some personal photos. If it has video recording than bonus. If not then it's no big deal.
2) Is there anything that I can DIY for cheap? (Again, tight budget). I've seen those light reflecting white panels and they seem rather easy to make, but I'd like a second thought on that.
3) What are the major concerns I should focus on when preparing for a photo shoot either as the photographer, the assistant, and the model? (We're going to be switching off)
4) How do you normally find places to shoot?

Any tips will do. Anything would be better than that crappy 'blank white wall, yellowish lighting, in a rush convention photo'. (You know what I'm talking about =~=).

Thanks and with love.

Eriol
07-16-2011, 11:09 AM
First, do you know what aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and expsoure. If you don't, I highly recommend reading an inexpensive book, "Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera" by Bryan Peterson. It is a short and easy to read book. Once you understand the foundation, it will help you operate your chosen camera better.

Re: Camera
At a budget of $200-$250, your main selection will be point and shoot cameras. I would look into the Canon Powershot line of cameras.

Re: DIY stuff
You can find many tutorials on making DIY light modifiers, etc. here:
http://diyphotography.net/

Re: Finding places
Read this thread http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201263

Kyuushin
07-16-2011, 10:53 PM
I have absolutely no idea what those words mean, but I'll look them up. Thanks for the book title and the links.

I'm thinking to asking my friends if they want to pool together some money so that we can get a DSLR for our cosplay group, so maybe I'll be able to target the higher scale cameras, but for a personal casual camera I'll look up the Canon Powershot line.

Eriol
07-17-2011, 10:40 AM
If you are able to get your friends to pool money together, then you can get an entry-level DSLR. Canon and Nikon are the most popular brands, followed by Sony and Olympus. The cheapest entry-level camera from Canon and Nikon is about $500 plus tax. It will come with one lens, but you have to buy a memory card to save photos separately. The camera's packaging will tell you what memory card you need to buy.

Good luck!

Rander
07-18-2011, 11:18 PM
For reading, I would recommend the Digital Photography School site to start with, its free and gives you a handle on the basics. Here a link to their beginner articles:

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/digital-photography-tips-for-beginners

Also look at tons and tons of cosplay photos on Flickr and Deviantart. That will give you ideas on locations, posing and composition.

brucer007
07-20-2011, 03:15 AM
Taking better photos does not need a lot of expensive equipment. Start with something decent that is affordable, then learn to make it work. You might consider buying a used DSLR for a much lower cost than new. These cameras get "obsolete" when newer versions come out, but there are some very decent, older DSLRs available. A Canon 20D or 30D might be found in the $350 range. Try looking for some online on Ebay or Craigslist.

Lighting is important, so look and decide if the lighting looks good or not. If not, then move or turn to a different direction where lighting looks more flattering, or whatever effect you are going for. Shooting in the shade often looks better than direct sunlight in the middle of the day. Getting a silver and white reflector will be helpful to bounce light onto your subjects. I found RPS brand to be around $30. They come as a small disc, and fold out to a larger surface; very easy for portability.

Consider everything in your frame when you point your camera. Decide what you want and don't want in the photo. Different angles and different lenses will affect this. Learn about the different lenses and how they can affect your results. Some lenses are wide and show much scenery. Other lenses are like a telescope and concentrate on one or two people, and less scenery.

Aperture: A hole inside a lens that lets more or less lighting through by changing the hole's size. This hole size not only affects exposure of how much light; it also affects how much blur will be seen behind and infront of the subject you focus on.

Shutter: This is like a door opening and closing at different speeds. The faster you open and close it, the less light comes in. Also, a faster shutter will make movement more clear. If the shutter is too slow, camera movement and people movement will be smeared in the image.

ISO: This is the sensetively setting that becomes more sensitive to amounts of light as you choose a higher number. Higher numbers also cause more dots in your photo, so it will be less clear or more noisy looking. Choosing a higher ISO number will allow you to use faster shutter speeds and/or smaller Apeture holes for getting more focusable depth and easier focusing.

Exposure: This is about how bright your photo is from bright highlights, mid-tones(medium) , and dark areas like shadows and dark colored subjects. With different settings of Aperture, Shutter, and ISO, you can change the exposure to be brighter or darker.

HarlequinRose
08-18-2011, 08:31 PM
So my cosplay is going to be the sassy pirate, Tetra from the Windwaker. Her signature pose is having her arms crossed and winking. I know she has some other poses, but how cool would it be to have a winking photo? So, anyone have any tips on winking long enough for a snapshot? And if my brother photographs me, it might take forever! :U

StarlightJumper
08-19-2011, 04:10 AM
Honestly, all I can think is to practice it. It'd be an exaggerated wink on your part, and you'd hold in the most extreme part of it. One thing I notice I do personally when I wink is that I raise my cheek on the side where my eye closes, so when you feel that your cheek is at the highest it'll get, you're probably at the right place to just not move.

brucer007
08-21-2011, 02:00 AM
I can't imagine winking for a photo would be a problem. I know there is a slight delay when using a point-and-shoot camera as it focuses, but I would think most people can hold a wink for 5 seconds without much strain. If not, then wink just before the photographer is ready.

Nighthawk871
08-23-2011, 08:18 PM
Just wear an eyepatch and say you were winking, lol.

HarlequinRose
08-23-2011, 08:56 PM
@StarlightJumper: That's a good idea, I'll try practicing it in front of a mirror. Thanks for the advice!
@brucer007: I'll try! Thanks for the advice!
@Nighthawk871: Ohlol, good idea. xD

bodatheyoda
08-28-2011, 04:10 PM
My dslr is a nikon, but with your price range, you are wanting a point and and shoot camera. IMO Canon has the best point and shoot camera, and on their website, they have a refurbished section you can buy from. http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/subCategory_10051_10051_-1_12163 I suggest browsing around here.

Cassie-tan
08-31-2011, 05:03 PM
Agreed. You really want to consider upping your price range or perhaps consider looking at craigslist for a steal deal.

If you are learning for the first time:
Canon's EOS Rebel line (most likely the T2i)
or
Nikon D40 (Which was my very first camera, easy to use and LEARN! and only 300 dollars)
Nikon D3000

You can try looking at these to see what you like and dislike of each camera.

RickyFromVegas
09-02-2011, 06:13 PM
Rule of Thirds, Golden Ratio helps your photos look more appealing.

Jazzmin-anime
09-08-2011, 10:05 PM
Hey any good tips for the starting cosplayer?

O'Laffy
09-13-2011, 03:38 PM
derp

Ashurachan
09-14-2011, 06:47 AM
Guys, this is the PHOTO tutorial forum.
Please ask in the costume section.

Seority
11-02-2011, 02:09 PM
I normally don't have a problem with smiling, but that doesn't mean all of my photos are goof-proof. An issue I seem to have most of the time is when I want to make a cutsey face. I tend to close my eyes and imitate doing a happy anime face. One that looks like this: (^_^) Since eyes don't naturally curl upwards, I just end up looking like I blinked for the photo. This has ruined some really nice shots.
Would anyone happen to have ideas about how to make more realistic cute faces?

taylorlautner84
11-10-2011, 09:57 AM
This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.

tfcreate
11-10-2011, 09:45 PM
Look like the bots are back....

NiwaNiwa
11-12-2011, 10:28 PM
I normally don't have a problem with smiling, but that doesn't mean all of my photos are goof-proof. An issue I seem to have most of the time is when I want to make a cutsey face. I tend to close my eyes and imitate doing a happy anime face. One that looks like this: (^_^) Since eyes don't naturally curl upwards, I just end up looking like I blinked for the photo. This has ruined some really nice shots.
Would anyone happen to have ideas about how to make more realistic cute faces?

Smile with the outer corners of your mouth~! not the middle part
try squinting the lower part of your eye too :O?

HappehPills
11-14-2011, 02:02 PM
I was wondering if you had any advice on how to shoot people up-close that have 'panda eyes' or bags under their eyes?

What kind of poses or angles could they do to make it less noticeable?

Of course, wearing concealer and such, obviously. XP

Ashurachan
11-15-2011, 03:53 AM
The key is to have a light source that does not come from above the person. For example an on or off camera flash, a window, or a reflector.
Also, when it's not enough, Photoshop > patch tool.

HappehPills
11-15-2011, 12:00 PM
@Ashurachan Ah, thank you! See, I had no clue, I actually thought a lighting from above helped. @_@U

So you're advice is to make sure that the lighting then comes from the side? oxo Avoid both light above and below the person, right?

VoidnNull
11-15-2011, 06:39 PM
You can have light from above, but it really depends on the relative angle to of the light to the subject. If the angle is too steep, then have the raccoon eyes. Butterfly lighting is a example of when you have a light that's straight on and above the subject.

Just take a look at this vid, it pretty much explain how to do basic light.
http://www.petapixel.com/2011/11/12/five-basic-lighting-techniques-for-studio-portraiture/

HappehPills
11-16-2011, 12:46 AM
Thank you VoidnNull, watching the video right now!

awsomefan
11-29-2011, 03:16 PM
I know I have been on this web site for some time and have read on how to upload a profile picture , so it needs a 200x200 which is all fine and dandy but why is it when ever I crop my photo it never seems to let me make it so its always like 11 off and when i try to correct it on photo bucket it gose 198x200 or 200x211 can someone help me out.

Tenchi Fan
11-29-2011, 04:16 PM
Post a link to the image.

awsomefan
11-29-2011, 06:03 PM
here is the link http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/g376/awsomefan/?action=view&current=312753_316940094985279_100000078745452_140 3730_422290720_n.jpg#!oZZ3QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2F s1098.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg376%2Fawsomefan% 2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D211851_100000078745 452_587544205_n.jpg

Tenchi Fan
11-29-2011, 06:37 PM
The image is not cropped to a square. Either have to crop smaller or expand the shorter side.What software did you use to crop?

I cropped the bottom to equal 200X200 (http://faidoi.smugmug.com/Other/2010/11166635_2r3hGh/1608799121_tF39rmr/A) . Just follow the link and right click "Save".

awsomefan
11-29-2011, 08:37 PM
The image is not cropped to a square. Either have to crop smaller or expand the shorter side.What software did you use to crop?

I cropped the bottom to equal 200X200 (http://faidoi.smugmug.com/Other/2010/11166635_2r3hGh/1608799121_tF39rmr/A) . Just follow the link and right click "Save". thank you so much.

Trancyhivepro
12-11-2011, 06:45 AM
I know vocaloid isnt an anime so how would I pose for kagamine Len Imitation Black Version. Ive seen vids but still.....ugh this is for ALA :confused:

nana-chan00
12-13-2011, 02:28 AM
Do you have a Kaito of Gakupo or are you by yourself?

ChibiBel
12-13-2011, 05:27 AM
any suggestions for anyone who finds winking a challenge? :(
Everytime I wink I either look like I'm dying, sucking on a lemon, or just stupid.
Some people can wink easily, some can't I guess.
Wish there could be some trick or something to learn lol

SparrowRayne
12-13-2011, 08:05 AM
If it's closing one eye for a long period of time that gets you, Close both eyes, prep face, and open one eye.

If it's wondering if you look good while winking, close one eye, prep face, and see which face you like best for winking. My favourite is an open mouthed smile.

If it's you have a problem closing your eyes all the way (my ex BF had this problem. He used to sleep with his eyes half closed. Really freaky. ><), Eyeliner and mascara and/or fake lashes will be your friend. The extra black gives you the illusion of a closed eye. If you hate/have trouble applying make-up, tilt your face up or down in a mirror while closing one eye, til you can see the white.

For those that over-wink, relax. Close an eye gently. If you can't do that, see the beginning of this post.

firecloak
12-13-2011, 07:55 PM
I think it helps if you tilt your head slightly too.

ChibiBel
12-14-2011, 09:40 PM
If it's closing one eye for a long period of time that gets you, Close both eyes, prep face, and open one eye.

If it's wondering if you look good while winking, close one eye, prep face, and see which face you like best for winking. My favourite is an open mouthed smile.

If it's you have a problem closing your eyes all the way (my ex BF had this problem. He used to sleep with his eyes half closed. Really freaky. ><), Eyeliner and mascara and/or fake lashes will be your friend. The extra black gives you the illusion of a closed eye. If you hate/have trouble applying make-up, tilt your face up or down in a mirror while closing one eye, til you can see the white.

For those that over-wink, relax. Close an eye gently. If you can't do that, see the beginning of this post.

This is probably the most helpful "how to wink" description I've ever read, it helped me out alot actually! :bigtu:

-Luka-
12-20-2011, 01:46 AM
i'll be cosplaying as Len too ^^ i just look at cosplay pics and the Imitation Black video

MikotoChanHeart
12-22-2011, 09:08 AM
I sugust you look at pictures and stuff. i'll be a Len too , and thats what im doing. :\

Trancyhivepro
12-23-2011, 02:01 AM
I do have a gakupo and kaito buty kaito wont be cosplaying for vocaloid. But ill have my gakupo ....if her wig comes in time. @ Luka really? We should take pics then together ^^ if any of you lens have a fb im CielTrancyhive on it , my prof pic is Len hehe. I ll keep looking at pics and vids then. @ mikotochan are you goin to ala? If so you me and luka should take pics together itd be awesome ^^

levelsixtyseven
12-25-2011, 03:55 AM
Imitation Black seems to be more serious tone and darker atmosphere.

Reference images like:
http://www.myfconline.com/character_avatars/214693_124233.jpg
or..
http://static.zerochan.net/full/12/14/93212.jpg

Just by a quick google search, it seems the best expression to suit this version of Len are nonchalant slightly sad faces. I'd say play with your hands and arms. Let them dangle in the air or on your face. For posing I generally don't like the cosplayer just straight ahead standing. So try fun things like sitting and leaning. Or if you are standing, stand sideways and tilt your head. Really posing is just having fun with the character. Just get a lot of reference photos and research your character so when it comes getting your photo taken your body will feel more natural doing that pose.

nana-chan00
12-26-2011, 03:15 AM
Ok awesome! With your Gakupo you can have him behind you holding onto one of your hands a bit away from your body and the other on your waist as he leans his face close to your cheek and your eyes can be looking away. If you want since I'm going to ALA I can help show you some poses since I've thought of a few.

Trancyhivepro
12-26-2011, 03:22 AM
Imitation Black seems to be more serious tone and darker atmosphere.

Reference images like:
http://www.myfconline.com/character_avatars/214693_124233.jpg
or..
http://static.zerochan.net/full/12/14/93212.jpg

Just by a quick google search, it seems the best expression to suit this version of Len are nonchalant slightly sad faces. I'd say play with your hands and arms. Let them dangle in the air or on your face. For posing I generally don't like the cosplayer just straight ahead standing. So try fun things like sitting and leaning. Or if you are standing, stand sideways and tilt your head. Really posing is just having fun with the character. Just get a lot of reference photos and research your character so when it comes getting your photo taken your body will feel more natural doing that pose.


Thankyou sooo much for your advice I will take what I learned from you and use it. My cosplay is on its way so when it gets here I will practice with it on. Ive been reasearching this versions story as well as len but as soon as I get my cosplay ill post pics tho im waiting for my wig. Again thanks soo much for the advice ^^ <3:sunburn:

Trancyhivepro
12-26-2011, 03:23 AM
Imitation Black seems to be more serious tone and darker atmosphere.

Reference images like:
http://www.myfconline.com/character_avatars/214693_124233.jpg
or..
http://static.zerochan.net/full/12/14/93212.jpg

Just by a quick google search, it seems the best expression to suit this version of Len are nonchalant slightly sad faces. I'd say play with your hands and arms. Let them dangle in the air or on your face. For posing I generally don't like the cosplayer just straight ahead standing. So try fun things like sitting and leaning. Or if you are standing, stand sideways and tilt your head. Really posing is just having fun with the character. Just get a lot of reference photos and research your character so when it comes getting your photo taken your body will feel more natural doing that pose.


Thankyou sooo much for your advice I will take what I learned from you and use it. My cosplay is on its way so when it gets here I will practice with it on. Ive been reasearching this versions story as well as len but as soon as I get my cosplay ill post pics tho im waiting for my wig. Again thanks soo much for the advice ^^ <3

Trancyhivepro
12-26-2011, 03:31 AM
Ok awesome! With your Gakupo you can have him behind you holding onto one of your hands a bit away from your body and the other on your waist as he leans his face close to your cheek and your eyes can be looking away. If you want since I'm going to ALA I can help show you some poses since I've thought of a few.

I would plove for you to help me at ALA youll notice me ill be the only imitation black len with a gakupo. Will you be coaplaying as Len Too? If so coolness^^ cant wait to meet you. Hey if you have a fb add me im ciel Trancyhive on it. Ohh if you need a room I have space Left ^^

nana-chan00
12-26-2011, 03:45 AM
I would plove for you to help me at ALA youll notice me ill be the only imitation black len with a gakupo. Will you be coaplaying as Len Too? If so coolness^^ cant wait to meet you. Hey if you have a fb add me im ciel Trancyhive on it. Ohh if you need a room I have space Left ^^

Alright, I'll look for you ^^
Which day were you planning this cosplay?
I might end up doing Len, same version, if my Miku/Mikuo wig doesn't get here before then, or might do IB Kaito.
I look for you on FB!
Man I wish I could, my friend complicated our weekend by adding more people to the mix so we have to drive everyday now >.>

Trancyhivepro
12-26-2011, 05:49 PM
on saturday of the vocaloid gathering. oooh do either len or kaito then ill have a kaito and gakupo ^^. well you guys could stay with us in our room so u dont have to drive. itd 40.00 its at the marriot where the cons being held.

nana-chan00
12-26-2011, 08:08 PM
on saturday of the vocaloid gathering. oooh do either len or kaito then ill have a kaito and gakupo ^^. well you guys could stay with us in our room so u dont have to drive. itd 40.00 its at the marriot where the cons being held.

Yikes saturday, thats my busiest day. Well I can try changing into IB for the gathering, hopefully. That would be swell but we have like a horde of people tagging along now -sigh-
It's soooo tempting

-Luka-
12-28-2011, 10:20 PM
I do have a gakupo and kaito buty kaito wont be cosplaying for vocaloid. But ill have my gakupo ....if her wig comes in time. @ Luka really? We should take pics then together ^^ if any of you lens have a fb im CielTrancyhive on it , my prof pic is Len hehe. I ll keep looking at pics and vids then. @ mikotochan are you goin to ala? If so you me and luka should take pics together itd be awesome ^^yea we should take pics together that would be so awesome..i do have a FB i just added you

RioJDN
12-29-2011, 09:01 PM
Imitation Black seems to be more serious tone and darker atmosphere.

Reference images like:
http://www.myfconline.com/character_avatars/214693_124233.jpg
or..
http://static.zerochan.net/full/12/14/93212.jpg

Just by a quick google search, it seems the best expression to suit this version of Len are nonchalant slightly sad faces. I'd say play with your hands and arms. Let them dangle in the air or on your face. For posing I generally don't like the cosplayer just straight ahead standing. So try fun things like sitting and leaning. Or if you are standing, stand sideways and tilt your head. Really posing is just having fun with the character. Just get a lot of reference photos and research your character so when it comes getting your photo taken your body will feel more natural doing that pose.

I admire you're effort to search for it. You have a good point there on your suggestion about the poses. I really think it will work perfectly especially the nonchalant slightly sad faces you mentioned.

RioJDN
12-29-2011, 09:05 PM
You can try asking a friend to take stolen shots while you feel your character / costume. Someone taking your photos will help lessen your consciousness on your smile. It will help produce a more natural look on the pic.

Trancyhivepro
01-02-2012, 03:43 AM
Yikes saturday, thats my busiest day. Well I can try changing into IB for the gathering, hopefully. That would be swell but we have like a horde of people tagging along now -sigh-
It's soooo tempting



You did? Whats ur name on fb?

Trancyhivepro
01-02-2012, 03:48 AM
You did? Whats ur name on fb?

yea we should take pics together that would be so awesome..i do have a FB i just added you



Wats ur fb name?

levelsixtyseven
01-04-2012, 02:36 AM
Thankyou sooo much for your advice I will take what I learned from you and use it. My cosplay is on its way so when it gets here I will practice with it on. Ive been reasearching this versions story as well as len but as soon as I get my cosplay ill post pics tho im waiting for my wig. Again thanks soo much for the advice ^^ <3:sunburn:

Glad I could help! Poses are tough. The best is to be really relax and have a good conversation with your photographer- so it doesn't feel like a shoot! I would love to see your photos. Len is awesome!

MikotoChanHeart
01-05-2012, 06:43 PM
Im going to a con in early and have NO IDEA how to pose.
At my last con i was Maka Albarn from Soul Eater and i no good poses what so ever :|I wantthis to be better. I mean,i'll have my Rin, who is good at cosplaying and has cosplayed for a few years now, but still. :|

Paper-Doodle
01-05-2012, 07:25 PM
Since you have a Rin cosplayer with you. Look up images of the two together and try to mimic the poses they are doing (preferably the official pictures poses...fan poses could get....awkward. haha) Try to practice a little before a con in front of a mirror so you will see how it looks a little. Good Luck!

Such as:

http://images.wikia.com/vocaloid/images/b/bb/Ofclboxart_cfm_Kagamine_RinLen-illu.png

kirbykirb
01-05-2012, 07:36 PM
Aw that's adorable ^___^

it's quite simple really, the best way is practice and practice. A tripod w/ camera on a timer is the best way to mimic nice looking pictures.

But also don't forgot that being natural is good too ^^ rin/len share a platonic relationship so just be normal and let the photographers flock!

erikisafail
01-05-2012, 10:35 PM
So, I'm cosplaying Prussia from Hetalia and I have NO clue how to pose as him. I'll be wearing his Gakuen Hetalia outfit and his Halloween outfit from two years ago. We'll be doing one photoshoot in a classroom, one photoshoot at a park, and one photoshoot in the mansion part of a local museum that no one ever goes to, and I'll have an Austria and a Hungary. As far as props, I'll have his pitchfork, Hungary will have her frying pan, and Austria will be propless. If anyone could give me some pose suggestions, I'd appreciate it! Also, pose ideas for cons and any reference photos would make me happy ��

xAbbiChanx
01-11-2012, 04:03 PM
I can't help you suggestions-wise, sorry. I CAN however, bump this thread up :3

BUMP

XxChibiArtistxX
01-11-2012, 06:12 PM
When I cosplayed Prussia (Halloween Prussia, to be exact) For pictures I'd pose in an 'I'm better than you' sort of way XD (I suck at explaining poses haha..) but really in a photoshoot, I find most poses come naturally, based on your surroundings/other people with you. Just try not to look too 'posed' and stuffy, or it'll look forced.

My best advice is to get in character a little before the shoot, and just rock it! :D Take some funny pictures first to get the hang of it, then onto more serious ones if you want :) Have fun with it, get creative, and your pictures will turn out great!

belligerent
01-15-2012, 03:34 PM
Prussia has (or is convinced he has) five meters of awesome in his pants. Keep this in mind when posing at all times. You probably can't overdo it.

animenerd93
01-15-2012, 11:58 PM
Also a favorite is to do the hungary attacking prussia shot (so many different things could be done) you could also do the thing where guys shrug next to each other w austria

XxSora145xX
01-17-2012, 12:02 PM
I'm going to cosplay Cis (she's an android, hence no emotion) and I need help for how to pose and what (if there's anything) I can do different facially. I'm going to have a Keith cosplayer with me, so at least there's someone I can sort of interact with. Ideas?

Starlit Rose
01-18-2012, 08:59 PM
Hmm...I don't recall her ever showing emotion so if you want to stay in-character then you don't have a lot of options there. She basically keeps a completely serious/straight face all the time. If you wanted you could try and convey some emotion while sticking to her unchanging expression, you could use camera angles and direction of your eyes to sort of skirt that (ex. keeping the straight face while looking up at Keith could look like curiosity, or something like that). I guess it just depends on what you want to do with the shoot. Do want it to seem kind of romantic, or what are you going for? To me it seems like your Keith will be the one that will have to do most of the posing since Cis just kind of reacts to everything all deadpanned. lol Sorry, not much help!

Entrekin
01-19-2012, 10:46 PM
Still behind on my list of to watch, so I haven't watched the show.
But just from "android, hence no emotion"
I would just go with a straight face. Closed mouth type and let the camera and the cosplayer eyes portray the emotion wanted.

Mademoiselle
01-23-2012, 02:54 PM
My issue is that I'm extremely shy and it causes my smiles to look very forced. When I got back all of my senior pictures there were only two at the very end that had a genuine smile. Of course, it doesn't help that every photographer I've ever worked with gets annoyed because I'm difficult to work with. I can't help it! My shyness...it's debilitating. (//_ _)

After about an hour I get more comfortable with them but by that point the shoot's pretty much over. Does anyone have any suggestions of what I could do to try and hide my nerves from my smile/expression?

Ashurachan
01-24-2012, 04:30 AM
If you can't smile naturally, don't force it. Concentrate on acting your character, and expressions should follow naturally.
I'd also recommend that you find a photographer you're comfortable with, and stick with him/her for your future photoshoots. Knowing each other does help a lot ! I like the challenge of having to work with someone I don't know, but my best shoots are generally with friends : the less time I spend figuring out how to communicate efficiently, the more I have for photography itself.

AndiAndi-chan
01-27-2012, 06:26 AM
It'll be so cool to see a Cis cosplay! But... yes, it is hard to portray characters that lack emotion. It was much the same with my Echo cosplay. All of it has to be in the eyes. You have a couple of options here: Be extremely true to character and look deadpan throughout the shots. I find that look best achieved when you look through something-- like when you're looking at someone but you start thinking about something else and your eyes blur? A bit like that. The other option is to show emotion in your eyes, and only your eyes which is a lot harder to pull off but is a lot more engaging. For example, for shots when you have Keith near you, think of really happy thoughts-open up your eyes! Try to capture that happy glint. If you have a couple of shots where you're alone, or a shot of Keith walking a way you'll want to look sadder, maybe even downcast your eyes. I wish you luck with whatever you do, but a little tip I suggest is smiling just a little bit otherwise you might looked stoned more than anything.

I hope this helps, although it's probably what you know already. :)

bcmilk
01-28-2012, 06:24 AM
I'm getting about three props with me - small ones.
I was wondering how I should go about posing with these. Should I use them for one shoot and then move on and use another for another or change props whilst posing for photos?

How would you do it? Any suggestions or advice will be great. Thanks :D

firecloak
01-29-2012, 12:50 AM
I would alternate between them

tereshkova2001
01-31-2012, 06:26 PM
For casual hallway photos, I'd just trade off. Pose with one for the first few requests, then switch to another for the next several. Unless someone specifically asks for a certain prop, you don't want to make them take more photos than they want.
That's what I do for poses, anyway: some action, some cute, back to action, whatever I feel like.

scarlettwolff
02-03-2012, 08:25 AM
When I cosplayed Prussia I basically kept all my posing to being extremely smug. You mainly just need to look like you're the best and that you're just so freaking awesome. As well as you could try doing poses hitting on Hungary and the repercussions of that.

LightKanako
02-12-2012, 03:23 PM
She's a really interesting character, and most cosplayers I've seen of her don't do a very good job with the poses, so it doesn't really look like 'her.' In my opinion, this makes or breaks the character and I want it to be perfect- or close to it haha! What are your guys's suggestions? :3

Entrekin
02-12-2012, 08:15 PM
Well it really depends on if you are using the pose for just around the con or if you are in an actual photoshoot of some sort.
Either way, I would suggest Google or searching the internet of fan art, snap shots ,screen captures of the anime and see what is common for poses or something she does often.
Since her character is a maid, just searching poses for maids would be a secondary suggestion and options.

As for you not liking the other cosplayers posing, what is wrong with them? Think of how you could take their pose and make it better. Sometimes that would be simple and easy for finding and creating poses.

MairuxKurunee
02-12-2012, 11:42 PM
She's a strong character, so she would probably be walking straight.
"Body language for a proud person" should be a good term to google.

I'm having trouble thinking of poses as well. (our characters are similar-~) Good luck >w<

lawrah-jayne
02-13-2012, 01:53 PM
You really don't need an expensive camera, I bought mine off Amazon for around 100 ($150) and the photos that have come out have been really good. As for where to shoot, I always think nature shots look nice, if in a convention, how about having the person you are photoing in front of a crowd and blurring the back ground slightly? Before you actually take the photos take a day to just take random pictures of things to get used to the camera, that way you will be more relaxed when it comes to taking the photos. Hope I helped ^^

LightKanako
02-13-2012, 06:26 PM
Well it really depends on if you are using the pose for just around the con or if you are in an actual photoshoot of some sort.
Either way, I would suggest Google or searching the internet of fan art, snap shots ,screen captures of the anime and see what is common for poses or something she does often.
Since her character is a maid, just searching poses for maids would be a secondary suggestion and options.

As for you not liking the other cosplayers posing, what is wrong with them? Think of how you could take their pose and make it better. Sometimes that would be simple and easy for finding and creating poses.

I'm going to be doing both a photoshoot and attending a convention. :3

I've searched google quite a bit, but never really thought of just looking at maids and thinking of how I would make others' poses better. That's really great advice! Thank you!

LightKanako
02-13-2012, 06:31 PM
She's a strong character, so she would probably be walking straight.
"Body language for a proud person" should be a good term to google.

I'm having trouble thinking of poses as well. (our characters are similar-~) Good luck >w<

You're right. :3 I think that a lot of "hands on hips" poses, "arms folded" standing tall ones will work. But she's a 'tsundere' so I should probably do a few cutesy/embarrassed poses too.


Thank you! and good luck for you as well. Who are you cosplaying?

MairuxKurunee
02-13-2012, 07:00 PM
You're right. :3 I think that a lot of "hands on hips" poses, "arms folded" standing tall ones will work. But she's a 'tsundere' so I should probably do a few cutesy/embarrassed poses too.


Thank you! and good luck for you as well. Who are you cosplaying?

*points to signature* xD
Huah hah hah hahaha!
I am Makise Kurisu, the mad scientisto tsundere-chan!
Check out Feyris Nyan Nyan~! She has alot of cute maid poses- although she isn't so tsundere.
For the photoshoot:
If you could find an Usui, and have him hold you princess-style, while you be as flustered and mad about it - would be sooo cute xD Or have him kneel down, as if he was going to give you a piggy back ride, but you just stand a few feet away, and look at him confused.
Making cupcakes or cookies and giving them out to people is a good idea too. End it with "See you again, master!" "Come back soon!-nyan!" or something xD

LightKanako
02-13-2012, 09:22 PM
*points to signature* xD
Huah hah hah hahaha!
I am Makise Kurisu, the mad scientisto tsundere-chan!
Check out Feyris Nyan Nyan~! She has alot of cute maid poses- although she isn't so tsundere.
For the photoshoot:
If you could find an Usui, and have him hold you princess-style, while you be as flustered and mad about it - would be sooo cute xD Or have him kneel down, as if he was going to give you a piggy back ride, but you just stand a few feet away, and look at him confused.
Making cupcakes or cookies and giving them out to people is a good idea too. End it with "See you again, master!" "Come back soon!-nyan!" or something xD
I just looked her up, she looks like an awesome character! I hope to see pictures of you :3 We should be friends! well..internet friends?

Haha I will do that!

Oh myyyy o///o; the funny thing is, this dude I really like looks SO much like Usui, but... I....I think I'd die asking him to do that for me. x///x

Kawaiichibiz
02-14-2012, 12:32 AM
Practice in the mirror until you have a couple expressions you like and know the feeling of, then with any camera take a few practice pictures so you can see how they look on camera. (think about face angles too!) If that doesn't work, right before taking a picture think of something cute, or funny... If you're still having trouble, have someone be there who knows how to make you smile. Remember with the exeption of a few pictures, you usually don't want to look like you're holding back a huge laugh, or like you just busted out laughing, so if someone's there trying to make you smile, make sure they aren't telling you things that are too funny...or you may look like this...
http://webdiscover.ru/uploads/posts/2011-12/5480_1323180194.jpg

Kawaiichibiz
02-14-2012, 12:54 AM
Here are some pictures of prussia I found that really do a good job portaying his personality, you could try posing like them.
Here (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1024&bih=599&tbm=isch&tbnid=qsktJouqOSA0ZM:&imgrefurl=http://blingee.com/blingee/view/126176939-Prussia-Halloween&docid=6Jg9OHzSEPu4iM&imgurl=http://image.blingee.com/images18/content/output/000/000/000/785/742080222_928703.gif%253F4&w=400&h=393&ei=zPM5T8_LM8W_2QW0ueCyCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=641&vpy=128&dur=2546&hovh=223&hovw=226&tx=134&ty=150&sig=113369637044461744683&page=1&tbnh=129&tbnw=131&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0)
Here (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1024&bih=599&tbm=isch&tbnid=dTuAXpu_z7qgYM:&imgrefurl=http://cosplayadiction.foroactivo.com/t25-telas-para-el-cosplay-de-prussia-halloween&docid=Ln1d0hZWuG3clM&imgurl=http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/3788/327366.jpg&w=930&h=998&ei=zPM5T8_LM8W_2QW0ueCyCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=316&vpy=234&dur=5000&hovh=233&hovw=217&tx=148&ty=155&sig=113369637044461744683&page=1&tbnh=118&tbnw=110&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:16,s:0)
Here (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=599&tbm=isch&tbnid=jScmdYoRyhzqXM:&imgrefurl=http://ichigojuicebox.deviantart.com/&docid=yvzehAXY5KH0AM&imgurl=http://th03.deviantart.net/fs70/300W/f/2011/195/2/0/the_awesome_prussia_hetalia_by_ichigojuicebox-d3reqez.jpg&w=300&h=424&ei=JPU5T9SGE8OW2AWrrYCpCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=243&vpy=132&dur=1935&hovh=267&hovw=189&tx=126&ty=153&sig=113369637044461744683&page=4&tbnh=120&tbnw=85&start=72&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:21,s:72)
And here! (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1024&bih=599&tbm=isch&tbnid=h4R0g9vop2WOiM:&imgrefurl=http://yolapeoples.deviantart.com/&docid=rPC2oNu55qAmSM&imgurl=http://th09.deviantart.net/fs71/300W/f/2010/006/6/3/Awesome__Thy_Name_is_Prussia_by_Yolapeoples.jpg&w=300&h=382&ei=y_Y5T7vdDuWe2wXl1ey4Cg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=291&vpy=196&dur=2773&hovh=253&hovw=199&tx=92&ty=144&sig=113369637044461744683&page=1&tbnh=129&tbnw=101&start=0&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0) I hope they help!

MairuxKurunee
02-14-2012, 02:49 PM
I just looked her up, she looks like an awesome character! I hope to see pictures of you :3 We should be friends! well..internet friends?

Haha I will do that!

Oh myyyy o///o; the funny thing is, this dude I really like looks SO much like Usui, but... I....I think I'd die asking him to do that for me. x///x

Hehe thanks~!

You should totally go for it!
You should carry around a waitress pan table thing that they hold food on as a prop. (Or a broom xD)

redsheep
02-14-2012, 06:04 PM
My laugh smile is rediculous. XD I tend to hold my breath and think of something funny. The smile just kinda' falls into place when I exhale.

LightKanako
02-14-2012, 09:10 PM
Hehe thanks~!

You should totally go for it!
You should carry around a waitress pan table thing that they hold food on as a prop. (Or a broom xD)

You're welcome!

I actually asked him... and he was like.... "I would probably look weird with blond hair..." (his hair is light brown) me: "Not if you wore a wig. :3 And... you look a lot like Usui...but..I would probably die if you did those things x////x" him: "Hmm..... I'll think about it then ;)"

LarryMHolder
02-20-2012, 09:10 AM
I've never had much luck with full, big smiles in photos I've taken, I prefer little smirks or half smiles.

LarryMHolder
02-20-2012, 09:52 AM
You can make great photos with cheap cameras imo, and this is coming from someone with a lot of expensive gear and years of experience. It really comes down to composition and lighting. Speaking on composition, watch your background, try to not have a lot of craziness or people in your background, it makes it very hard to focus of the subject of your shot. Leave lots of room around people, don't cut off limbs at joints if you have to shoot close up, it makes shots look really weird and ruins your shot. If your shooting a group, push people close together, empty space between people gives off an awkward feel to the image. Shoot people at a 3/4 angle, straight on or side on poses look very awkward and unnatural. Speaking on lighting, try and find an area with good natural light, if you have to use flash, try to get a flash that can tilt and bounce the light or buy a diffuser to soften the light from the direct flash, it will make your photos 100 times better. When you natural light position the people so the sun is not in there eyes, and not directly behind them. This solves two issues, the sun directly facing people will make them squint, the sun directly behind will cause a lens flare in your image. If you have to shoot indoors, try and find a big window, preferably with white curtains to soften the light. Don't shoot with the person's back to the light, but rather use it as a side light. Hope that gives you a few things to take into account, try testing out these ideas with what ever camera you have access to now, practise is your best resource!

BlondeSwan
02-26-2012, 01:05 AM
I'm doing a Raichu and a Jolteon cosplay soon and i am just baffled on how i should pose for them! Someone please help!:confused:

Kyuushin
03-04-2012, 02:24 PM
With Pokemon it's kinda of free-reign. You can do a classic cute pose (knees turned together, wide eyed, cute smile, hands in paw shape just in front of the chin) or you can try some action poses (dramatic lunges, fighting poses). It really depends on the sense of character you're trying for. When I did a Gardevoir gijinka I did a slight lean back at a twisted 2/3 angle to give it a more elegant and flowy, "better than thou" type of feel. For Raichu and Jolteon, because they're cute but active, you can do the cute pose or the action poses.

If you do the action poses, don't do anything too extreme unless you're poses as a battle with someone. Don't pull any Naruto-Ninja poses.

Penlowe
03-05-2012, 08:36 AM
The ability to close one eye independently from the other is genetic, like rolling your tongue or attached ear lobes. Some people simply cannot do it. Some can only wink one eye but not the other. If you can at all, you can practice to improve your technique.

Kawaiichibiz
03-12-2012, 02:08 AM
I was literally thinking about this earlier today! This advice will come in handy if I ever want to wink for a photo. :D

Blood_Sword
03-12-2012, 12:45 PM
I know this maybe is kinda random but I noticed it feels more natural for me to wink with my left eye, right eye just feels... weird, forced. I don't know how to explain, sorry if it makes no sense.
One character I'll be cosplaying in a close future I want to do some winking shots with because it kinda fits his character.

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03-17-2012, 05:06 AM
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animazn
09-27-2012, 01:23 AM
So I'm crossplaying Black Star from Soul Eater. I know he's crazy and all but how do I portray that in a photo? I need to be more masculine cause I'm not at all xD Any tips?

nathancarter
09-27-2012, 01:18 PM
So I'm crossplaying Black Star from Soul Eater. I know he's crazy and all but how do I portray that in a photo? I need to be more masculine cause I'm not at all xD Any tips?

I'm not familiar with the character or the show, but here goes:

If the photographer can control the lighting (e.g. flashes and/or reflectors), have the main light coming from underneath your face. The "usual" way is to light from above and slightly to the side, so light coming from directly below the face will give an unsettling look to the portrait. Crazy, demonic, ghoulish, creepy - call it what you will.

Raise your head and look down your nose at the camera. Open your eyes very wide so that the whites of your eyes are very pronounced above the irises. This will definitely give you a "crazy" appearance.

animazn
09-30-2012, 01:52 AM
That would work for a actual crazy photo thanks! But I was mainly talking about his personality. He's more spontaneous and funny. He's a ninja too. Oh and my friend who is his partner(weapon and meister, not romantic) is shorter than me. Her character is suppose to be tall and mine is more short. So any tips on that?

http://static.minitokyo.net/downloads/38/13/420688.jpg
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100520035461/souleater/images/c/cc/Tsubaki_transforming.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PsQWwMak3QU/UEFCybbSZ1I/AAAAAAAAB28/jg2x6-JagVs/s640/400546.jpg
(I'm the guy with the blue hair, she's the one with the black hair)

Does that help any with helping me? Woah that sounded weird. Its a great anime/manga you should watch it!

TykeJack
09-30-2012, 11:57 PM
That would work for a actual crazy photo thanks! But I was mainly talking about his personality. He's more spontaneous and funny. He's a ninja too. Oh and my friend who is his partner(weapon and meister, not romantic) is shorter than me. Her character is suppose to be tall and mine is more short. So any tips on that?

http://static.minitokyo.net/downloads/38/13/420688.jpg
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100520035461/souleater/images/c/cc/Tsubaki_transforming.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PsQWwMak3QU/UEFCybbSZ1I/AAAAAAAAB28/jg2x6-JagVs/s640/400546.jpg
(I'm the guy with the blue hair, she's the one with the black hair)

Does that help any with helping me? Woah that sounded weird. Its a great anime/manga you should watch it!

This thread is primarily for photographers to get advice from other photographers on how to do photography stuff. I mean, you're photographer should be the one in here asking questions on how to make the shoot work because you're not going to be the one in control of the camera. That being said, if you were the photographer, I'd tell you to shoot low angles and have you in a crouched action type pose low to the ground, and have her stand straight up directly behind you. It would be best to use a wide angle lens for this low angle because it will exaggerate her height, making her look taller.

Another type of shooting would be to use different objects for here to stand on. Steps are a good example of this because it doesn't look like you're intentionally making her stand on something to increase her height. Don't use like a chair or a box. The photographer should also aim to do some shots where you're seated, like an a ledge, with her positioned behind you. You should also do a shot where she has you in a headlock giving you a noogy(sp). This doesn't fit her character, but it's a fun picture that emphasizes that fact that your character is a bit of a shrimp, at least in terms of size, not heart.

All of these examples will take care of the height difference and should make it a non issue. As long as you don't pose in your pictures like you're about to fall asleep, then you shouldn't have any problems with your own personality. Most of the time blackstar is rambunctious and generally aggressive when it comes to battle, so your action/fighting based poses should show you yelling, like an angry roar. Use this picture (http://envisageu.deviantart.com/art/Blessed-Be-the-Battle-Born-326243385) as an example. Blackstar is also a bit full of himself, so you can do a thumbs up with a wink and a slanted grin for a more fun type of picture.

Again, everything I said here should be researched and known by whatever photographer you decide to go with, but having some information yourself never hurts.

Volphiedfan
11-23-2012, 09:07 PM
I am looking to make a costume of Kane Blueriver or Dark Star (human form) from Lost Universe

claudillama
01-03-2013, 10:40 PM
What i really need to find a tutorial of is how to manipulate a photo. heres an example of what im talking about http://browse.deviantart.com/#/d2wr2ws

It also shows you the original work! I can never seem to find a perfect tutorial on how photo manipulation is done. THis is something I would really like to do to my photos! any help will be great

solstis
02-12-2013, 05:43 PM
I could really use information about how to take nice pictures with a 'Bad' camera.

I have a little VuPoint 5 MP camera. I only use it to take random pictures at cons and pictures of my own cosplay. So I am not going to be buying another one as it would not be worth it to do so.

WonJohnSoup
07-11-2013, 12:50 PM
Hey animazn. It sounds like what you're looking for is advice on modeling or advice for the photographer on directing?

If you're looking to imitate (or "draw from") the character in various scenes or poses you've seen, one way is to do exactly what you just did by posting those pictures and referring to his "craziness." You can reference these photos and just imitate them. It's a little difficult because it's an animation (it would be impressive if you could enlarge your mouth to half the size of your head like Vash when he's shouting), so you might also want to pull up previous cosplayers who've done that character and draw from that. Really analyze the reference photos for a few minutes. Is one side of the smile smirking? Is the head tilted a certain way all the time? In your photos it looks like the character is always gritting his teeth with one side of the lips pulled back. His head is also always hunched down into his chest/shoulders. That's what jumps out at me the most when I first looked at the images. You can experiment and maybe work with some photographers or even dancers who can help you imitate the body language.

And finally, his eyes. He's always in "action mode" to me. That's the sort of thing that you kind of have to bring from the inside out and just "get into character." It's why good actors are considered good actors, when they can pull that kind of stuff out on command. But for you, just letting it all out and having fun with it should help. You look very natural in your profile pic. Having fun candidly with friends and photogs you're comfortable with can help you get what you're after.

Hope that helps.

godessofanime
10-27-2013, 09:48 PM
I haven't read the entire form yet, but I'm looking for any advice on where to start learning basic photography. I got a Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and I don't have money to take any classes yet and it's hard for me to sort out good tutorials. Was wondering if anyone knew of a site that has it's own online free curriculum that might help me understand cameras and photos better? Or just recommendations.

WonJohnSoup
10-29-2013, 12:44 AM
I haven't read the entire form yet, but I'm looking for any advice on where to start learning basic photography. I got a Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and I don't have money to take any classes yet and it's hard for me to sort out good tutorials. Was wondering if anyone knew of a site that has it's own online free curriculum that might help me understand cameras and photos better? Or just recommendations.

I learned from browsing the photo.net forums and dpreview forums, so mostly learning the artistic aspect after learning about the technical aspects. I also spent a lot of time at the bookstore and libraries just reading the basic "how-to" books and picking up the concepts from there. This site is new and I think could cut the learning time significantly: http://lifehacker.com/5815742/basics-of-photography-the-complete-guide

Good luck!

AgentTexas
02-22-2014, 03:55 AM
What i really need to find a tutorial of is how to manipulate a photo. heres an example of what im talking about http://browse.deviantart.com/#/d2wr2ws

It also shows you the original work! I can never seem to find a perfect tutorial on how photo manipulation is done. THis is something I would really like to do to my photos! any help will be great

It takes practice and time, not to mention Photoshop or some equally strong program. I don't "manipulate" photos a lot but I do a lot of art and trust me, if you really want to do it and make it look great, it's going to take practice. And A LOT of time.

Try searching "how to put a background on a picture" or something similar on Google.