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Mikidachan
12-22-2010, 08:21 AM
Lately, I have found myself really getting further into cosplay photography. It just started off taking pictures at conventions, but once I started having photoshoots with my friends, I've become interested in really pursuing this, just as a major hobby, mind you. Under my Illustration major, I'll be taking a minor in photography, and up to this point I am a freshman in college and completely self taught (since the entire first year is all basic courses having only the foundation of our majors/minors).

So what I would most appreciate from all you lovlies is some feedback on my recent shots. What am I doing right/wrong? What can I improve on? Is there something big that I'm missing? Should I continue pursuing this?

Thank you all!

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/a_beautiful_disaster_by_edwardroxmysox-d346a6n.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/aph__climbin___in_yo___windows_by_edwardroxmysox-d34ydfx.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/aph__on_the_steps_by_edwardroxmysox-d34gu4t.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/feed_me_by_edwardroxmysox-d33kq46.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/i__m_going_to_eat_you_by_edwardroxmysox-d33u5il.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/infection_by_edwardroxmysox-d33senn.jpg

shadowbeam
12-22-2010, 09:36 AM
I don't consider myself nearly good enough to offer real constructive cristicism >< but i'll shout out my opinions and maybe they will help, maybe they wont :P
I do like to say what I like about pictures though ^^

I really like these, especially that the angles look ood and aren't distracting from the picture (IMO). Locations look really good too, so the background adds to the picture instead of just being noise.

I suppose the only thing I can think of is with the first picture it looks quite posed, maybe try a similar picture but with you taking the shot as they are moving, might make it look less posed and static?

Mikidachan
12-29-2010, 07:21 AM
I don't consider myself nearly good enough to offer real constructive cristicism >< but i'll shout out my opinions and maybe they will help, maybe they wont :P
I do like to say what I like about pictures though ^^

I really like these, especially that the angles look ood and aren't distracting from the picture (IMO). Locations look really good too, so the background adds to the picture instead of just being noise.

I suppose the only thing I can think of is with the first picture it looks quite posed, maybe try a similar picture but with you taking the shot as they are moving, might make it look less posed and static?

Thank you so much for the feedback~! ^______________^

I'll keep that in mind as far as poses are concerned. Now that I'm looking back at it, it could at least use a bit more cowering emotion to make it at least look like they're not just standing there. ;;;

Thanks again!

Dayy
12-29-2010, 07:35 PM
Umm, I wouldn't suggest taking pictures while they are moving. It's just more stress. I say, make them do the motion and FREEZE mid-whatever they were doing. So if you need a running pictures, make them run a few meters, and then they can freeze.

koi-ishly
12-29-2010, 07:46 PM
Not a photographer myself, but I'm an art teacher... The angles are nice in the pictures, it makes the composition more dynamic.

# 1 and 2 seem are a bit dark, so I suggest fudging with the contrast a bit in photoshop.

The only picture that is giving me visual issues is #3. They're nice pictures on their own, and the juxtaposition of the two images are making me visually confused. My eye can't rest somewhere. Let the pictures speak for themselves, the architecture is a lovely feature and should be highlighted with the cosplay.

shadowbeam
12-29-2010, 09:40 PM
Umm, I wouldn't suggest taking pictures while they are moving. It's just more stress. I say, make them do the motion and FREEZE mid-whatever they were doing. So if you need a running pictures, make them run a few meters, and then they can freeze.

I suppose it depends on your camera, with mine it's no stress to take motion pictures because it has perfect focus when someone is moving no problem, unless i set it to motion blur the picture when someone is moving of course.
I've found pictures where people just freeze mid action look very posed, of course I may just be missing the good ones :)

Agatha Genesis
12-29-2010, 11:49 PM
I find no problems with your pics. I think they're awesome. 10/10 ♥ :3

SweetOcarina
12-30-2010, 08:21 AM
The only obvious thing I can see is that there is a lot of noise in the second picture due to poor lighting. You could try to play around with your camera's ISO settings to get a cleaner image, or you could invest in some lighting equipment if natural light isn't good enough.

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/Mikidachan/feed_me_by_edwardroxmysox-d33kq46.jpg

This one is absolutely fantastic though. Really a very very good photo!

ByeByeBeautiful
12-30-2010, 09:16 AM
Wow, we’ve got a lot to work with here! Let’s get started.

Photo 1 - It’s rather hard to see the weapon in your model’s hand. It’s skinny and almost the same color as the buildings. I would suggest trying to find a plainer background in order to show it off.

The angle works well, creating a feeling of tension.


Photo 2 - You have to be careful with tilts. While it worked for the drama in the last photo, here’s it’s distracting. I couldn’t even see the third person in the photo at first. A straight-on shot would probably have worked better.

Shoot at a lower ISO in order to avoid grain


Photo 3 - My favorite of the lot. LOVE this setting and the lighting works really well. The colors and costumes fit beautifully together. The pale outfit in front of the red door really pops. Nice framing!

The low angle is effective, but the tilt distracts.


Photo 4 - Still love the background. However, America looks like he’s about to fall off of the steps because of the steep angle. I would have preferred a low shot like in Photo 3, maybe using that door again.


Photo 5 - Unsettling angle and grim setting - perfect for a zombie! Again, you’ve chosen an area that works really well with the colors.


Photo 6 - I think America should look much, much more frightened. The bright sunlight adds no tension at all. It’s a zombie! Shouldn’t we be running?


Photo 7 - Good closeup of the makeup.


Definitely keep shooting! You’ve got a nice eye for color and lighting. I like that you’re trying close-ups and full body shots. You got a bit tilt-happy, but this happens to everybody. Just remember there are other angles to try!

Looking forward to seeing more shots.

Mikidachan
12-30-2010, 12:49 PM
Wow! Thank you all so much for the feedback~! @______@ <3333

@Dayy: I actually took a few running shots from the Russia and America photo shoot and they came out pretty well as still frames. However, I made sure that it was in a well lit area so that way I would have a fast shutter speed and so they wouldn't become blurred out. I suppose it's all about the settings and whether you're able to get a good shot or not.

@koi-ishly: I'll go back to the original photos and see if I can play around with them a bit, thanks!~
Hmm, good thing I always keep the originals. I will probably go back and leave the photos by themselves. At first I thought they complimented each other, but going back, it does leave the eye fairly confused.

@Agatha Genesis: Thank you so very much~! @////@ I appreciate your comment, thank you thank you thank you! <3

@SweetOcarina: Yeah, that day was pretty hard as far as shooting was concerned. It was really cloudy out, so the light was very ehhhhhhhhhh ;;; Tried to make it work as best as I could, but thank you for the criticism~ <3 The one you pointed out is one of my favorites aswell~ <33

@ByeByeBeautiful: Firstly, thank you for breaking down photo by photo and taking the time to critique them all~! <3
I agree with a lot of your points, and will keep the tilt-happy comment in mind for future photo shoots. I tend to just be like "OH HEY, ANGLES" a lot, instead of just taking straight on all the time, so I will try to even it out a bit more to get some variety in there. The second photo was meant to have the third person not be seen right away, though I do understand your commentary, and kind of wish that they I had gotten them so they were just a bit more visible. Thanks again~!

brucer007
12-31-2010, 04:23 AM
Umm, I wouldn't suggest taking pictures while they are moving. It's just more stress. I say, make them do the motion and FREEZE mid-whatever they were doing. So if you need a running pictures, make them run a few meters, and then they can freeze.

I agree with shadowbeam, that shooting real movement can be much more realisitic and exciting than the often artificial look that a static action pose can have. With real movement, you get long hair and flowing costumes to move in different shapes than a static pose would do. Here is a good example of this effect:http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2652395/

I do find Image#1 to have a busy background. The direct sunlight on the zombie's face causes distracting shadows. The smile on the zombie seems out of character. I do like the Dutch Tilt in this image.

The Dutch Tilt in the 2nd image is too much for my neck. I like the depth of the photo, having the on-looker in the window. The softer lighting is pleasing here. I don't mind the grain as an artistic texture.

#3 It does seem awkward display these two images stuck together. The image on the left has an over-all nice feel to it, due to the soft lighting in the shade, and the cold, cyan color tone. The right leg looks odd being shortened by the toe pointing up. The boot gets lost with the black on black contrast. The composition would have been stronger to balance the door as a symmetrical framing, by showing more on the right side. The right image shows a boring pose. The cosplayer seems to be just standing there with an awkward stance. The tilt does not make for a pleasing composition. Maybe showing the whole door would have justified the tilt.

#4 The concreate wall and floor has some interesting textures. The facial expression does have a nice creepy feeling, partly due to seeing the whites of the eyes under the irises. Good make up under the eyes.

#5 I do agree with ByeByeBeautiful, that the reaction of the victim is not seeming appropriate, for having a zombie so close. The location you chose has much visual potential with all the varying angles of wood beams.

#6 Good use of the wooden beams. I like the blurred background effect to make her face stand out well. The make up looks decent even this close. The one strand of hair across her eye really makes it hard to see her eye. I like the rap-around lighting on her face for good modelling.

Mikidachan
12-31-2010, 08:05 AM
I agree with shadowbeam, that shooting real movement can be much more realisitic and exciting than the often artificial look that a static action pose can have. With real movement, you get long hair and flowing costumes to move in different shapes than a static pose would do. Here is a good example of this effect:http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2652395/

I do find Image#1 to have a busy background. The direct sunlight on the zombie's face causes distracting shadows. The smile on the zombie seems out of character. I do like the Dutch Tilt in this image.

The Dutch Tilt in the 2nd image is too much for my neck. I like the depth of the photo, having the on-looker in the window. The softer lighting is pleasing here. I don't mind the grain as an artistic texture.

#3 It does seem awkward display these two images stuck together. The image on the left has an over-all nice feel to it, due to the soft lighting in the shade, and the cold, cyan color tone. The right leg looks odd being shortened by the toe pointing up. The boot gets lost with the black on black contrast. The composition would have been stronger to balance the door as a symmetrical framing, by showing more on the right side. The right image shows a boring pose. The cosplayer seems to be just standing there with an awkward stance. The tilt does not make for a pleasing composition. Maybe showing the whole door would have justified the tilt.

#4 The concreate wall and floor has some interesting textures. The facial expression does have a nice creepy feeling, partly due to seeing the whites of the eyes under the irises. Good make up under the eyes.

#5 I do agree with ByeByeBeautiful, that the reaction of the victim is not seeming appropriate, for having a zombie so close. The location you chose has much visual potential with all the varying angles of wood beams.

#6 Good use of the wooden beams. I like the blurred background effect to make her face stand out well. The make up looks decent even this close. The one strand of hair across her eye really makes it hard to see her eye. I like the rap-around lighting on her face for good modelling.

Thank you for such constructive feedback, I appreciate it very much!~

The only thing I do have to say is that in photo one, we hadn't zombie-fied her yet, so they were both just their normal characters. Other than that, I will take all of this in mind and work on improving further photos. Thanks again!

ItsEmmyP
02-07-2011, 12:15 PM
FOR YOU!

http://i56.tinypic.com/28gqs5g.jpg

Mikidachan
03-01-2011, 09:44 PM
FOR YOU!

http://i56.tinypic.com/28gqs5g.jpg

Uhh...I guess thanks for "taking the effort" to take my photo and edit it yourself without even leaving a proper critique on what could be fixed.

But I happen to believe that your version is VERY over-exposed, to the point where the model's face gets lost into the background. Not to mention that the very point of the picture, which is the makeup on the face, is completely lost and washed out with the rest of the picture.

If you're going to take someone's photo and edit it yourself, I suggest that if you are going to end up posting it somewhere and not just use it for practice, make sure it's okay with them first.

Thanks.

I hope not to see this anywhere else with out credit given where credit is due.

winterwish
03-19-2011, 03:30 AM
you have good compostion and exposure is good for your shots. They're quite good as I see a lot of cosplay pics.

Let me put it this way - I'd let you shoot me if I had a cosplay. and I don't let anyone just do that ;)

I suggest you work on your photoshop and manipulation - the shots out of camera are composed quite well for me and I feel you can push it a little with photoshop tutorials and whatnot.

Mikidachan
06-06-2011, 09:16 AM
you have good compostion and exposure is good for your shots. They're quite good as I see a lot of cosplay pics.

Let me put it this way - I'd let you shoot me if I had a cosplay. and I don't let anyone just do that ;)

I suggest you work on your photoshop and manipulation - the shots out of camera are composed quite well for me and I feel you can push it a little with photoshop tutorials and whatnot.

Thank you so much for the critique. And I deeply appreciate the wonderful compliment. <3