View Full Version : Please comment on my heroes & villains series.
07-20-2011, 12:32 AM
I've been working on a cosplay series for some time now and would love any feedback.
heroes & villains cosplay series (http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/213751/)
Feel free to comment directly on the pictures or reply to this thread. If you reply to this thread please state which image your are commenting on so it'll be more productive for me. I really appreciate any feedback.
07-28-2011, 01:34 AM
i'm not a photographer or editor master or anything so i don't have anything particularly, err, professional to say ^^;; but just some little things i noticed:
wonder woman nd batgirl - i feel like the bright lights behind the models are alot more distracting than flattering, and they really take the focus away from the actual cosplayer
black mask - his hands being cropped out really bothers me for some reason :/ it just looks strange and kind of disconcerting to me...maybe a full body shot, but one that's closely cropped around him so he still looks big and intimidating?
cyclops and cyborg - i LOVE the colors in these two
i also really like the jokette one
hope this helped somewhat!
07-30-2011, 04:46 AM
I like how Super Girl's costume is mostly hidden beneath her street cloths. Nice touch!
07-31-2011, 12:00 AM
The Cyborg cosplay is fantastic but the shot doesn't do it justice. It seems like the vignette covers and darkens his face, so the bright area of the image that draws attention is his chest. He has a strong chest, but I think the face should have the emphasis placed on it or at least be as equally lit as his torso.
Poison Ivy, green cosplay against a green background causes the viewer to lose focus on the subject because they blend in to the background. You can darken the background so she stands out, you can change the colors of the leaves, or you can do a selective color black and white image to help people better see her outfit.
With any criticism, it's important to know what the photographer was originally going for, and I don't know. So these suggestions are based off of assumptions of things I perceive you want to achieve and if they aren't, then disregard.
07-31-2011, 02:45 PM
X-23: It's an overall nice photo. Personally, there doesn't seem to be a lot of contrast in the upper right hand corner (where her face is). I think maybe a tiny bit of adjusting the levels to make it contrast more would be beneficial, mostly because her eyes get lost and in a tightly cropped portrait like this, the eyes are important. That's all in PP though; in-the-frame wise, I really love how the lines of her arm and claws lead your eye up to her face so the focus is there. Great job on that.
Wonder Woman: I really like what you were going for here! However, once again the eyes are a big part of it for me and I believe if maybe you had moved to the right just a centimeter (so you still got the silhouetted shine but could see her face just a tiny bit more) it would help lock on the eyes and draw in the interest of the photo.
Supergirl: I like this photo. It's a nice portrait. I would suggest for future use maybe getting a reflector or something to bounce the light a bit (even a white posterboard will work if funds are low) and have someone hold it to our left side of her face, slightly angled upwards so that area of her face and eyes that are in shadows would be lit up a bit more and look more "supergirly". However, you didn't blow out the white of her shirt while still keeping the rest of the photo relatively well lit, so I'm impressed with that!
Poison Ivy: It's nice! Maybe play with the levels a bit and make her hair more red so it draws your attention, because to me, my eye is sort of skewed around the page because of all the similar tones and brightness levels.
Mystique: I really love how you captured her crawling over the rock! Scenery to interact with almost always makes for an interesting portrait. I do think the post processing is a little too much for me, though. She looks overly saturated/sharp. I really like the colors, regardless.
Jubilee: I think the vignette doesn't really work here because of how sunny the rest of the photo is. Her shoulder is also way blown out which is distracting - maybe you could have had the model step to the side so her head is more in the light instead. I love the composition though, and the PP sparks are nice as well!
Jokerette: Probably one of my favorite photos of the set! I love the location, the models' pose, the composition and the colors. You did an amazing job conveying the mood across and it seems to be really well in focus.
Huntress: The vignetting is not my favorite, but I like the sun flare between her face and the weapon. It might be just me, but it looks like her knee is more in focus than her face/weapon is... was that intentional? I like the way her body is posed, it's visually nice.
Domino: A nice portrait. I like the way her eyes pop.
Cyclops: The close crop here really works! Nice job of conveying the character.
Cyborg: This guy has a great torso, but like the previous poster I agree his face should be a bit more lit as well. I like the location and the angle you photographed him at. This would move from a good shot to an absolutely killer one if his face were as well lit as his chest!
Black Mask: I love the contrast of the stark black and white here. Nice job!
Black Cat: I am quite impressed with this photo because you managed to not make the blacks lifeless or the whites blown out, which is so easy to do with a character whose costume is b&w like Black Cat. Very lovely photo, nice job on highlighting the face as well.
Black Canary: Again one of my favorites of the set! I absolutely LOVE the angle and composition of the piece. All of the geometric lines of the railing and the building made a great contrast to the curves of her body. It's well lit and the colors are good. The only tiny bit of nitpick I could give would be to try and get the focus on her head/face as well as her chest, the sharpest area of the photo at the moment.
Batgirl: Overall, nice. I'd say the same thing about this I said about Wonder Woman, but I do like this one a bit better because of the colors and composition.
All in all a very nice set which was fun to look at! Most of the critique I provided was for the PP, which is all a matter of taste, generally. Keep it up!
08-03-2011, 02:17 AM
Thank you all for your comments and critiques it helps me out alot and you guys notice things that I didn't. I now see some of the things that were pointed out. Here are some responses to the pictures and would appreciate even more feedback. I'm still trying to develop my skills more and love when others share their input, especially when it's done in a proper way (which all of you did).
PS - I use a Nikon D3100 with it's built in flash. I mostly use natural lighting because I'm broke and can't afford a better flash (someday I will though). I also don't have any reflectors, but may use the posterboard idea. Any other suggestions for a broke photographer who can't buy nice things.
Here are some responses for each.
X-23: I don't see what you mean about the eyes. I'm not saying you're wrong. I just don't see it. And about the claws... I agree 100% about that and thanks for the compliment.
Wonder Woman: I can see what you guys are saying about the light and the eyes. I can see how it can be distracting, but I wanted to make it seem a lot softer and angelic (for a lack of a better word). I was trying to depict her as something other than an amazon. I wanted the feminine side of her to be shown.
SuperGirl: I actually decided to purposely hide the "costume". I wanted it to be a bit more normal and show the Kara Kent side versus the SuperGirl side of her. So thanks for noticing. As for lighting the face I do see it now on the left side of her face.
Poison Ivy: I was actually trying to make her blend. I wanted it to seem as if she was "one with the woods" being Poison Ivy and all. I can now see though how you could get lost. I did originally mess with the red levels in the image to make it stand out a bit more, but for some reason I wasn't liking it.
Mystique: Honestly, there wasn't much PP in this. The paint used was very bright and the sun made it really pop. I kinda like it that way though.
Jubilee: I agree with the shoulder comment. I wasn't happy with it, but I didn't realize that until I got home. I loved everything else about the shot so I went with it,
Jokette: I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's actually one of my favorites as well and I'm quite proud of the image. The model was so fantastic during the entire shoot. It was one of those shoots that I had a really difficult time figuring out which image I liked the most. She was incredible acting as the character.
Huntress: I hadn't noticed her face was a bit out of focus. I actually think it's because of the vignette.
Domino: I love the eyes as well. Overall I feel like it was very simple, yet right on.
Cyclops: I wanted this one to be simple and the focus to be on the glasses. Figured the close crop was a must.
Cyborg: You know, I can see it a alittle bit, but I don't even remember vignetting this one. I'm not sure why his face is dark.
Black Mask: I wanted this to be very intimidating so I had to sacrifice his hands in order to get a close crop. I was kinda worried about it at first, but I love the image overall.
Black Cat: I had a couple trial and errors prior to that image. It's actually another one of my favorite images and my favorite model. (Also used for Black Canary)
Black Canary: Another one of my favorites. It wasn't intentional that her chest is the sharpest. I realized it during editing though.
Batgirl: I can see the distraction with the light, but I wanted the Bat Signal in the shot more than anything. I had to sacrifice a bit for it I know, but I feel happy with the image overall.
Again thank you all for your comments and I know none of you had too. I appreciate it.
08-06-2011, 11:16 PM
Glad you found some use in them! Now that I know what you were going for in some of the shots, like the WW one in particular, I can totally see it and it makes sense now :)