View Full Version : Critique for My First Cosplay Photoshoot

04-04-2010, 12:09 AM
This is my first cosplay photoshoot and first time as a model.
This is also my friends first time as photographer (the roles are usually reversed, haha!)

I'd like some suggestions, if you would give any, on how to help us improve!!!



Some specific photos, haha ^.^

04-04-2010, 11:51 AM
It might be easier if you picked a couple shots in particular that you wanted suggestions on. Otherwise all I can really say is to try and pick a better time of day to shoot. There's several shots with some harsh overhead shadows which don't quite fit the soft, dreamy feel you're going for.

04-04-2010, 01:54 PM
Oh haha, yeah that might be helpful, I'll do that!!! XD

04-04-2010, 06:29 PM
I agree with FiveRings. Your dress washes out too bright in direct sun-light. Your best shots are when you are in the shade. You can find good lighting anytime of day. You just have to look for it.

Try using reflectors to bounce light onto your model.

I do like the black and white photo of you near the water fountain. The blurred movement of water is pretty. Your face is too dark to see well, though.

04-04-2010, 10:31 PM
1) The cropping is too tight. Not showing your legs and cropping right above your head makes it look odd. If your photographer had taken a step to the right and centered herself on the bench instead of you, it would help balance it out also.

2) I don't like the harsh lighting in this one, the wall it falls on your face and your hair blocks your eyes. One side of your body is too dark and the other is too bright.

3) Again, lighting issues make your face/eyes hard to see. The bright side of your dress is blown out, which means you lose the details of the dress. If you made that dress, you'd want people to see all the details of your hard work on it. Composition is much better. The lines in the background would make for an interesting pattern if your camera could blur the background a bit. And the cropping cuts off your hair things.

4) Lighting is much better. Your face is well lit, though your eyes are still a bit hard to see. The trees in the background are a bit distracting to me.

5) Nice shot overall. All the lines flow to the subject and draw your attention there. Dress is still too bright though.

Good first shoot. Hope to see more! :)

04-05-2010, 12:03 AM
Thanks so much!!!! We will definitely use your advice!!!

04-05-2010, 10:38 PM
stand in front of a mirror and think about things that cause certain feelings, and watch the natural expressions that take place on your face.

the person who took your photos hasn't much to do with your modeling abilities. you're good, and you're fluid, but your expression is tight and uncertain. it shows, even when you smile.

relax. enjoy yourself. try and be a bit more natural, you know?

05-09-2010, 04:11 PM
it is really cute, nice photos

05-16-2010, 05:48 PM
I have to agree with above posts. I lighting was a little too harsh, especially in such a bright dress.
I suggest using shade if the light gets this bright. It can mellow out the costume, and create a great contrast.

Also, a couple of your expressions looked a bit stiff and forced.
This is, of course, highly natural. To get a geniune smile, the smile does have to be real or taken within the first couple seconds the model makes it. (Which, is difficult beyond belief.) So when doing close up or pictures that focus on the face, try to think of something that reflects what you want your face to look like.
Remember jokes, sad stories, whatever you need to to get the right expression.

Though, I do have to say the black and white photo is beautiful.
You really used the brightness of the dress to its potiential there. Great shot and great modeling!
Overall, you guys both did well! Good luck with your next shoot!

05-17-2010, 08:04 PM
this isn't really photo, but i think some very light nature eye make up, could help with the washing out or one toneness of you face in certain lighting.

05-18-2010, 05:43 PM
I think they're all amazing!
What a wonderful cosplay and photographer! ^_^

06-05-2010, 05:11 PM
Cute ^^