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jianna
08-06-2010, 05:43 PM
So I did my first photoshoot (kind of miniature, really, it was just off to the side of a regular cosplay gathering) and I'm hoping to get a few tips for improvement in the future. I don't want to go into future photoshoot opportunities trying to use the same old tricks right off the bat!

First of all, I'm using a Canon Powershot SX210 IS, which is mostly a point-and-shoot, but it gives you far more manual control than any other of its type. I can choose my iso, shutter speed, and aperture, but I only get F-stops between 3.1 and 8, and of course I'm stuck with the one lens on the thing (an obnoxiously wide-angle one, like they always put in point & shoots).

However, since I'm not looking to go pro (or even super-badass-amateur), just to take good pictures of awesome people, I don't know that I would do much with an SLR (although the old Film one I had for the one photo class I've ever taken would be very fun to play with, someday).

Anyway. Rambling.

On to the pictures!

http://fav.me/d2vecep

These two are both attempts at deliberately short depth of field, used in opposite ways:
http://fav.me/d2vech9
http://fav.me/d2veclr

Trying to get a fuller shot. Like many people on here, I find getting a good full body shot to be a major challenge:
http://fav.me/d2vec4l

http://fav.me/d2vecb3

And finally, some deliberate Photoshop manipulation:
http://fav.me/d2vecoz

ByeByeBeautiful
08-06-2010, 07:58 PM
Very practical approach! SLRs are no guarantee of quality. Don't get me wrong, I love mine, but I cut my teeth on point-and-shoots. It's better to concentrate on taking good photos.

Overall I really like the colors. You're working with some nice backgrounds that don't clash with the costumes. The focus is well done and the light is properly exposed. This is a good start!

The main critique I have is to watch your edges. It's easy to inadvertently chop off bits of people, which creates a jarring effect. In High Fashion Len (http://jianna-otn.deviantart.com/art/High-Fashion-Len-173669349), the cosplayer has lost her shoulder and top of her head. Pull back a little bit.

Len's Rose (http://jianna-otn.deviantart.com/art/Len-s-Rose-173669967) is probably my favorite of the set. It's a recognizable character shot in an interesting way. Unfortunately, the very edge of the rose is cut off. I would suggest cropping up a little from the bottom of the shot (so it looks intentional) or keeping the whole flower in the shot.

Keep shooting! :D