View Full Version : Complete Cosplay Photo Newbie.

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!


These two are both attempts at deliberately short depth of field, used in opposite ways:

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


And finally, some deliberate Photoshop manipulation:

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