View Full Version : First Cosplay - Zoey

11-19-2010, 01:18 PM
This is my first cosplay ever, so please be gentle with me on your critiques. o.o

Anyways, I was Zoey from Left 4 Dead. :3


11-19-2010, 01:58 PM
The jacket is awesome! Did you make it? :)

Also, this is in the wrong forum! Should be in "Costume Critique!"

11-19-2010, 02:46 PM
Oh is it? O.O My Bad! But I wanted critiques on the photos since I did them myself. LOL

11-19-2010, 03:47 PM
Oh is it? O.O My Bad! But I wanted critiques on the photos since I did them myself. LOL

This is the right forum then.
Can you include camera information like the F stop, shutter speed, and ISO?

They are very dark, and there is a fair amount of noise in the pictures. Just curious what settings you were shooting at. Do you have access to an off camera flash that you could bounce off the walls or something?

11-20-2010, 11:38 PM
I think you look great, and you did a good job on your costume too.

11-29-2010, 08:11 PM
I don't mind the darkness much. It is moody. They are a bit grainy. What kind of camera was uses? The only pose I like is image #4. I like how you are looking off camera. You seem more in-character there.

12-01-2010, 02:16 PM
As a dead player myself, I agree with the others you cut quite the Zoey profile. The pictures are quite nice and I agree with Brucer the off-camera look is best. I would add that next time try snooting some light onto your eyes to bring them out of the dark. An assistant with a flashlight would work well.

The grain fits the film noir look of the game.

12-09-2010, 08:42 PM
I apologize for such a late response to all of your messages. When I took the photos, I just used an old video camera's photo express. It was the only camera I had at the time, which left me with little options with the ISO and film grain. However the film grain has actually grown on me to be quite honest, to me it adds to the whole 'feeling' of the setting.

So I apologize again that I can't tell you anything about the camera settings other than it's 'an old, white video camera'. >.<"

12-09-2010, 09:05 PM
Grain can certainly be an artistic choice. Some grainy textures can be more likable than others. I like the grain of old Tri-X black and white film. Each grain was a black dot, rather than like most of other films that had different gradations of grain.

Your images have magenta and blue grains on the skin. In my opinion, this type of grain is not the as bad as grain that has 4 or more colors mixed together, but I don't find it particularly flattering either.

If you like this particular grain effect, then that is your choice. If you want to experiment with it, you can manipulate the quality and/or the amount of grains in photoshop. You can make all the grains the same color. You can make the grain get more intense, or you can melt it away, so your photo is more smooth. You might like your images even better.

12-11-2010, 09:52 AM
Cute. :3

12-12-2010, 03:58 AM
Cute. :3

What is "cute"? That is the second time I saw this comment from Papillondaze. Would you care to elaborate what you mean by it?