View Full Version : Which NA cons. have the best natural lighting.

07-24-2005, 08:23 PM
I perfer to shoot outside, where of course the amount of light is the best. Which other conventions have an area like Anime Expo where most of the cosplayers mill around outside the building? Based on some of the archives Ani-magic is sort of what I'm also looking for. (never been there) Also some green backgrounds instead of other buildings would be nice.

07-24-2005, 08:33 PM
Not every con stays in the same area, though, so it'd be kinda hard to give good answers for this. Ani-Magic however, yes, is returning to its old location in Lancaster where everyone tends to be in the big outside area of the hotel.

Otakon mostly happens inside the Baltimore Con Center, but the con center has very large sky light windows that allow lots of bright natural light to pour in. It's like this: http://www.usagichan2.com/Otakon2004/images/Otakon2004-Sun024.JPG But that would definitely be a building background.

At just about any con you could take photoshoots outside in nice hotel/con center gardens, but... Most of them take place within hotels. AX being spread out makes it so a lot of people are outside.

07-24-2005, 09:18 PM
Ani-Magic is probably the ideal (though admittedly, I think the Valencia location was better for pictures than the Lancaster location - the overhangs with the vines gave the right amount of very pretty ambience combined with enough of the right shade to kill off those nasty harsh shadows). Anime LA's fountain area was fairly nice too, except that the weather was uncooperative this year. >_<

07-26-2005, 05:44 PM
San Diego Comic Con has always been my favorite to do shoots at backdrop-wise, as all you have to do is walk across the street and you have tons to choose from. Since Comic-Con is so huge and practically takes over the downtown area for the weekend, nobody seems to care.

(Photoshoot w/ Dany)

(G-Chan's Miwako pics starting halfway down and continuing onto next page)

07-28-2005, 04:29 PM
One of the nicest / most unique locations that I've encountered for convention photography actually has several movie / television credits to its name. Taking advantage of the facilities of the University of Simon Frasier just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, the main campus area has an excellent outdoor (covered) stage area, an open grassy courtyard with a mix of hill / level grass / urban (building background) and even a pond with a series of large concrete stepping stones for a walkway.

The only drawback is that in August, you pays your money and takes your chances with the weather. It's has been beautiful sunshine one day, hot muggy another, and monsoon season over the course of a single 3 day convention. But trust me on this one, THE VIEW IS WORTH IT.

It has also doubled in the movies as several alien planets in Stargate SG-1, appeared in X-Files, and dozens of mainline features as well.

08-02-2005, 05:51 PM
Bright sunlight doesn't translate into good light. Ideally, partly cloudy with lots of
daylight. This can be almost anywhere. It's a good idea to walk the area the day before the con to scout out your locations.

08-02-2005, 10:41 PM
Anime Central has a lot of indoor opportunities for photos since they don't have a TON of foilage outside. (But there's still enough if you find the right spots!) Inside is just annoying because there are SO many people EVERYWHERE that it's nearly impossible to get good shots on the main floor (plus the lighting is bad anyway) But there are lots of plants hanging over the balconies (which light up at night) which gives the whole environment a really mystical, beautiful feel. (Check Bobbi's gallery for good examples) And there are skylights too so it lets in a relatively good amount of light : ) Annd of course there is a fountain in the back that it seems like EVERYONE takes pictures in front of (Fountain example: http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=345504) It's really nice in general!

Overall, Acen = Good inside, fair outside.

08-02-2005, 11:36 PM
ACEN is alittle different. Ambient light is medicore to poor at any given time. Especially near the fountain and the "Warp Core." The dark carpet doesn't help much either. The foot traffic there is miserable during the con. There, I prefer either by the pool (Which has diffused outside light,) or near the flowers across the street. (But only in the afternoon.) Believe it or not, the light reflecting off of the hotel is an excellent source of supplemental lighting.

08-03-2005, 12:32 PM
I really loved the San Diego Convention Center's "sail pavillion." It's basically a huge tent, which gets a lot of illumination from the top and sides during the day. It's plenty bright, but the canopy really evens out the light, so you don't need any kind of flash and there are hardly any shadows. It's not a very colorful background, but I liked it never the less.

08-27-2005, 02:40 PM
I haven't been to many cons, but Animazement's been my favorite for outdoors. It's comfortable for both the cosplayers and photographer because it's late may in North Carolina, well a little hot but its the south :)

Just think before you deicde to take the pic. I always forget about the background. North Carolina has a abundent amounts of power lines, cars, and roads.

(Should've photoshoped the cars...lol)