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Unread 02-17-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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New photographer wishes for critiques.

Greetings everyone. I'm new to the cosplay photography world. I am a cosplayer as well, but I've found myself feeling just as happy (or more so) behind a camera as opposed to in front of it. I'd love some critiques and opinions. Feel free to be harsh, the best way for me to get better is to hear exactly what's wrong with them. Thank you in advance!


And these are some that I have photoshopped. First comes the original, and below it is the photoshopped image.





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Unread 02-17-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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First of all, cut down the # of images you'd like critiqued. That's a lot to go through. I didn't even look at the photoshopped ones.

Secondly, I'm not a fan of tilting the camera for the sake of tilting and you do that a lot. It makes me tilt my head and then I look funny and ask myself why I'm tilting my head. If you're going to do that, fill up as much of the frame with the subject as possible. So if they should be going from corner to corner. A photo's composition should stand on it's own merit without the tilt. The picture of the girl by the edge of the water would be much better if it wasn't tilted. Also, for a shot like that, you may want to get eye level with the subject.

I'll try to check more later...after I straighten out my neck.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 06:18 PM   #3
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Kiara004, welcome to the madness which is cosplay photography. I congratulate you on your willingness to let us have a shot at your photos!
(Yes, that WAS a pun. Too late to back out now! :P)

You've given us a generous sampling, so let's get started.

- You're doing a nice job picking settings. Many decent photos are destroyed by ugly peripherals, but you're watching the backgrounds. They suit your subjects nicely.

- Colors look pretty good. Bright and well-balanced! Lots of whites and blues, I notice. Are you adjusting the exposure yourself, or using Automatic modes?

- I agree with FiveRings that you should watch the angles (and don't worry, we've all fallen into that trap.) It's not that you should NEVER tilt the camera, but you're limiting your options. It works here. However, I'd prefer a more traditional angle for the Inu Yasha group shot. The cosplayers themselves are creating an interesting line, but the skewed view is fighting it.

- This photo's my favorite all-around. The overhead angle suits the subjects, and I like the layout.

Good start, and I look forward to seeing more!

Photoshop - I personally do not like Photoshopping images. I'll leave those critiques toward a more Adobe-inclined photog. ^_^

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Unread 02-21-2010, 12:49 AM   #4
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Since there are so many photos, I will comment in general.

I find many of the exposures are too bright. Sometimes, the photoshopped version was made too bright, when the origional was better. I didn't like the over-saturated version either.

I found some of your high angles and low angles unflattering. They made your cosplayers look heavier.

Most of the facial expressions did not seem in character.

Watch out for distracting elements, like a garden hose.

Tilted compositions can be very effective if you used properly. Just use your best judgement. Sometimes it is the amount of tilt that can make or break how well it works. You can change the amount of tilt in photoshop. Here is a sample of a tilted photo from my gallery. http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2456503/

I recommend trying some photos of people looking away from the lens.

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Unread 02-22-2010, 01:25 PM   #5
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I mostly agree with what the others said. re: that first set. Angles need some work for most of them. The first one seems over exposed. Focus seems a little off on some like the first. Also, on IMG_6044 & IMG_5821, I feel you need either more or less depth of field, but the level in those pictures just ends up being a little awkward, with the background people being just a little out of focus.

re: Post-processing:
IMG_0532 - ehh... way overdone imo - The falattened/brightened look is maybe OK, but for the eyes, it just looks too unnatural rather than just bright + ethereal.

IMG_0660 - seems OK to me - it does definitely help to not have the ladder yellow, though it might make sense to clone the strange playground ladder out all together

Len - To me Vocaloid is typically something that should be bright / lively (except certain versions of them), so I think this works against the character.

Yue - The image seems decent unediting, but the editing fits the character, so while I might be generally against this, I think it's OK here. Except that extra dark line at the edge of the tree, extending from the bottom of her cuff looks a little awkward. Same for some of the other super-shadowy parts.

Konata - ow, my eyes. Unedited looks vastly better. If you do want to do the saturation boost (which I guess doesn't look too bad on Konata herself), try masking out the background at least.
(also I think it suffers from misfocusing and/or camera shake - the the shutter speed is less than the focal length, try shooting in burst/continuous mode so that one of the pictures is likely to not have the shake caused y the initial button press)
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Unread 03-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #6
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For the photoshopped ones, the faked high-key you did pretty well. Composition is also important in photographing models so watch for backgrounds that are less busy and control all elements in the frame (ie. move to different location).
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Unread 04-08-2010, 09:44 PM   #7
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Adding to what everyone else has said.

Its really good! Like Nichura stated, Composition is VERY important. Make sure the background is okay (like...I watch out for pedestrians, cars, and anything else that would not fit to the theme of your shoot.) and get good lighting which you've done pretty good in. Try to have the model get into a pose/position where shadows don't overpower their faces a lot.

For the photoshopping, I suggest to get a more feel toward natural colors or changing the levels of the image so it won't look too "fake" like http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...otoshopped.jpg. Try brigheness & contrast a little bit, but not too much is distorts the beauty of your pictures.

I REALLy love this one though http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...otoshopped.jpg the colors and the background w/ the brightness makes it a very coordinated image.
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