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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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i need opinions

hi, i am a Professional Photographer of Chile and i'm interested in Photography of Cosplay so ...

this is my link to see my photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_vivanco/ and give me your opinions ...

any advice or comment will be good for me =)
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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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There are so many photos to look at, and too general of a request. Could you pick up to 5 images you would like us to critique? What advice are you looking for about them?

When you state you are a professional photographer, there may be an expectation of higher quality.

If I am to speak in general about it, many images in the gallery are dark or have harsh lighting on them. The cosplayers don't seem much in character. I could find compliments on some, but that is generally how I feel.

Please make it easier for us to critique by selecting a small collection.

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Unread 03-09-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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yes some ones are against the light but was my idea, only the shadow... anyway i think i will start to use soft light for the pictures to eliminate the harsh light in .

about the cosplayers , yes that was my fault because i didn't direct correctly in the pose.

i will get better with time =)

about the 5 pictures.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_...57622277223254
http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_...57622277223254
http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_...57622277223254
http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_...57622277223254
http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_...57622277223254

in the future i will put five photos .
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Unread 03-09-2012, 03:38 PM   #4
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1. The trees and branches are very distracting because they have an odd shape and they're really dark. The cosplayer kinda blends into the background because her costume is dark, and the trees are dark.

2. This might've looked nice if the photo were in color, and we could see the face though. The silhouette's left hand blends into the clouds.

3. I like the pose, but I think the photo should be brighter.

4. I like the leading line of the sword, and the angle, but her face is too dark. Maybe use a reflector?

5. His dark suit blends into the dark trees well, so he doesn't stand out much. Maybe he'd stand out more if this were in color. The bright space between his hands look weird (photoshop error?). I think you should've blurred the background more
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Unread 03-09-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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1. I think the sky is very distracting and bright so my focus goes up there where the person is is dark and i am not sure what they are cosplaying.

2. its a cool photo but again as cosplay i dont know who it is. it can be a random person in a hat. maybe light up the person more next time.

3. i know what your trying to do here but you loose focus on the two people...you focus was on the hands. you should have the people clear as well then blur the backround.

4. i think this was the best photo out of all of them. good color angle was differnt but good the sword leads up to the person.

5. this is ok...you have some very bright highlighs on the upper and bottom left corners that can distract people...also on the left there is to much space not used...maybe more closer photo of him would have worked better.

hope this helps for future shoots. i think its very important to get people faces and what they are wearing and have less distracting things leading away from you people.
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Unread 03-09-2012, 04:36 PM   #6
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Thanks to all ! ...

in a few weeks i will get new photos.
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Unread 03-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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photos are way to dark imo. should be brighter in most of the shots
composition and framing are nice. I think some softer use of colors would be nice... if it matchs the costume
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Unread 03-10-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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1) Pose looks stiff. Cosplayer blends in with the dark trees. Her face is too dark. The clouds are too bright. This image could be improved through editing in photoshop.

2) The clouds and sun look interesting. The silhouette of the cosplayer is not well defined do to getting lost in the dark sky and trees. Even if the cosplayer had a brighter background, the pose would not reveal much about the costume or the character. I side angle might work better.

3) The pose tells a story and seems to catch them in-character. I don't find the gloves interesting enough to be the only thing in focus. One cosplyer's wig obscures his face in an annoying manner. The bokeh in the trees looks course, rather than the smooth look I like. The exposure looks too dark.

4) The low angle shows potential with a nice, blue sky contrasting with the orange costume, and the sword is shown nicely, but the shadows on her face are way too much.

5) The dark costume again blends too much with the dark trees. The over-all image looks too dark. There is a strange halo-like outline around the cosplayer's face and right hand.

I give you credit for having the courage to show your photos here for criticism. I hope our comments help you.

You claim to be a professional photographer, yet your photos look below the average amateur photographer, in my opinion. There are too many dramatic "errors" in exposure, composition, and lighting. What kind of photography do you do professionally?

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Unread 03-10-2012, 09:57 PM   #9
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well , when a i take photos and edit . i do it to my way ... is just what i want .

i know that in some photos have mistakes in lighting or composition but i just feel that was the photo that i want to show ... something different, not the regular photo that follow the clasical rules .

when i was working in a studio , i was doing photos of products ...

http://www.lobo.cl/images/phocagalle...es%20copia.jpg
http://www.lobo.cl/images/phocagalle..._l_pack_ok.jpg

anyway... i think i will change in this special case of cosplay =) and i hope to get my new flash soon ,i don't have one =/ or get more equipment .

i only have my nikon and two lens.
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Unread 03-10-2012, 10:13 PM   #10
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Well , in these photos i just want to go out of the classical rules of photography ( correct exposue,composicion and lighting ), the way that i just wanted, a experiment .

i will change this and do some more classical photo of cosplay ( photos that i see in the website ) and apply better edit and correct exposure .

And when i was working in a studio i was doing this kind of photos

http://www.lobo.cl/images/phocagalle..._l_pack_ok.jpg
http://www.lobo.cl/images/phocagalle...es%20copia.jpg
http://www.lobo.cl/images/phocagalle...l_nocturna.jpg

pd : i just realized the mistake in the hand ... Thanks to all ! ... for the advice , i will do some photos when i get my first flash =), in these photos i only work with my nikon and two lens

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Unread 03-12-2012, 05:56 AM   #11
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It's okay to want to work with shadows and trying to do less academical photos. However, I think it's very tricky to do properly, because when it's not controlled there's often something distracting from the subject of the photo. When shooting cosplay, the cosplayer/character is your subject. On photos 1, 2 and 5, eyes are attracted mostly by the environment, which makes the photo look awkward : what's the photo about ?
Photo 2. would have been a lot better if the patch of light had been just behind the cosplayer's head.

3. and 4. don't have this problem because the cosplayers fill the frame, but not being able to see the eyes is a problem. I'm not talking about having the eyes in full light, just having a hint of their position would suffice. Here's a photo I've done some time ago :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashurac...57625462003672
The eye is in shadow, but you can see it. And the fact that you can see the eye makes it a lot more menacing.
I personnally don't care about academical rules, but I never break them just to break them. If I do, it's either not on purpose, or there is a specific thing I want to convey, and my rule-braking brings the point across. But if my rule-breaking just makes the picture look wrong, then I'm doing something wrong and should try something else.
Sometimes too, I break a rule to try to convey something, and people just think it looks awkward. Doesn't mean their eyes are full of shit, just that I wasn't obvious enough.

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Unread 03-13-2012, 07:58 AM   #12
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Your product shots are nice. The lighting and reflections have a professional quality. The backgrounds compliment the products very well, like the shiny, black table for the make up, and the wood table for the vegetables.

Cosplay photography can share some qualities of product photography. People usually want to see the costume well. Even faces are often important to show clearly, since that can be an important part of the "play" in cosplay.

The slow-shutter night photography is also very good. the starry lens flares on the street lights and car headlights are spectacular. The blue magic-hour sky, and the car lights streaking by make for a dynamic effect, but what are those blue lights streaking way above the cars?

It's hard for me to imagine that these were taken by the same photographer as your cosplay photos. When you avoid a lot of "classic rules" of photography you might create something brilliant and original, but you also might create something most people won't like.
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