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Unread 04-24-2014, 05:18 PM   #1
Creative Genius
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How are my photography skills? (bunch of different costumes and locations)

I don't have much photo editing software so i just use the color enhancer in windows photo editor. there are a bunch of different cosplays on here so have your way with them lol


NDK Cosplay list:
Sailor Cosmos - sailor moon
Secret WCS cosplay <3
season one sailor moon (husband as Tuxedo Mask <3)
and maaaaybe FEM!Lucifer from supernatural
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Unread 04-24-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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I'm a newbie myself, so please take my comments with a pinch of salt

For the first and second photo, the background is quite distracting, so maybe you could try out a prime lens at wide aperture to help blur out the distractions with narrow depth of field, or somewhere with a "cleaner" background.

The third and fourth photo are better than the first two, and the fourth one with the nurse is really good, with the composition and the perspective. The handrails ate a little into her shoulder, so you might want to avoid that in the future.

For the last photo, the sunlight was a little harsh and it is not flattering to the cosplayer. Maybe you could try using a reflector to fill in some light if you have to shoot in harsh lighting.

Most of the photos look a little underexposed to me. If you plan on sticking to this hobby for a while and spend time post processing, maybe you can invest on a monitor calibration device like the Spyder, to better gauge the brightness and the colors.

Thanks for sharing, and keep shooting!!
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Unread 04-27-2014, 03:47 AM   #3
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Your exposures are fine, not underexposed.

I agree with LoneReaction regarding the lighting being to harsh, with shadows on the face, for the pink haired Cosplay. Shoot with the sun behind the person, or bring them into the shade. Flash fill is okay, but not as good if the flash is directly from the camera. It flattens the light in an unnatural way. Use flash to bounce off a reflector, or put it on a light stand, if you have the right gear. Tilting the head up to look near the sun can eliminate harsh shadows from the eye sockets, but it is not recommended to look directly at the sun, of course. If this causes squinting, close the eyes until just before the photo is taken.

The lighting in the Star Trek Cosplay is much more flattering, but you need to give them something to do that would be appropriate for that character. Leaning on a pillar with her shoe up on it is a pose for a fashion model. Star Trek is more like military, so you can base it on that, or use props like a communicator, Phaser, or Tri-Corder, etc, if possible. Try having her just walk, or run, or just turn to look over her shoulder, as if someone called her name, or she feels in danger.

Think about your backgrounds as much as about your subject. Place the background element in ways to strengthen you composition, and compliment the subject, without being distracting. Try lower or higher angles to control backgrounds.

Avoid straight arms usually. Straight arms tend to look boring and lead the eyes out of the picture. Instead, create interesting triangles. Give the hands something to do. Hold a crucifix that is hanging from the neck.

Work on facial expressions. I only see dead-pan emotions. Mix it up. Find variety from telling a story. What are they doing, or about to do? What range of emotions is right for that character?

I like that some poses include looking away from the lens. This gives the Cosplayer so many more choices of where to look, rather than just at the lens.

Look at more Cosplay photos you like from others, and bring some of those qualities to your photos.
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