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Unread 10-26-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Where you enjoy taking cosplay photos?

I'm sure most, if not all of us, take photo at conventions, but they are not the only option for cosplay photography.

Over the years, I've gone to some local meetups where cosplay is involved. These can be just as fun and rewarding compared to conventions. Some are large in the 50 people range, others just a handful. These are great for doing more elaborate lighting setups, or just getting some recreational/experimental photography in. The last one I went to was a small group meetup at an apple orchard where I used a small digital camera instead of a SLR.

What I haven't done much are private sessions with a single cosplay model or two outside of conventions or meetups/gatherings. More for the reason of few cosplayers that I know of in my city.

So what type of situations do you take cosplay photos?
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Unread 10-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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I wish I had something to contribute, but I don't take cosplay pictures outside of conventions.
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Unread 10-27-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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I've heavily involved with my local camera club, so I tend to bring a few cosplayers to the outings for interesting shots. It's usually a bit of a surprise to the people there, haha. For the better though! At least, it makes things a blast for me. =)

I also like going out and doing private shoots with cosplayers around the city and surrounding areas. The more interesting the scenery or architecture, the better!
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Unread 10-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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I've heavily involved with my local camera club, so I tend to bring a few cosplayers to the outings for interesting shots. It's usually a bit of a surprise to the people there, haha. For the better though! At least, it makes things a blast for me. =)

I also like going out and doing private shoots with cosplayers around the city and surrounding areas. The more interesting the scenery or architecture, the better!
Good ideas there.

A friend and I did a photo session with a Blue Rose cosplayer in downtown Chicago around the "Cloud Gate" area. That was quite an experience. People were constantly asking for photo-ops with her and wondering what we were doing.
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Unread 10-28-2012, 02:32 AM   #5
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It mostly depends on the cosplay, but beaches, piers, or other places involving the coast is typically the default choice if it's something that goes with anything.
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Unread 10-28-2012, 03:08 AM   #6
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For me it entirely depends on the character and series. Taking pictures of characters in places they wouldn't be just doesn't make sense ! I prefer places that are not packed with people because they tend to watch and bother me and my model. It's distracting. But it's worth it to get the perfect shots either way.
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Unread 10-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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For me it entirely depends on the character and series. Taking pictures of characters in places they wouldn't be just doesn't make sense !
I think photographing a character where they "wouldn't be" can make sense, if the intention is irony, or humor. However, here is an example of a photo shoot on a tropical island...Imagine if I had photographed her in the snow, or in the middle of a desert. ;-)

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Unread 11-02-2012, 05:06 AM   #8
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I prefer to shoot outside of cons, because frankly, environmentally speaking, cons suck (especially in France, where convention centers are typically big, noisy, badly lit halls). Also, I like to take my time and during cons cosplayers generally have very little time to pose for each individual photog.
Outside of cons, I shoot both in studio at home, and on location. Sometimes studio is better because the costume is not really fit to shoot outside, but otherwise I prefer to go on location, and have fun with said location. And the less people there are around, the better !

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Unread 11-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #9
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I prefer to shoot outside of cons, because frankly, environmentally speaking, cons suck (especially in France, where convention centers are typically big, noisy, badly lit halls). Also, I like to take my time and during cons cosplayers generally have very little time to pose for each individual photog.
Outside of cons, I shoot both in studio at home, and on location. Sometimes studio is better because the costume is not really fit to shoot outside, but otherwise I prefer to go on location, and have fun with said location. And the less people there are around, the better !
This sums it up for me too. I prefer outdoor shoots.
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Unread 11-03-2012, 12:38 PM   #10
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I like shooting outdoors in general. :3 Rather it is at the con or just doing private photoshoots with friends or other people (here in north there isn't a photographer who is willing to take free photos for cosplayers to show off their cosplay). I love nature and I find that it works for most characters so I always choose to go outside. or else, get a blank wall of a tall building just to focus on the cosplay outfit. :3 I very rarely take pictures inside. Haha.
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