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Unread 02-16-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Why do YOU take a pic?

So I am curious, what makes YOU take a picture of a particular cosplay? What makes a cosplay worth taking a pic of? And what do you do with the pics you take?
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Unread 02-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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I like taking pictures of characters of something I know. If it is from a series that rarely gets cosplayed, even better. If the person is wearing an amazing cosplay(like a great prop, awesome costume) then I will get a picture whether I know the series or not. I keep the photos on my laptop and I like looking at them every now and then to remember the fun times I had at that con.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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I hope you mean when you're at a con and you take a picture of a cosplayer because if you don't mean that then I'm totally answering the question wrong.

I usually take pictures of people if I like their character or the series they're cosplaying from or I really like how their costume is made or how they did their make up, etc. Or sometimes I'll take a picture for a friend who really likes such-and-such character or such-and-such series.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 04:06 PM   #4
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I take pics of those cosplaying as my favorite video game characters, those of my favorite fandoms and those with just absolutely awesome costumes.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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If I recognize the character and if it's a character I like. That's pretty much it.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 05:14 PM   #6
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But is there any defining moment when a cosplay just screams "look at me"?
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Unread 02-16-2013, 05:53 PM   #7
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What I look for in a cosplay: Are they my favorite character? Is said cosplayer able to just bring out the character's personality? Are they rare that I think that I won't see another cosplay for it? Those are things I usually ask myself as I see a cosplay. I also will go to the cosplayer if they look approachable and mature. As in, they're not screaming all over the place and acting like "brats". As for what I look for when I don't know the series? I love to take pictures of anything that looks well-made, has an amazing design, and just screams at me to "COSPLAY/WATCH THIS SERIES". The last question, I don't do much with the pictures but I do enjoy playing with them, like editing them on Photo-shop, or even making a video with them.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 07:03 PM   #8
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It's generally based on if I like the character, even if the costume isn't great. Other times, it's just because I really like how the costume was executed even if I don't know who the character is!
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Unread 02-16-2013, 07:51 PM   #9
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Mostly if I know the character, and if it's done at least decently well.

There's a cosplay every so often though that I just am forced to take a picture, regardless of the character being cosplayed. Like, I won't know who it's supposed to be because I've never watched that particular anime, but you can just tell that it is so well done. The details are flawless, the hair/wig doesn't have a strand out of place, the person just pulls it off with effortlessness and confidence.. yeah. Those I take pictures of and look up the character /after/.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 08:35 PM   #10
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1) seriously fucking amazing costume, so amazing that I don't even care that I don't know the character, I have to snap it and go to my costuming friends and show them how damn amazing that thing was.
2) one of my favorite characters from a series/game I enjoy...but ONLY if the costume is really well done. I fully admit it.
3) something so different and random but well-made and well-conceived, or so rare, that I have to give them props and take a photo to encourage them to keep it up. Unless it's a rare character done incredibly poorly, like paper-bag-and-Sharpies poorly.

I don't really do much with my photos, though. I mainly post them in a photobucket or something so that people from the con looking for photos of themselves can find it, but that's about it. The only photos that I obsess over are photos of my own costumes, since I need them for my portfolio and website.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 08:37 PM   #11
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The SAME thing as Capsule Corp. XD
If I like it a lot, if it's one of my favorites, or if it's really different.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 08:59 PM   #12
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I pretty much never take pictures. In my past three conventions, I've probably taken four pictures. Mostly of the sheer mass of people. Nine times out of ten I can find pictures of people whose costumes I liked from the 'did you take my picture' thread in the forum afterward, if I really want to see a person's cosplay after the fact.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #13
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Not characters I like, but obscure characters I like, I need pictures of. Examples, I saw a Rorona Frixell at Otakon last year.... and a Ryoga/Ukyo together at Anime Boston one year as well.

Costumes that are overdone, not by means of overcosplayed, but overdetailed. I remember an officer Jenny with a Growlithe at AB last year too. Cool thing is, the Growlithe was on the AB boards, and I actually had a good chat with her through PM.

Anything from my favorite series.... like Full Moon wo Sagashite, Air TV, and Anohana.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 10:16 PM   #14
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My first big convention (otakon this year) my family wanted to see pictures of what people dressed up as, so I looked for costumes that stood out, like crossplay, big props, uniqueness etc.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #15
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Usually I take a picture if its a series or character I like.

Ignoring that, I usually take photo's of cosplayers that have lovely outfits that I have never seen before and so much detail to them.
I also take photos of cosplayers who I personally don't know much about but if a friend I know loves that series and I recognize they are from that I also take the photos.
Last year at MCM October I saw many yugioh cosplayers walking around. I didn't know the show then but I recognized some of the characters. I came home with quite a few of the photos and now I'm madly obsessed with the show myself.
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