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Unread 07-10-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Advice On Photoshoots!

As it seems, I'll have 2-3 professional shoots for my next con, but I've never done even one. I'll be going as Levi from Attack On Titan and I was just wondering if you guys had any advice? Maybe things you wished you'd known before going into your first professional shoot? The first one will just be me for 30 minutes, the second will be with 2 people(a Mikasa) and the 3rd will be with a group of about 8.
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Unread 07-11-2014, 12:29 AM   #2
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If it's your first time I would suggest looking at samples of pics of your character online to get a feel for portraying the character. Don't do it last minute cuz it really takes time to sink in. I always instruct my clients to save samples of their character that they like to their cellphone in the offchance we actually get stuck for poses. Usually what ends up happening with those is that I ask them at the beginning or end if there're any poses or images they just really really like to have and we try to get those, cuz I'll know for sure the client will be happy.

Stay relaxed through the shoot and realize that there's really no "wrong" way for you to perform. Well, maybe one wrong way. And that's the way where you fret too much and don't have fun with it =)

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Unread 07-11-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's all pretty good advice above. Study reference material - original episodes of the show, reference images, even fan art. Know the character, BE the character.

Practice poses and facial expressions in a mirror. To me, facial expression is one of the key elements to a compelling, dynamic cosplay photo. It doesn't even have to be a drastic expression to be dynamic - even a little head tilt or a subtle squint can make a huge difference. Know, of course, that not every facial expression works for every person.

Practice with a friend - even phone-camera snapshots can help you practice and get comfortable, and evaluate how a pose and face will look to the camera.

A competent photographer will help you feel comfortable and give feedback and instruction on posing. However, the photographer might not know the character as well as you, so you've got to do some of the preparation yourself.

Most of all .. as WJS noted above, have fun with it. Lighten up, loosen up, do some silly out-of-character shots.
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Definitely have pre-planned poses, and a plan for what to do with props should you have them. Since you're cosplaying SnK, will you have the 3DMG? If so, do you want all of your photos to include those props? You could always take them off (if it's not too much trouble) to vary up the shots you get too.
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Definitely agree with all the advice above--have a few poses planned out and really get to know the character's mannerisms. An ability to describe the character concisely to a photographer who isn't familiar with him/her will help out a lot too, that way the photographer can help with the poses and plan how he/she will post-process them later.
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Unread 07-24-2014, 03:06 AM   #6
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Definitely have pre-planned poses, and a plan for what to do with props should you have them. Since you're cosplaying SnK, will you have the 3DMG? If so, do you want all of your photos to include those props? You could always take them off (if it's not too much trouble) to vary up the shots you get too.
Yeah, I'll have my gear, I plan on setting it off to the side for some shots so as to have shots of both. Right now I'm just having a hard time finding poses for Levi like everyone has said. Most of them he has his gear, or it's a very generic pose of just kind of standing there. You know, arms crossed, looking disinterested xD Which is fine, but I'm looking for pictures of more dynamic poses at the moment...
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try to incorporate some action-like shots, if you have those sword things (i don't know anything about snk im sorry), get on your knees a little, give yourself an intense facial expression, and look like you're about to fight. this pose from some different angles (above you, for example, would be cool--if you were lower than the position of the camera it could almost capture the idea that the photographer is a titan because their angle is higher than yours and they're looking down on you). stuff like this!!
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Use jump shots to your advantage! Levi is a soldier, after all, and they do spend a lot of time in the air/riding the cables too.
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probably a bit late, but while every point here focuses on poses etc, noting that Levi has semi generic poses, consider thinking outside your box and studying angles for your poses. Don't leave it up to the photographer, most are happy for suggestions! low, high, between objects etc have some fun!
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Unread 12-18-2014, 03:49 AM   #10
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A bit late, but maybe helpful for those tuning into this post.

As a cosplayer that really enjoys professional photoshoots and likes to schedule them all the time (lol), here are my suggestions:

- Google images of your character and study some of their famous poses. Try recreating these in the mirror and practicing.
- At the shoot, communicate with the photographer on what sort of images you want to receive. Explain your character if the photographer has no idea who you are cosplaying. If you want a lot of full body shots instead of portrait shots, tell them. Clear communication with the photographer really helps both parties and helps get you a bunch of images you like rather than ones you don't like.
- Before you take your photos, tell your photographer everything wrong about your cosplay. Maybe you stained a part of your costume. Maybe your prop broke at the last minute and you're using tape to hold it up for the shoot. Maybe you can't pose a certain way due to a wardrobe malfunction. Whatever the case, it's helpful to tell your photographer before hand all these issues so they can fix it during post production and editing.

Those are my 3 biggest tips Have fun!
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