PHOTO COMPLEX – HOW TO PHOTOGRAPHY INTERESTING
Today, the popularity of cosplay is growing noticeably – a costume game, when there is a reconstruction of the appearance, attributes and character of famous cinema characters, cartoons, comics, computer games. Events such as Comic Con, which collect cosplayers from different parts of the world, are held every year. For the photographer, this is an interesting niche for applying his creative abilities, because the quality of the photo greatly depends on how much the created image is close to the “original” character of the cosplay. If you are interested in trying yourself in this genre, these notes are sure to be useful to you.
First of all, it is worthwhile to find cosplayer communities online (for example, on Facebook). In such groups, enthusiastic hobbies are going to people who may reveal a desire to participate in your photo shoots. You will be able to take part in cosplay festivals, parties, performances, while gradually creating your portfolio, and also get to know other photographers of this genre. At the festivals, you will find many models for shooting: from simple cosplayers – cartoon characters to professional cosplayers who wear their costumes like second skin.
There are a lot of information about popular characters copied by cosplayers – movies, anime, comics that you may not have seen or read. But for a high-quality photo shoot, you should always examine the characters if you do not know who they are and where they are from, or refresh their history in your memory. So you can work with the model correctly and get impressive photos.
Ask the cosplayer, let him tell you about the character of the original character. Cosplayer will appreciate your interest and attention to credibility, and this, in turn, will help you to make good pictures.
Ask permission from the cosplayer
The first thing you should do before shooting, and it is very important to ask permission from the object on which you have “laid eyes” on the ability to take a photo. You can’t just take your camera and take a picture without telling the cosplayer about it. Except when you are at such a mass event as Comic Con, where you can just click the shutter and take pictures of the characters you like right and left.
Create a scene that complements the character
If you are photographing a cosplayer dressed as Spiderman, you need to create a compositional scene that complements the character. No, you do not need to ask Spider-Man to climb the wall, you just need to find a good position for the subject. For example, you can place him near a wall and ask him to pose as if he is going to climb it. Actually, it is the art of the photographer that turns the disguised person into a revived character in the work.
Try different angles of shooting
If you are not sure which angle is appropriate for a particular character, take two or three test shots from different angles. Experiments with different shooting angles will help make sure that the character’s hand, foot, or head is not cut off in the frame. Find out in advance which of the character traits is the brightest. Find a perspective that emphasizes the eyes of your model.
Make sure your object is ready before you take a picture.
Do not press the shutter button when the character’s face is not completely masked yet. Wait until the model is reincarnated in the depicted hero. You do not hurry?
Pay attention to the background
This is especially important if you shoot on the streets, where people, cars, buildings can visually enlarge and reduce the image. Find a place where there is an opportunity to create “another world”. It can be in a quiet area of a nearby park or on a side street, rarely used by pedestrians. However, if you want to add life to your photo, be sure to take pictures on busy streets. Spiderman can pose in the middle of a crossroads. Easy! Or you can take a picture of Harley Quinn in a cafe while enjoying a cappuccino. It is important not to take the background as a given.
Pay attention to the lighting
Shooting outdoors or indoors requires the right equipment. From the minimum you will need a reflector to remove unnecessary sharp shadows. Do not use the camera’s built-in flash. For additional light, it is better to purchase a remote camera flash. This is important if you want your cosplayers to look as natural as possible.
Excellent natural lighting. If you are shooting indoors, natural light may come from windows and doorways. Look for large bright surfaces – walls, curtains, backstage, etc.
Take lots of photos
At the festival go around and take as many photos as possible of the largest number of cosplayers. Later you can choose which ones you like and which ones you can safely throw in the trash.