PHOTOSPLAY – HOW TO PHOTO 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 movie characters, cartoons, comics, computer games. Events such as Comic Con are held every year, bringing together cosplayers from around the world. This is an interesting niche for the photographer to use his creative abilities, because the quality of the photo very much depends on how close the created image is to the “original” cosplay character. If you are interested in trying yourself in this genre, these notes are sure to come in handy.
First of all, you should find cosplayer communities online (for example, on Facebook). These groups gather people who are passionate about hobbies and who may reveal a desire to participate in your photo sessions. You yourself will be able to take part in cosplay festivals, parties, shows, while gradually creating your portfolio, and also meet other photographers of this genre. At festivals you will find many models for shooting: from simple cosplayers – cartoon characters to professional cosplayers who wear their costumes like second skin.
But for a quality photo shoot, you should always examine the characters if you don’t know who they are and where they come from, or refresh their story in your memory. So you can work correctly with the model and get impressive photos.
Ask the cosplayer, let him tell you about the character of the original character. The cosplayer will appreciate your interest and attention to credibility, and this, in turn, will help you take successful pictures.
The first thing you should do before shooting, and this is very important – ask permission from the object on which you “laid eyes” on the opportunity 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 a public event like Comic Con, where you can simply click the shutter and take pictures of the characters you like right and left.
If you are photographing a cosplayer dressed as Spider-Man, you need to create a compositional scene to complement 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 was going to climb it. Actually, it is the art of the photographer that turns a disguised person into a living character in a work.
If you’re not sure which angle is right for your character, take two or three test shots from different angles. Experiments with different angles of shooting will help to make sure that the hand, leg or head of the character is not cut off in the frame. Find out in advance which of the character traits of the character is the most striking. Find a perspective that emphasizes the eyes of your model.
Make sure your subject is ready before taking a picture.
Do not press the shutter button when the character’s face is not yet completely masked. Wait until the model transforms into the character being portrayed. Aren’t you in a hurry?
This is especially important if you shoot on the streets where people, cars, buildings can visually zoom in and out. Find a place where you can create a “different 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 shoot in the busy streets. Spider-Man can pose in the middle of a crossroads. Easy! Or you can take a picture of Harley Queen in a cafe while enjoying a cappuccino. It is important not to take the background for granted.
Shooting outdoors or indoors requires suitable equipment. From the minimum you need a reflector to remove unnecessary sharp shadows. Do not use the built-in flash of the camera. For additional light, it is better to purchase a remote on-camera flash. This is important if you want your cosplayers to look as natural as possible.
Natural light is great. If you are shooting indoors, natural light may come from windows and doorways. Look for large bright surfaces – walls, curtains, backstage, etc.
At the festival, go around and take as many photos of as many cosplayers as possible.