20 best cosplay photographer in the World

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#1 Sinistra on 5 years ago

I just saw a article on Kotaku and want to share.
I like to word:
"Behind every successful cosplayer, there is a great photographer."

[url]http://gabycosplay.kinja.com/20-best-cosplay-photographer-in-the-world-1544712856[/url]

Some people thinks cosplaying just wear a costume and have fun. but if you want to be a professional cosplayer you must have a great photographer so i really respect them :angel2:

#2 thebrick on 5 years ago

Kind of useless article, no real info on the photographers or why he/she thinks they are great. Most of them aren't very good at all. :/

#3 figment1986 on 5 years ago

Honestly, I dont see stuff here that the PROs here are capable of doing, it seems they just found pretty photos and wrote an article around them. This is beyond my current capability but not for the PROs here.

#4 Ashurachan on 5 years ago

Some of the chosen photos are very generic, and well some of the photogs featured have WAY better shots than the ones featured...

Besides, the title '20 best cosplay photographers'... as if it was possible to make a definitive top.
Cosplay photography comes in different styles, and different styles appeal to different people. I like it when a cosplay photo heavily references the original work, so my preference goes to photographers who actually care about portraying the characters, than ones who just go for eye candy. I like moody shots, I like action poses, I like creative use of lights, I like photos that show whole costumes in an appropriate environment rather than closer portraits with tons of background blur (these are way easier to achieve than non-photogs think, and thus aren't indicative of photographer's skill level).

#5 Access on 5 years ago

Yeah I agree. And a lot of it's also regional, I mean thinking of the 'top 20' in my own mind, maybe I could think of 5 and they're not even in that list.

Nor do I think photographers are required to be successful, I mean what is successful in a hobby? If you're just trying to have fun...

And even for promotion, word of mouth is just as important.

#6 Ashurachan on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Access;4844365]Yeah I agree. And a lot of it's also regional, I mean thinking of the 'top 20' in my own mind, maybe I could think of 5 and they're not even in that list.
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Well I do follow quite a few of the photogs featured, and only one of them is European so it really depends on who you follow, rather than where you live.

But yeah, there are some very good cosplay photogs in my country, and none of them made the list... Also quite a few are very good, but don't shoot the popular cosplayers, and don't try to promote themselves that much, so outside of the local cosplay circle they're not well-known (but local cosplayers will seek them out for shoots).
Photogs who made the list all are heavy on self-promotion, or work with cosplayers who are. I guess they're better than the others at one thing : marketing themselves :p

#7 Sinistra on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Ashurachan;4844418]Well I do follow quite a few of the photogs featured, and only one of them is European so it really depends on who you follow, rather than where you live.

But yeah, there are some very good cosplay photogs in my country, and none of them made the list... Also quite a few are very good, but don't shoot the popular cosplayers, and don't try to promote themselves that much, so outside of the local cosplay circle they're not well-known (but local cosplayers will seek them out for shoots).
Photogs who made the list all are heavy on self-promotion, or work with cosplayers who are. I guess they're better than the others at one thing : marketing themselves :p[/QUOTE]

You know everyone can cosplay and have fun, but if you say about "Professional Cosplayer" there are only 30-40 people all around world like Alodia, Yayahan, Kamui, Tasha etc. also everyone can shoot cosplay photos but this guys are "Professional Cosplay Photographers" So yes this is a list like "20 most famous cosplay photographer". In my country (France) we have a lot of good cosplayer but we dont have any worldwide famous professional cosplayer, also we have a lot of photgrapher but none of them are famous like these guys. I agree with Ashurachan, for cosplayer or photographer, marketing themselves is really important if you want to gain fame :)

#8 Dark Photog on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Ashurachan;4844418]
Photogs who made the list all are heavy on self-promotion, or work with cosplayers who are. I guess they're better than the others at one thing : marketing themselves :p[/QUOTE]

90% of running a successful photography business is about marketing, and has little to do with how good your photography is.

#9 TheWillBox on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Dark Photog;4844503]90% of running a successful photography business is about marketing, and has little to do with how good your photography is.[/QUOTE]

Haha so much truth in that. Unfortunately no matter how well you shoot, if no one sees it, someone else will always be considered a better photographer.

As for the list, I found it interesting, especially the different styles everyone uses. Definitely introduced me to a bunch of shooters in the south east Asia area that I never heard of before.

#10 Access on 5 years ago

That's true in most businesses, but at the same time your photography generally has to be at least passable or it won't last long.

Style is another thing, most people will be naturally drawn to one style or another, so good is pretty relative here.

#11 Ashurachan on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Sinistra;4844444]You know everyone can cosplay and have fun, but if you say about "Professional Cosplayer" there are only 30-40 people all around world like Alodia, Yayahan, Kamui, Tasha etc. also everyone can shoot cosplay photos but this guys are "Professional Cosplay Photographers" So yes this is a list like "20 most famous cosplay photographer". In my country (France) we have a lot of good cosplayer but we dont have any worldwide famous professional cosplayer, also we have a lot of photgrapher but none of them are famous like these guys. I agree with Ashurachan, for cosplayer or photographer, marketing themselves is really important if you want to gain fame :)[/QUOTE]

TBH I don't think all the cosplayers featured in the article are 'professionnals', and some of the photogs probably aren't either - and if they are it's not cosplay that pays their bills. I'm pretty sure that some people would classify Nikita as 'pro' : she's a high level costumer, wins tons of competitions, sells prints, gets invited all around the world... but cosplay is still a hobby for her, and last time I talked to her she still had that day job as a fashion designer.

#12 nathancarter on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Ashurachan;4844823]TBH I don't think all the cosplayers featured in the article are 'professionnals', and some of the photogs probably aren't either - and if they are it's not cosplay that pays their bills.[/QUOTE]

I would be astounded to hear of anyone in the world who legitimately makes a full-time, self-sustaining living as a cosplay photographer. Not supported by a working spouse, or trust fund or independent wealth, that is.

There are movie set photographers, and the commercial photographers who shoot actors in full wardrobe and costumes for promotional purposes. Then there are the videographers who work for Heroes of Cosplay, and that video series that's on Kickstarter right now. But I don't really think any of them count, not in the way we're describing it.


My three cents on the article linked in the first post:
Based on the photos shown, I agree that they're perhaps the best at marketing themselves, or the best that the author of the article has ever heard of. Some of the example photos are top-notch, while some of them are merely competent - properly exposed, in focus, appropriate DOF, and good at documenting the costumes - but nothing special or unique in the world of "pretty good" cosplay photography. Maybe I'm missing something by not clicking through the the full portfolio and perusing the rest of their body of work.

I agree with just about the entirety of Ashurachan's post #4.

The "BEST" should have their own unique, identifiable style that is not readily replicated by everyone else with a wide-aperture lens; and, the "BEST" should be able to reproduce the look and feel of the source material. Not tryin' to hate here, but it's pretty easy to take a cheesecake photo of a famous/hot/sexy girl in a tiny costume, and suddenly be "famous."

#13 TheWillBox on 5 years ago

Photography like any art is highly subjective too. Unless you have full control over the photo (costume, model, make up, back ground, lighting etc...) you probably aren't going to make anything super unique.

The list is definitely just an opinion piece, I'm sure each of us would come up with a different list of top 20 in the world anyways. But it was cool to see how they shoot in different regions and just the different styles each photographer has.

#14 WonJohnSoup on 5 years ago

Some of these are great, but yeah, I personally don't think this would be even my own personal top 20 I've found just surfing Facebook. I assume it's more of a top 20 cosplay photographers the article writer has personally seen.

#15 Hcoregamer00 on 5 years ago

The correct title should be, "My 20 Favorite Cosplay Photographers from Around the World." Of course, Kotaku would have a sensationalist title for the clickbait, I admittedly fell for it too to see the photos there.

With that said, how would someone measure the "best" especially in terms of a hobby? Do we consider technical skill, the awards granted from a professional guild, the level of respect among the cosplay community, the number of likes on Facebook, etc? Then even if you somehow balance some sort of metric, how do you measure it objectively? Do you have a panel of professionals with MFAs in Photography rate it in a double blind test?

Basically, I am saying that calling anything the "best" in art cannot be a consensus, thus aside from sensationalist clickbait titles, it is complete bull.

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