Gambit and Rogue (winter photo shoot)

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#1 Blanco55 on 5 years ago

I didn't take the photos in this photo shoot, it was a friend of mine. I'm Gambit in these photos and Rogue is my girlfriend.

This was actually one of the coldest days of the winter. We booked the weekend about a few weeks in advance, as my friend knew she would have the weekend off. But it turned out to be frigid. We went for it anyway and it turned out to be a pretty good photo shoot, despite the red cheeks and the frozen fingers, haha.

It was our first photo shoot and we didn't really know what to do in terms of poses and such. We didn't really put any thought prior to it; we just kind of winged it. We will probably have another photo shoot at some point. And since, I didn't take the photos, I'm more looking for critiques in terms of poses, etc. Any ideas on what we should try next? Locations, etc.?

Anyhoot, enjoy!






I think this is my favourite one!

#2 Blanco55 on 5 years ago

And what do you think of the editing/filtering on this one?


#3 nathancarter on 5 years ago

Not bad for relatively beginner stuff. It gets easier and easier every time you do it.

As a model or cosplayer, my advice:
Know your character. Study the character is the comics (or anime or game or whatever), look up official art and fan art, study poses and facial expressions. Obviously you can't replicate everything the superhero does (presumably, your girlfriend can't really fly) but you can do the general "feel."

Practice in the mirror. Practice your reference poses in a full-length mirror, practice facial expressions, see which ones work for you and which ones don't. You don't always have to be looking at the camera and smiling - dramatic and action-packed faces make for interesting and memorable photos. Even practicing with a point-n-shoot or smartphone camera will give you an idea of how the pose will look - so take pictures of each other posing and making faces.

Here's something that all beginners do: You don't always have to pose WITH something, or next to something. If there's a wall, stand six feet in front of it, not right up against it like a mugshot. You don't have to be standing next to a tree. You don't always want a photo of "Hey, here's me with a tree" ... go stand by yourself with nothing else around, make a dramatic pose or action shot, make yourself the center of attention.

After you have the standard portraits down, do some action shots: run through the snow, swing the staff, throw some cards, jump off the stairs so the trenchcoat flares out behind you. You'll get a lot of duds but occasionally a really killer keeper. Bonus, it'll probably warm you up a bit. :)

Photographic notes:
Not bad for a relative novice. Exposure is mostly correct, white balance is appropriate, everything is in focus. Shutter speed is potentially a smidge slow in some of them (1/40 is a little slow, I like no less than 1/60 for portraits), but it doesn't seem to have given any objectionable motion blur or camera shake.

My biggest advice would be that you're out there at the wrong time of day. Early afternoon is hard - direct sunlight is so unforgiving, and dappled sun/shade filtering through the trees is tough as it gives hotspots and dark spots. The last hour before sunset, colloquially called the Golden Hour, is the perfect time for outdoor portraits. Downside: you only have about an hour, and it goes fast - when the sun is gone, it's gone, and now you're out there in the dark and cold.

I hate advising spending money - usually I say that you don't need more gear to make a good photo - but a wide-aperture prime would be a great investment, even the inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 "nifty fifty" which is around a hundred bucks. The wide aperture gives you much more creative control in your depth-of-field, allowing a nice subject/background isolation, and a faster shutter speed in lower-light conditions.

#4 Blanco55 on 5 years ago

Thanks for the advice nathancarter. I know what you mean about posing against trees and such. I guess it's what you default to when you don't know what to do with yourself.

If there's one thing I'd like to try and do more of are action poses. Most of the my poses so far have been kind of static. So I'll take your advice and look at some comic books panels for some ideas.

#5 WonJohnSoup on 5 years ago

In terms of things from the photographers' end, I think there could have been more attention paid to the lighting and background. A lot of it doesn't seem controlle in terms of lighting, where many of the shots appear to have been taken in dappled light coming from tree branches. They can work, but can be very difficult. I would try to find a clearing or very clean patch of light to place the subjects in, or keep it all in shadow.

The background appears very busy and distracting. I'm from Southern California and never saw snow until I was nearly an adult, so a lot of it is voodoo to me, but I would've tried finding a way to keep the background nearly all snow or more heavily dominant with the trees. In those they appear mishmashed and distracting rather than complementing. I also noticed these seem to be mostly taken in a way where the photog is farther from the model than the model is from the background. To make the background less distracting it's often easy to just fli that around, no matter your focal length.

As for posing, yeah, I would suggest just straight mimicking some reference photos if you're just having casual fun. For more serious work I don't have a problem with references but would avoid copying. But yes, you say you're new to this so the main goal should be to have fun and it s a lot more fun to be doing SOMETHING and get cool shots than to be standing around unsure of what to do.

I think you guys looked very comfortable in front of the camera and that's a really good trait to have. Says you have the opportunity to get some awesome stuff later on after some experience =)

#6 Malavin on 5 years ago

I'm not a photographer myself, but I just wanted to say "Great costumes!"