So it's your first time posing.....

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#1 tfcreate on 7 years ago

As daunting as it may seem, getting your photo taken at a con is not a really big thing.
An experienced photographer will usually help you with body position, how to stand and for the most part basic modeling, but there are a few other basics to remember:

1. Attitude shows- if you ARE nervous, distracted, anxious, rushed or otherwise "not in the moment," it will show.

If you don't have time for a few photos then decline. If you don't feel that you are prepared for a photo but still want to have one taken, ask the photographer for a few moments to get composed. Don't worry, they'll wait, or ask to meet later.

2. Don't be afraid to offer suggestions- You'll likely know more about the character than the photographer, so you will know the look of that character and it's signature poses.
This type of photography is as much about cooperation as it is about cosplay.

3. Know your limits- Before you even go to the con, know what you are willing to do and what you can do.

Don't allow yourself to be pressured into any photo, photoshoot or actions you are uncomfortable doing. This is one of the few things that there should be no compromises.

And if you feel that your cosplay can't handle action shots, then don't do it.
I've seem more than one instance where a costume literally came apart while trying to re-create a combat move or even just running.

Dom Bower recently did a very good video of a first-time model. While it's not strictly a tutorial, it shows how a professional handles himself while working with a novice.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7rwDox2-LY&feature=feedlik[/url]

I'll probably add to this when I'm not as tired.

TFC

#2 saya_blood_quee on 7 years ago

Cool thanks ^.^

#3 ChibiOrochimaru on 7 years ago

This is real beautiful actually, no matter how much experience you have its always good to read over your basics once in awhile. There always helpful.

#4 Seority on 7 years ago

[FONT="Century Gothic"]I've never been confident enough to get my photos at a con, this makes it a lot less scary.
Thanks for the tips![/FONT]

#5 ashe2kawaii on 7 years ago

The video really helpd give me more ideas on what i could. Though i usually also look at other cosplayers and get ideas from them too

#6 Stina006 on 7 years ago

I find it's easier to pose if the character has a 'staple pose' for everything

#7 tfcreate on 7 years ago

In spite of the moronic platitudes and inane babble, this is a useful video.
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOgI4lJj4vs&feature=feedu"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOgI4lJj4vs&feature=feedu[/URL]

#8 PrincessChrista on 6 years ago

o_o
Thank you for posting this <3

#9 CosplayJelly on 6 years ago

i find it hard to understand what it looks like from the camera's angle, so i end up either looking too high up, my legs look awkward or my torso looks wider. i know the 3/4 angle thing helps but i cant be doing that all the time can i?

#10 Sorasflame on 6 years ago

I always practise my poses 2 weeks before the convention and they look great in front of the mirror, but as soon as I'm at the con and people ask for my picture, I:
- forget all the poses and just stand there boringly
- get very nervous and yes, it does show in the pictures :(
What can I do about this nervousness, I know it's not a big deal and I try to tell myself that, but at the con itself I get so so nervous during picture takings, I just forget it all :(

#11 Ashurachan on 6 years ago

Problem with mirrors : once you don't have them anymore, you can't see what you look like, and thus don't know what to correct to look your best.
If you can, practice in front of a camera, have somone take your picture and see what it looks like, try to correct it, and so on. In that way, you will learn how the pose feels in your whole body.
Also, having someone take pictures of you for practice will get you used to having your photo taken. Almost all cosplayers I know started awkward, and gradually got used to cameras pointed at them. In order to feel relaxed and give your best in front of a camera, you need both self-confidence, and trust in the photographer. Both build up as you get more practice.

#12 tfcreate on 6 years ago

[QUOTE=Sorasflame;4327830]I always practise my poses 2 weeks before the convention and they look great in front of the mirror, but as soon as I'm at the con and people ask for my picture, I:
- forget all the poses and just stand there boringly
- get very nervous and yes, it does show in the pictures :(
What can I do about this nervousness, I know it's not a big deal and I try to tell myself that, but at the con itself I get so so nervous during picture takings, I just forget it all :([/QUOTE]

Think of the funniest thing you can remember.
Think of a cat with human feet. Imagine what that would look like.
Think of what would happen if elephants could fly and were carnivores.
Funny things help us to relax. Even dance around a bit. That helps to shake out the nerves.
Practice helps too.

And an experienced photographer will help you with your poses.

#13 tfcreate on 6 years ago

If you want to drive a photographer crazy, do this to him/her....
[url]http://youtu.be/niyTIbiV19A[/url]

:hafha:

#14 Neelh on 6 years ago

[QUOTE=tfcreate;4370813]If you want to drive a photographer crazy, do this to him/her....
[url]http://youtu.be/niyTIbiV19A[/url]

:hafha:[/QUOTE]

XD I know now!

#15 tfcreate on 6 years ago

Pay attention GUYS!
[url]http://youtu.be/7r9e-qo76IA[/url]