Amateur Photographers With Some Questions

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#1 cccphotography on 5 years ago

Hello, cosplay.com~

We're two newbie cosplay photographers and we were hoping to learn some tricks before we go to our first convention while offering our services:

First of all, we're pretty young. Do you think people would take a 13 and 14 year old seriously? We use a Canon Rebel Ti1 camera and have a decent amount of experience in photography with our other friends who cosplay, but we don't know if people would want to have their pictures taken by us just because of our age >.<

For some samples of our work, you can check out our main blog at [URL="http://coffeecheesecakeandcosplay.tumblr.com/"]http://coffeecheesecakeandcosplay.tumblr.com/[/URL]

Thank you!

#2 nathancarter on 5 years ago

If your work is good and you conduct yourself in a mature manner, you should be able to stay busy. Generally, the cosplay community skews toward a younger crowd, so I don't think many will hold your age against you - until you give them a reason to. Even if you're not a working professional, if you conduct yourself professionally in your communication and actions, people will grow to take you seriously.

I only saw three images on your tumblr blog, and two are of the same costume/subject. Am I missing something?

#3 Access on 5 years ago

Nathancarter is right, something like that isn't really going to matter to the typical convention crowd.

#4 thebrick on 5 years ago

No one will care about who you are if your work is good. When you see people's work online do you wonder about their age/race/sex, etc.? One thing I've learned is that your work speaks for itself. Keep at it.

#5 cccphotography on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=nathancarter;4839377]If your work is good and you conduct yourself in a mature manner, you should be able to stay busy. Generally, the cosplay community skews toward a younger crowd, so I don't think many will hold your age against you - until you give them a reason to. Even if you're not a working professional, if you conduct yourself professionally in your communication and actions, people will grow to take you seriously.

I only saw three images on your tumblr blog, and two are of the same costume/subject. Am I missing something?[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your reply! Yes, we consider courselves mature enough to conduct a business so we hope everything will go well at the next conventions we attend. And yes, we haven't been able to upload the rest of our pictures yet, and we're having a photoshoot with a couple of our friends, so we'll upload some more very soon! We know we should have some more and are working to get some more models nerby. Thank you!

#6 cccphotography on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=Access;4839421]Nathancarter is right, something like that isn't really going to matter to the typical convention crowd.[/QUOTE]

Okay, thank you for the reply! We really appreciate it~

#7 TheWillBox on 5 years ago

If you can print out cards that will help. I find cosplayers take you more seriously and give you more time if you have a card/website/work you can show them before shooting.

I think your age can help in some cases as I tend to not shoot younger cosplayers as a preference, but if I was their age I wouldn't have any problem with it.

Good luck and have fun :)

#8 blackbanditsho on 5 years ago

I'm new to the cosplay photography scene, and was wondering about the best way to get cosplayers for photo shoots to develop my skills? I'm willing to work shoot for free to get my chops up. If there are beginning cosplayers out there in Los Angeles willing to meet up at a studio, I'd love to take head shots or video. My specialty is video editing and shooting. I would be happy to help build sizzle reels.

Check out my work on blackbanditsho.com. What's the best way to meet people?

#9 Hcoregamer00 on 5 years ago

Yeah, age is not an issue. If anything, you should have an easier time connecting to the younger crowds that us older folks can't. The issue is confidence and how you present yourself. Just be confident and tell them that you want to get better at the art of photography.

Basically, set your bar before the shoot so that they don't set an unreasonably high one since you are just starting out.

Have fun shooting, and don't be afraid to ask us more experienced photographers on techniques and skills.

#10 Ashurachan on 5 years ago

The best way to get cosplayers to shoot with you is to go and meet them at a local con.
Bring your gear, shoot a lot, talk to people, give cards, mention you want to shoot outside of cons too.

#11 nathancarter on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=blackbanditsho;4857312]I'm new to the cosplay photography scene, and was wondering about the best way to get cosplayers for photo shoots to develop my skills? I'm willing to work shoot for free to get my chops up. If there are beginning cosplayers out there in Los Angeles willing to meet up at a studio, I'd love to take head shots or video. My specialty is video editing and shooting. I would be happy to help build sizzle reels.

Check out my work on blackbanditsho.com. What's the best way to meet people?[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Ashurachan;4857412]The best way to get cosplayers to shoot with you is to go and meet them at a local con.
Bring your gear, shoot a lot, talk to people, give cards, mention you want to shoot outside of cons too.[/QUOTE]

I agree with Ashurachan. Find people with interesting costumes and ask if you can take a few shots. Smile and be friendly (but not creepy), and they'll almost always agree to give you a few minutes. If you're not an extrovert, it can be tough to flag people down at first, but once you've gotten a few it gets a lot easier. People in costumes are there to be seen and photographed.

You can even use the Photo Scheduling forum to set up scheduled times, to have a more extended session with an individual or small group. Just don't pretend to be something you're not, and you'll be fine - tell them you're a videographer who wants to get more experience with stills.

#12 blackbanditsho on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=nathancarter;4857493]I agree with Ashurachan. Find people with interesting costumes and ask if you can take a few shots. Smile and be friendly (but not creepy), and they'll almost always agree to give you a few minutes. If you're not an extrovert, it can be tough to flag people down at first, but once you've gotten a few it gets a lot easier. People in costumes are there to be seen and photographed.

You can even use the Photo Scheduling forum to set up scheduled times, to have a more extended session with an individual or small group. Just don't pretend to be something you're not, and you'll be fine - tell them you're a videographer who wants to get more experience with stills.[/QUOTE]

Thanks a lot for the advice. I'm going to try for the Long Beach Comic Con...

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