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#1 WonJohnSoup on 4 years ago

Would love to have a sticky with continuous updates if enough photogs do this. I've started up a cosplay-specific blog with topics like how to setup and act on a cosplay shoot, etc. here:

[url]http://wjscosplayphotography.tumblr.com/[/url]

I wrote mine geared more for cosplayers than other photogs but would love to see other cosplay photographers' blogs.

#2 WCMorpheus on 4 years ago

Very informative, but I have to disagree with you on one point: most girls CAN show up in a bikini and get swarms of attention from photographers IF they have big breasts, show lots of skin, have a pretty face and have a nice smile. In that order.

Donning a cool costume is almost at the bottom of the list, unfortunately. Additionally, if the girl has none of the aforementioned, she'll still get the Lion's share of attention by showing up in a scantily-clad outfit... and I'm not just saying this to play Devil's advocate. I see it at every convention I've ever attended, from NYCC to SDCC. In fact, I was at SDCC last month with my Canon SLR, and saw a trio of girls (who were aspiring models, I'm guessing) and I can guarantee you that none of them knew anything about the outfits they were wearing, but they were swarmed by photographers like flies to honey. That's just the lay of the landscape these days, unfortunately.

I don't prepare blogs anymore because people are lazy and don't want to read, so I just take photos and post them on my Facebook cosplay page. There was a local, medium-sized convention last weekend and I just posted a little over 100 photos. You're welcome to take a gander. The link is in my signature below.

#3 nathancarter on 4 years ago

[QUOTE=WCMorpheus;4991728]Very informative, but I have to disagree with you on one point: most girls CAN show up in a bikini and get swarms of attention from photographers IF they have big breasts, show lots of skin, have a pretty face and have a nice smile. In that order. [/QUOTE]

I posit that there's a difference between "photographers" and "GWCs."

However, I agree that hot girls in barely-nothings will garner more attention from the crowd in general.

#4 Patcave on 4 years ago

I might be a GWC... LOL!

#5 fabrickind on 4 years ago

As someone who can sometimes pass for a "sexy cosplayer," yeah, it gets a lot of attention, but the extra attention tends to be the type that I don't want. (I've also had way more creeper issues with random con attendees with point and shoot or cell phone cameras than I have with anyone I would term a "photographer," tying into the photographer vs. GWC distinction.)

I'd like to think that my costumes are well-made and visually appealing beyond any sort of sex appeal, but yes, it does help grab attention. I've found that less overtly sexy but very elaborate or oversize costumes tend to get much more attention, though, and of the good kind. ([URL="http://fabrickind.tumblr.com/post/120068341588"]Wearing massive headgear, wings, and an oversized train will certainly do it, and no one will even notice or care that the entire front of your costume is held together by 4 inches at crotch level.[/URL]) I would say that the costumes of mine most popular with both photographers and GWCs are split pretty evenly -- things I wouldn't necessarily deem "sexy" and are fairly elaborate or have oversized elements (Lady Blackpearl, Condesce, my Roxy ballgown, etc.), and things that are overtly sexy but are really fun and popular characters and still have a lot of work put into them (Ulala, Maj. Kusanagi, Samus). That said? Something with more detailing, a stronger silhouette, oversized props or worn elements, a more cohesive look, etc., tends to garner more attention and a higher quality of attention than something that is sexy for sexy's sake. I'm also much more likely to find the photos online afterward, so take that as you will.

Of course, revealing costumes still get a lot of attention, and if you are the type who wants to have the maximum volume of attention? It certainly works. It can also push a middling costume up to being a popular costume with photographers and the more general crowd, no matter the quality of the costuming itself.


By the way, love the blog, WJS. I'm following now. :]

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