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#1 WingsofAngels48 on 11 months ago

I'm starting to try and up my cosplay game by getting more shoots done with editing. Up til now I've pretty much just had friends and family take pictures for me and then posted them with no editing. The pictures are fine, but I want to look more like a serious cosplayer on my pages with some proper shoots.

I don't really know anything about photography and I know even less about photo editing. Specifically, how those processes work. Do the photographers usually do the editing, or would I need to hire some specifically for editing? I'm guessing that depends on how much editing I want, but what can I generally expect from a photographer? Do photographers usually help plan a shoot, or is it completely up to the cosplayer to plan everything out such as locations and poses?

sorry these questions are so vague but as you can probably tell I don't really have a good understanding of what I'm trying to do yet ^^;

Here's some examples of the kinds of photos I like:
[url]https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj1dEsVgwWO/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet[/url]
[url]http://dzasv7x7a867v.cloudfront.net/product_photos/55200044/as_original.jpg[/url]
[url]http://l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceout.gif[/url]
[url]http://l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceout.gif[/url]
[url]https://m.worldcosplay.net/photo/6115192[/url]
[url]https://worldcosplay.net/photo/6635112[/url]

obviously the bnha photos have more artistic editing with the special effects added. How much can/should I reasonably expect the photographer to edit? Or maybe the better question would be, what are your experiences with cosplay photography?

#2 Foques on 11 months ago

It depends on the photographer.
Some just shoot whatever comes to them, some will work with you on a location.

I, personally, dislike winging shoots (I get enough of that with weddings and action work), so I like to plan them and discuss ideas, poses et all.

The images you've listed do not look like serious edits to me. most appear to be just a natural light with blown highlights and somewhat soft focus.
The first one is a one like a one light shot with minor editing.

#3 nathancarter on 11 months ago

As photographers get more experienced, they develop a sense of style that grows to be pretty consistent with their shoots. Some photographers create their work on set, with careful attention to lighting, setting, posing direction, and composition. Some photographers do only the basics during the shoot, and do most of the creative work during post-processing. Personally, I lean far to the former - get it 90% of the way in camera, and don't rely on special effects or heavy editing to create a compelling image. But I certainly respect the photographers who can make magic in post-production.

Instead of finding a random photographer and asking them to make photos in the style you want, find a photographer whose style already matches what you like, and what goes well with your character. You might find that you pick a different photographer for every character you cosplay! Some characters are best photographed by a photographer whose style is dreamy and airy - princesses, drama heroines, etc. Some characters are best captured by a photographer whose style is edgy and gritty - monsters, armored warriors, etc. Ask the photographer for their portfolio, make sure their style is consistent and matches what you want. If you're shooting at a con, ask if they're pretty sure they can produce similar work in a con setting - some photographers are great in studio but not so great at a con.

I can't see the images you linked from Yahoo, but out of the four I can see, only the second one is "edited" in any meaningful way. The other three just have the basics that I'd expect from any seasoned photographer: standard color correction, cropping for composition, and maybe some light skin retouching, and that's it.

#4 WingsofAngels48 on 11 months ago

[QUOTE=Foques;5068796]It depends on the photographer.
Some just shoot whatever comes to them, some will work with you on a location.

I, personally, dislike winging shoots (I get enough of that with weddings and action work), so I like to plan them and discuss ideas, poses et all.

The images you've listed do not look like serious edits to me. most appear to be just a natural light with blown highlights and somewhat soft focus.
The first one is a one like a one light shot with minor editing.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=nathancarter;5068800]As photographers get more experienced, they develop a sense of style that grows to be pretty consistent with their shoots. Some photographers create their work on set, with careful attention to lighting, setting, posing direction, and composition. Some photographers do only the basics during the shoot, and do most of the creative work during post-processing. Personally, I lean far to the former - get it 90% of the way in camera, and don't rely on special effects or heavy editing to create a compelling image. But I certainly respect the photographers who can make magic in post-production.

Instead of finding a random photographer and asking them to make photos in the style you want, find a photographer whose style already matches what you like, and what goes well with your character. You might find that you pick a different photographer for every character you cosplay! Some characters are best photographed by a photographer whose style is dreamy and airy - princesses, drama heroines, etc. Some characters are best captured by a photographer whose style is edgy and gritty - monsters, armored warriors, etc. Ask the photographer for their portfolio, make sure their style is consistent and matches what you want. If you're shooting at a con, ask if they're pretty sure they can produce similar work in a con setting - some photographers are great in studio but not so great at a con.

I can't see the images you linked from Yahoo, but out of the four I can see, only the second one is "edited" in any meaningful way. The other three just have the basics that I'd expect from any seasoned photographer: standard color correction, cropping for composition, and maybe some light skin retouching, and that's it.[/QUOTE]

thank you both, that's helpful info :)
for the kind of serious editing like the ice and fire, do photographers normally charge extra or do they just do it upon request if it's in their repertoire?
and is it typical to completely recreate a different background with editing? like if there's a concept someone wants to create that they can't really do physically?

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