Hows everyone doing? Hopefully great since it’s
the weekend. Well im back today to talk about
another important topic but more so a tale of
what to do and what not to do. I have been a
cosplay photographer for a while now and
didn’t really notice until I scrolled back through
my IG how far I have progressed.
These tips are ones that I believe most can relate
to. Feel free to try them out at your next
convention as im sure you will see a difference.
With that being said lets check out some early
cosplay photographer work and how
implementing these small tricks makes a huge
As I said earlier, I have been a cosplay
photographer for a while and feel I have come a
long way from my previous cosplay
photography work. Above is a side by side
comparison if my earliest work and my current
work. One of the main differences between
these two images (Aside from lighting, contrast
and vibrance) is the selection of location.
I cant stress enough how important it is to select
a great location to take some amazing pics.
I understand that not everyone is willing to go
outside or relocate for better pics but, when the
opportunity does present its self you should
certainly capitalize on it. Windows create
reflections and bounces light in strange ways
sometimes. You definitely do not want this
A very simple method to improve cosplay
images is none other than removing your
taking pictures I constantly forget this. I was so
focused on trying to get the camera settings
right or looking for people in the background
that I forgot to tell cosplayers to remove their
badge from the shot.
As we all know badges are
usually brightly colored and draw attention
away from the cosplayer. Its extremely
distracting and takes away from the “cosplay
This brings me to my next point, DISTRACTIONS.
I absolutely loved this AHRI cosplay but it was
greatly diminished by all the clutter in the
background. This was one of my earlier pictures
and I should have asked the cosplayer to move
to a less distracting area. Preferably a darker
area to contrast with the bright red clothing and
This is a very hard skill to master but once
understood can level up your photography
game immensely. Commonly, images taken
outside use directly sunlight for lighting.
Sunlight adds a vey warm look to photos which
is great but the problem arises when you have
clouds and trees. Specifically, clouds and trees
cause only patches of sun to hit the cosplayer.
This is an absolute nightmare for
photographers, especially when editing. One
part will appear brighter than others while
other areas will look dark. Simple make sure the
cosplayer is either in the shadows or in the
sunlight, not in between.
These are some very light tips to help you when
snapping that next picture of your favorite
cosplayer at your next convention. Some of
these may seem like common sense but
I cant tell you how many times in my early
photography days I made these simple mistakes.
Hopefully the advice I offer can help make your
next cons images more memorable and iconic.
Well that’s it for today, until next time STAY