I really need to learn how to take photos.
The internet- Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and the like, is filled with amazing, professional-quality photos of folks in their cosplay:
Cosplay daughter works so very hard on her work, and loves to share her work. (She’s the only reason I know that Tumblr and Instagram are things.) And I’d like to be able to help. I’m very proud of her.
Unfortunately, I have a small, weak camera and no particular training or skill in taking photographs. Most turn out fuzzy or boring. A quick look at the photo gallery on the home page of the site will reveal my best efforts, and the paltry nature thereof.
At some point, I will spring for professional photos of her favorite cosplays- I suspect she’ll want them for a portfolio as she’s applying to college. For now, though, we are constrained by our budget.
I think I’ve seen panels listed before at conventions on how to take better photos, and I should really attend. In the meantime, I’m going to fall back on trial and error- and the help of friends, once again. I took photos, but she was concerned that she couldn’t see what she looked like. Fortunately, Novio was over and offered to hold both a large mirror behind me so she could check her posture and hair and also provide some ideas.
For this service, he negotiated a deal I could live with: pie. All-he-could-eat pie.
A fair price, and within our budget.
I think we did better- you can be the judge. Cosplay daughter will now go off to photoshop them to her satisfaction, but I think we’re making progress!
I just need more practice, a better camera and lots of pie to keep the crew happy.