Predator Rescue team
posted on by Bamboo Dong
Cosplayer: Dutch: Beninator
Blaine: Ryan Denton
Hawkins: Art Andrews
Pancho: Scott Kaufman
Billy: Scott Gilmore
Photographer: Benn & Liz Robbins (Robbins Studios)
We asked the photographers, "What tips can you offer those getting into cosplay photography to get the shots they want?"
"Benn - Basically what I said about cosplayers getting the shots they want. Practice and do research. If you know you have a shoot ahead of time and you know what the person is cosplaying as, and from, then make sure you have in your mind what it is you love about that character and how you would want to shoot them. Work with the cosplayer to get everything you BOTH want. If you aren't familiar with the charter or the thing they are cosplaying from then DO YOUR RESEARCH! find clips watch an episode or two or look at screenshots, you have a vast and unlimited resource out there in the inter webs, use it. I would also go so far as to watch and learn from movies and TV. I learned most of what I know from the amazing cinematographers that came before me. The reason I shoot the way I do or choose the angle I do is because I am steeped in film history and some of the greatest film makers and cinematographers. Find the documentary VISIONS OF LIGHT: The Art of Cinematography. It is a who's who and a what's what of amazing camerawork in film. Finally remember it is a collaboration. If you and the cosplayer aren't working together then you are only getting half the vision and results.
Liz - Look at you favorite anime, photos, and films. See what it is you like about them. Is the framing close-up or wide and panoramic? Is the shot dead on or coming in at an angle? Think of your shot as telling a story. Experiment a lot. Most photographers are shooting digital, so shoot lots and delete what doesn't work. The more you practice, the less shots you will need to take to get the keeper.
And, what I said for the cosplayers goes for the photographers. Remember that it is a collaboration. Your model may have some great ideas that you hadn't even thought of. Stay open and have fun."
Are you a cosplay photographer, or a cosplayer? Each week, we'll be featuring a different cosplay photographer, or cosplayer, and asking them not only to share a little bit about their point of view and work, but also a week's worth of their favorite photos. If you know anyone who would be interested, please e-mail us at [email protected] Thanks!