The Popularity of Cosplay Portrait Photography

With the rising popularity of comic books and comic book movies, anime and manga, and many other entertainment properties over the years, there is also a growing interest being given to a new type of portrait photography: cosplay portrait photography.

Cosplay portraits are unique not only in the sense that the subject is portraying not as himself or herself but as a different character. It also is a type of photography in which both the subject and the photographer, especially an event photographer have an active collaboration in putting the portrait to life.

The Subject and the Character

Thus there should be some understanding for both the photographer and the subject with regards to the character being portrayed in the shoot: the character’s physicality, abilities, and other features and characteristics that should be present in the photo. The responsibility lies more on the subject who should have more knowledge of the character than the photographer while the photographer should at least be receptive of the input coming from the subject.

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Speaking of the character, there should be an effort as well on the part of the subject to make himself or herself look like the subject being portrayed. An appealing cosplay portrait photography would be one where one can see the character and not subject who is portraying the character. In short, the character must effectively mask the subject in the portrait since the character is the focus of the photo more than the subject.

Post-processing Heavy

Another interesting aspect of cosplay portraits is that they are pretty much reliant on post-processing technologies to make the photos stand out, more so than standard portraits. With that said, that does not mean a good cosplay portrait requires post-processing work. In some cases, you can take good cosplay portraits even without such editing, though that would be on a case to case basis depending on the situation as well as the setting.

Unlike regular post-processing work for photography, post-processing work for cosplay portraits are more pronounced and given much emphasis. That is especially true if the character is someone who has superhuman abilities or futuristic weapons that are being emphasized through adding colors and effects which highlight them to the viewer.

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It’s About Having Fun

Getting into character for a cosplay portrait shoot takes up considerable time, money, and effort. The subject has to be prepared spending a lot of these to look the part of the character. And oftentimes, being in character for a long while can be draining to one’s energy

With all the costumes, the poses ones has to make to play such character, what is important is that one gets to have fun doing this type of shoot. It is not everyday for both photographer and subject that there are shoots like these where one can get to unleash his or her inner geekery. So make the most out of it and enjoy the experience. Most importantly, both photographer and subject should make a good effort at least to have some good portraits as an output of a fruitful collaboration.

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A Review of the Case Logic Reflexion Cross-Body Bag

Normally, camera bags have a boxed design which makes them look plain and somewhat unattractive to look at from a design perspective. Thankfully, the guys of Case Logic, a company long known for its quality bags, have recently released a different type of camera bag, the Case Logic Reflexion. How does this bag fare? We shall find out shortly in this review.

Not just for cameras

First things first, the Case Logic Reflexion is not just a camera bag per se. it is a cross-body bag that allows you to put in as well an iPad or other tablet. Of if you are not bringing a DSLR, the bag works excellently as a regular bag where you can put your stuff in.

For your camera, the bag has a dedicated bag that will keep your gear protected, a removable cinch-top pod with a pocket, adjustable walls and handles offers dedicated storage for your DSLR camera, two additional lenses or flash and other accessories like cleaning cloth or extra memory cards for instance. If you will not be bringing a DSLR, just remove bag to put in the stuff you will bring.

Trendy and sturdy

It also helps that the bag has a stylish and compact look that makes it a bag you can you use every day, even if you will not be doing photography, thanks to its modern, heathered material, eyelets and custom-made press stud buttons making it a trendy urban carry-all. You will not hesitate making it your regular bag that you would bring to school or work.

The material used in the bag is also sturdy enough to make the contents of your bag less susceptible to the elements like rain or liquids that might accidentally be spilled on your bag. It also has a rugged, anti-slip bottom stabilizes bag in car and on ledges and protects bag from dirty and wet surfaces.

To top it off, the bag offers a 25 year warranty, attesting to the durability and quality of build this bag offers.

Lots of storage options available

The Case Logic Reflexion also boasts a lot of options where you can keep your stuff. For one, the main compartment has an integrated storage compartment that can fit an iPad or other tablet or ultrabook and a zippered lid pocket offers convenient storage space for small valuables. There is also an asymmetrical zippered pocket for stashing and retrieving most-used items, such as your phone or lens cap, a top zipper pocket designed to store magazines or a journal, and a front zipper organizer that can safely store wallet, passport and accessories under easy-snap flap It also has two mesh side pockets to hold liquid flasks or bottles.

Other details

The Case Logic Reflexion has dimensions of 36 x 16 x 29.5 cm and weighs only 1.08 kg. It comes in two colors you can choose from: brown and morel.

Final thoughts

The Case Logic Reflexion is a superb all-around bag, not just a mere camera bag anymore. With its quality build and lots of compartments available, even if you are not a Kent Wedding Photographer, you will not hesitate making this “camera bag” the bag of choice for daily use going to work, school, or anywhere else.

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No photo studio? Why not use your garage?

As a newbie photographer who’s trying to get into the photography business, having a studio is very necessary. But if you do not have the resources yet to set up a professional looking studio, why not start right at home…literally? A photography business like what PB Art Works has based out of your home is one of the ways for you to get started in becoming a professional photographer. Not to mention you don’t have to spend more on getting that new space and other expenses along with it since you are still starting out.

And if you don’t have a spare room to use as a studio, one great option would be to use the garage. Garages are spacious areas that leave enough room for your equipment and other things you will need for your photography studio. Here are the things you need to know on how you can use your garage to be your studio for your home photography business:

Step 1: Be Legal

First things first, it is important to have a strong legal foundation on your business to avoid future headaches, not to mention you will be able to deal with potential clients better by being a registered business. Make sure you get to know and follow the local regulations and laws in establishing a business. Along with it, it is also important to set up a bank account and deposit what you have planned to invest in your new business. Use this account also to pay for all your expenses.

Step 2: Set up Your Garage

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Converting your garage into a studio, or at least an amateur one, would depend very much on your financial resources. You must already know that professional photography equipment is expensive. Furthermore you need to consider and explore a few things before you get started. It is good if the ceiling of the garage is high, so that high camera viewpoints are possible. Also make sure you have enough space in the garage to set up your studio, especially if part of the garage is used for something else. Related to that, make sure that the existing equipment in the garage would not get in the way of the photography equipment you will set up for the studio.

Step 3: Set up Your Equipment

As it is the standard, you should first paint the ceiling and the walls in washable white. Choose the walls you will be using as backgrounds before installing the electrical outlets. You will need to have multiple power outlets for the equipment you will be setting up, and they need to be placed according to the background walls. Do not forget the air conditioning or some sort of ventilation as it will most probably get hot due to the lights you will be using. Speaking of lighting, the position of the garage door is also important as to how the light in the studio will play out.

Step 4: Light Your Garage

During the day, you can benefit from the large source of natural light coming into your garage studio, so you can use some lightweight equipment for starters like chairs, decors, and tripods that you can easily relocate according to the light. If you can’t afford all the professional tools and kits, there are a number of good DIY ideas on how to set the lighting up yourself.

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Step 5: Make room for growth, literally and figuratively

As you will become more knowledgeable and gain more work in your photography business, make sure you make an investment on additional learning and equipment that will help you shoot better photos. If it would warrant you to move to a bigger venue, perhaps a proper studio environment, it would be your call. What is important is that you are prepared to take your business to the next step.

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A Guide to Photographing Children

Photographing children can be both challenging and fun at the same time. Especially if you know as a photographer like a Raleigh Family Photographer the best practices in capturing great photos of children which we will be listing down here.

Show Kids in Action

There will be certain events and days that any parent would want to preserve in memory. If this is a public or group event, you would like to see the child stand out from the crowd. If possible, use a telephoto lens with the capability of zooming in, ensuring a clear view of the child in the center of the frame. Keep the background out of focus by choosing a shallow depth of field. Choose sports mode if it is a fast moving event and take a series of shots and avoid blurs.

Capture their Innocence

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Innocence is one of the things we associate with childhood – why not capture this? It could be an innocent expression or a moment of childish fun. Let the child play, or perhaps talk to them about something that makes them think. You can ask them to think of their funniest joke or if they have a secret. Choose a shallow depth of field to keep the child the focus of the shot and a shutter speed that compliments this.

Shoot Candidly

Children are full of expressions and creativity. Try to capture everyday things but rather than asking your child to pose, let them have fun and do their usual thing. Bath time with lots of bubbles usually leads to mischief and fun; use flash indoors if you have a dim lighting and also to freeze the action. Be aware that if you have a lot of white and reflective surfaces, the flash may appear as a bright white circle in the background.

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Take Group Shots

There will always be those special days that you will want to capture, such as the first school trip, or the first time they can go out with their friends. If you are dealing with a teen, work quickly and don’t force smiles or any unnatural poses. Get the group together and use flash to freeze any motion. Tell everyone to move in and smile but don’t take more than 3 shots as teenagers will lose patience.

Capture How Much Children Have Grown

Children grow quickly so if you’re the child’s regular photographer, it’s natural to want to capture photographs of them regularly.

Recommended Settings

Working with children means being on your feet and fast even then sometimes you just can’t keep up! If you are working with a reasonable amount of light then use a shutter speed of 1/250 to freeze action- but you can use a slower speed if you use flash. A shallow depth of field keeps the child in focus, so use an aperture of f/5 or lower, if the lighting conditions permit it.

Recommended Equipment

Use flash to freeze action, either the on-camera flash or a separate one for more power. A separate, dedicated flash is useful if your subject is further away or you are photographing a group of kids. You can also buy a soft-box attachment that goes over your flash unit to diffuse the light and create a soft halo rather than a harsh burst. A monopod can be useful if you are shooting on the go and need to move around quickly.

Conclusion

Children are great fun to work with and will give you lots of expressions and movement. Be friendly and build up a rapport, and don’t force a child to smile or pose; they will not be happy and this will show in their face. Don’t forget that backgrounds, their clothes, their hair and general presentation should be tip top to create a photo worth keeping.

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A Review of the Sony A6000

Mirrorless cameras today are powerful and feature packed than they were years ago, making them almost at par with the DSLR cameras. But not all cameras are really as close as they are with the DSLR, especially in terms of image quality, something users like wedding photographers south wales have discovered.

Today, we shall be looking at a mirrorless camera that is touted to be an advanced mirrorless camera, capable of matching DSLR image quality. Let’s see what Sony has to offer with the A6000.

BUILD AND SPECIFICATIONS

Before anything else, let us look at the build of this camera. It has a good solid build housed in a portable body, making it less bulky and easier to carry around. It also has a solid handle that lets you hold the camera with one hand comfortably and firmly when needed. With a weight of only 468 grams, the camera is lightweight enough for you to carry around, especially if you travel and take photos a lot.

One unique feature that makes the A6000 stand out is the presence of a built-in electronic viewfinder, a feature many mirrorless cameras do not have built in but rather is an item to be purchased separately. This electronic viewfinder allows you to view your photos a bit better and produce better results as far as the images you capture is concerned.

In addition, it also has an LCD screen that you can tilt, though it cannot be flipped at a 180 degree angle for selfie captures. And also, the LCD is not touchscreen but it does have a simple and easy to follow menu system. And yes, it has a built in flash as well as a hotshoe to place an accessory like an external flash.

PERFORMANCE

The Sony A6000 has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use, coupled with Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor that provides a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600.

If you want to experiment with how the colors would appear straight from the camera, you can adjust Picture Styles. There are a number of customizable presets available like Landscape, Vivid, and Monochrome. What’s better about the camera’s Picture Styles is that they can be shot in RAW format, so you’ll have a “clean” version of the image should you need it sometime down the road.

The camera’s metering system also does a good job in general at helping to produce accurately exposed images. However, there are times that the A6000 is prone to underexposure, meaning you’ll need to dial in some exposure compensation (if shooting in aperture priority or shutter priority) to get a balanced image.

The automatic white balance is decent as well in reproducing accurate colors, but there would be occasions that you would need to adjust the white balance to a different setting especially if artificial light would cause the colors of the photo to be too warm.

But what makes the A6000 stand out is its claim of being the camera with the fastest autofocusing speeds in any camera with an APS-C format sensor. To say the least, they are very impressive.

As far as connectivity is concerned, it also has a built in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for instant sharing online.

VERDICT

Sony has come a long way in making their mirrorless cameras to be the best in the market. And the Sony A6000 is certainly a step in the right direction. There are so many things to like about this camera. If you are shopping around for a mirrorless camera, this is one mod

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Should I Provide Food for My Wedding Photographer

During wedding preparations as you make the reservations for the services of a photographer, once in a while there comes a question that has been a dilemma for some couples who were planning their weddings, and it is all about the matter of providing food for the wedding photographer.

First things first

First things first, let’s get one thing perfectly clear here. It is but proper for the photographer to given something to eat in the course of the coverage he will be doing for the wedding. After all, the photographer will be spending about 12 hours or more covering the wedding. Without some sustenance, the photographer would not be able to do the job as well as we would expect him to do. This also creates a feeling of mistrust and animosity in some cases between the photographer and the client couple for such inhumane treatment.

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Fortunately, that part is something that is very rarely argued upon. However, things get a bit trickier when it comes to the arrangements as to how they would eat. This is something we will touching on in the following parts of this article.

Where to eat

Depending on the arrangement, the photographer could take his meal at the guest table along with the other wedding guests or take it at a separate area, usually along with other vendors and personnel like the band members, the DJ, among others.

Speaking of the arrangement, some photographers have certain preferences as they may prefer being at the guest table.  In any case, one should check with the photographer if there are such preferences in place and if there are, it should be specified in the contract you will have with them.

In some cases, the reception venue has already a separate area assigned for photographers and other vendors where they could eat. So it’s best to coordinate with the venue as to whether they have such areas set up.

The food to be served

Then there is also the question of the food to serve the photographer as well as the other vendors. Would they be served the same meal as the guests would have or would they be given a different meal? This would depend on your caterer or the with the reception venue, whoever will be providing the food at the reception.

Some photographers may specify that they prefer to be served the same meal as the guests. If so, make sure that clause is included in the contract and, more importantly, the costs for their food would be taken into consideration.

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Also, try to check with the caterer or the reception venue, whatever the case may be, if they offer vendor meals to be served to the photographers and the other wedding vendors. Vendor meals may or may not be the same as the food the guests may be having at the reception, but they cost less compared to the average price per plate the couple may spend for the food of the wedding guests.

The bottomline: regardless of the food that will be served to the photographer, Matt Selby or any other photographer, whether it is same as with the guests or not, you have to make sure the food that will be served is enough to be satisfying and ease away the hunger he may be feeling after hours of wedding coverage he has done at that point.

In Conclusion

There are many factors to consider: the photographer’s preferences, the preferences of the caterer or the venue, as well as the budget concerns. But these factors should not impede you from providing food to your photographer. In fact, these factors should rather help you make a sound decision as to how you will be able to do that humane and proper gesture.

Photographers are important people in the wedding. And it is proper that they would be given the respect and kindness that is due to them. And with the hard work they will be doing covering the wedding and making sure it is covered well, the photographer deserves not only to be fed but to be fed well enough for him to get through the day doing his job right.

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Top Wedding Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

There is no stressing further how memorable and important a wedding is, especially for a couple who is about to get married. Considering as well that there are no second chances as well is added pressure especially for those who will covering the event, in this case the photographer, making sure that they would be able to cover the wedding right.

But then there are those mistakes that some photographers make that manage to make the wedding feel incomplete or worse, would ruin the moment overall. Fortunately, we have listed down some of the gravest photography mistakes here that should be noted and help as well in giving a better wedding experience overall.

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  1. Inexperience

There are many photographers today, and one would not wish inexperience to be the cause of bad set of photographs that would be taken at the wedding. If you are relatively inexperienced in wedding photography but would like to learn more about it, it is best that you start as an intern or assistant to a more experienced wedding photographer and learn as well as master the craft in the process. It is also a good opportunity as well to be able to hone an efficient photography workflow as well.

  1. Not having a second shooter

There are a number of moments that are happening simultaneously during the wedding, and it would be a shame if those moments are not captured because there is only one photographer availed during that day. It is best to have at least a second photographer who can capture those simultaneous moments along with you, not to mention this will enable to have some good processing options too. Another important function of the second photographer is that in the event you forgot to shoot a moment or your equipment messes up for some reason, the second shooter would be readily available to cover for you.

  1. Inability to capture those perfect eyes

Capturing that eye contact between the couple makes a good shot. The subject(s) not having any eye contact or looking into a void are a recipe for a wedding photography disaster. It is important therefore for the photographer to find the right ways to capture that perfect eye contact moment through poses and looks that may be requested by a photographer. Squints and red eye outputs are other issues that may crop up along the way, and knowing the best ways to avoid such glitches would give some perfect photos that would come out.

  1. Using The Wrong Focus Mode & ISO

Two important elements that a photographer must note in wedding photography are the focus mode and the ISO. An incorrect focus mode will not track your subject(s) well, causing blurred and out of focus shots. Meanwhile, an incorrect ISO would cause exposure issues. A good photographer like a Scottish Wedding Photographer must be very familiar with focus modes and ISO settings and which of these settings would create a great output in your photo. Knowing the right focus mode would not only highlight the subject(s) in your photo, it would also help create some artistic shots as well. Knowing to set the right ISO will help with increased sensitivity and capture more details with the highest image quality.

  1. Not paying attention to detail

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Weddings are beautiful stories being told in a magnificent set-up, with every detail well-thought and planned out from the ceremony to the reception. The wedding photographer needs to pay attention to these details and capture all the intricacies to fully capture the wedding’s magic that the couple and guests have appreciated. It may be tough to translate such sentiments into photos, but with the right approach and methods, it is not impossible.

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