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I usually go to conventions as a photographer, it’s what I do and what I love. But way too often I see con photographers/cosplayers who take pictures/ others who take pictures just be plain out rude to the cosplayers and what not. So I decided to make a guide to con photography, so that the convention can be a fun experience for everyone (whooo)
- ASK. Always. Ask. whether you can take a photo. No matter what. Sometimes cosplayers are stopped with every single step they take. Of course some want to show off their costume, but they want to enjoy the con too.
- THANK. It’s not hard, after you’ve taken their photo just say thank you. They took their time to pose, it’s only common courtesy to thank.
- If you’re going to post the photos online ask for contact details such as their tumblr, facebook page (many cosplayers have cosplay fb pages) so you can send them the photos. Nothing is more annoying than not being able to find the photos or the photos being posted on places where you don’t want them to be posted. Remember: Crediting is gr8. (If you’re going to post the photos and ask for contact details don’t forget to write down which character they’re cosplaying)
- If you’re planning to make cosplay photography a hobby it might be a good idea to make small cards to give to the cosplayers you’ve photographed. This way it will save time so you won’t have to write down cosplay details, and the cosplayers who don’t want to give details (some really value their privacy) can still find their photos.
- Give directions. Not everyone knows how to pose, or is comfortable with having their photo taken. Help them and give direction. It’s really easy ( Raise your left arm a bit, turn your head to the left, stand up straighter, etc) It will result in the best photos.
- If you want to take photos of particular cosplays (certain series for example) check the forums and/or facebook. For example: the Marvel cosplay UK group has a fb group I’ve joined. This way I know where and when the meetings are at conventions. After the group photo’s you can always take people aside for photos.
- Above all: Have Fun and be polite!
The last photo has been uploaded and the last cosplayer has been contacted! Whoo!
I’ve got a Merlin Shoot planned for over the summer and will probably go to London Expo in october again!