It seems that Youmacon has become a critical event in meeting some of the most interesting and talented cosplayers. Limitless Disguise Cosplay is no different. I met her in 2013 at of course Youmacon when I took a hallway photo of her Temari from Naruto Shippuden cosplay.
The next year at Shutocon I decided to hold the panel on cosplay photography. Since one of my original panelist was not sure if she was going to be available she was obvious my first choice to add her to the panel. After seeing the construction of her costumes in this field that she displayed when she posed in her images led me to believe that she has lots of skills and talent.
At that panel she displayed very clear understanding of makeup and posing for cosplay. I was impressed by how effective she was able to teach others. I walked out of that panel having a better understanding of the different makeup techniques that cosplayers use.
At the same convention I shot her Rider - Fate/stay night Cosplay. In my eyes this demonstrated how she excels at her costume construction. The details in this costume were absolutely phenomenal.
It is no wonder why in 2012 she received the Novice craftsmanship award at Go!Daiko Con. She then followed that up receiving a 2013 intermediate craftsmanship award also at Go!Daiko Con.
At the close of 2014 she entered my first counter contest. The judges unanimously voted her as one of the winners of the contest. As expect for her photo shoot she showed up was an absolutely beautifully crafted Holo Cosplay from Spice and Wolf.
I like how this cosplayer is committed to exemplary craftsmanship and a eye for detail. Her dedication to hard work is fully shown through all the four different costumes. I cannot wait to see what she does in 2015.
A. A. Milne once said "Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." This may seem like some sort of boring quote that you would hear in a college classroom but it is a very true statement even for photographers. It is really fun to pull out a camera and shoot amazing images at conventions. But it is not as fun if you're constantly having to search for batteries for your camera or flash or some other small accessory that would make your shoot a little bit smoother.
As photographers, are camera bags can get extremely cluttered with items that we need or don't need. Throughout the year we may pick up extra memory cards or micro cloths and simply drop them into our camera bags. What happens next is when we look for those items, we can't seem to find them. Then we go buy another one. This is a cycle that continues to happens because maybe our bags not as organized as they should be. Every photographer has different needs for their camera bags that reflect how an individual photographer shoots. One thing that is constant is that whatever methodology you use to build your camera bag, it should be organized to make it easier and quicker to get to the gear you need for your shoots.
Last year at Youmacon X, I had a day where the batteries in my flashes continue to die and even almost lost my radio triggers. After that convention ended I sat down and thought about what I was doing wrong. I found that my bag was stuff with things I needed, but that I couldn't find the things I was looking for. Also, that the current bag is simply too small for my current needs. This led me to the decision to purchase a new bag that will help me better organize my equipment for faster access during photo shoots at conventions or any other photography situation.
No one solution is a correct answer for every single photographer. The best idea is to go through your own camera bag and evaluate if you're able to get to your appointment adequately and in a timely manner. It may also be a good idea to see if any equipment in your bag needs to come out. The important thing to remember is before your convention season begins or your next photo shoot, it will be a good idea to go through your camera bag to make sure that you have to quick access to everything you need.
I know that some may consider this article simply as stating the obvious. This is one of those issues that are easily overlooked by photographers. Sometimes being reminded of the little things can improve a photographer overall abilities.
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