I have been asked by a number of people how I got into cosplay photography. Now I've been a huge video game and anime fan since 2003. I had never been fully interested in taking photos unlit my second or third year at Eastern Michigan University. My interest in cosplay started after I intended the Friday of Youmacon 2011.
Me and my buddy drove down from Ypsilanti, Michigan to attend this event. At the time I was trying to get more involved in fashion photography. So all I did was take a couple of shots with my Sony HX100v. And yes they were probably some of the worst images I've taken in my life. At the time I thought they were pretty good.
After graduating college I had a lot of time on my hands. So I started trying to connect with fashion models and get some photo shoots going to build my portfolio and find some paying clients. Unfortunately, many of the fashion models who are I tried to book shoots with decided that would not pay me or that I will simply not worth their time. This was all taking place in 2012.
I didn't realize it at the time but the atmosphere from the photography standpoint at conventions were ten times different. The second convention that I had ever been to with the 2012 Steam Punk Expo which unfortunately is now a defunct convention. Many of the people who I did photo shoots with had such a different attitude than the fashion models who I spent hours trying to contact for photo shoots.
By the time steam punk Expo came around I had purchased myself a Sony a57 which was my first dslr. By the time 2012 ended I begin to shift away from fashion in and place focused on developing my ability to shoot cosplay at conventions.
In 2013 I was able to get around to a few more conventions and started to develop a following. By the beginning of this year I completely shifted away from fashion photography altogether. While cosplay and traditional fashion in terms of photography have a lot of similarities, the people we're the garments are completely different.
I'm not saying I would never go back fashion will for now it is not in the top of my photographic priority list. So there's my story.
The last few months I've been questioned by photographers as to why it is I use Sony digital SLR cameras. Now I am not one who believes I should have to defend any decision I make in regards to what equipment I decide to purchase, but I will be more than happy to explain my thinking.
Sony digital SLR's are just as capable as their Nikon and Canon counterparts at producing stunning images and excellent video quality. When I used an Sony A57 I did probably more than 100 photo shoots with that camera. In many different situations including lowlight, complex lighting an extremely bright light and was able to produce great looking photos. That now even those double with my new full frame Sony a 99.
Unlike Nikon and Canon Sony digital SLR's are innovative in their technology. The translucent mirror technology allows for continuous focusing during image capture. This is something that Nikon and Canon cannot claim. In all of Sony's digital SLR's they use electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder allows you to see changes in your exposure will you make adjustments to your ISO, aperture and shutter speed even before you take the image. The a 99 allows you to cut off this feature when you are in the studio.
Sony also learns to correct its mistakes. When the Sony Corporation purchased Minota, Sony use that same hot shoe for years. But with the release of lease Sony a 99 in 2012 every single new Sony digital SLR now uses a standard hot shoe.
No camera or camera company is perfect. I believe there are a number of missing products in Sony's digital SLR product line. I am very excited to see what Sony has up their sleeve. Sony is not deficient I believe that they will continue to innovate and give Canon and Nikon a very good fight.
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