1. All contestants must be aged 18 or older or 16 with parental consent.
a. you may enter as a team of two
2. All contestants must like the Stuckey Media Facebook page
3. The competition will take place in two separate rounds.
4. Winners for round one must be available at Oatkon 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland their photo shoots
5. Winners for round two must be available for Youmacon 2015 in Detroit, Michigan for their photo shoots.
6. All entries for round one must be in by June 24, 2015 at 12 midnight (EST)
7. All entries for the second round are due on September 14, 2015 at 12 midnight (EST)
8. There will be 12 winners selected by a committee of cosplay photographers and Cosplayers
9. Any winner from any round that unable to attend their photo shoot will be disqualified and will be replaced with a winner-ups from round two.
10. Judging will be based solely off of the questions asked on the entry form and cosplay photos on individual contestants cosplay pages on any social media site of their choosing.
11. If you entered round one and did not win you are still eligible to enter round two
12. The judging committee will only examine photos that are from photo shoots or hallway shots(seflie will not be considered)
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Cosplay photographers in my experience spend a lot of time on lighting, composition and posing for the character. While all these things are import, what is equally important is a careful balance between posing for the character and making your subject look good at the same time. Just like in any portrait photography, most often your subject is not going to have 100% perfect features. This is not to talk about anyone or make anyone feel bad. It's simply a fact life that everyone has something about their body they wish they could change.
The challenge for cosplay photographers is being able to strike that careful balance between capturing a pose that represents the character and making sure your subject looks good in the process. All too often, cosplay photographers want to make sure that they are mimicking exactly how the character would pose. There nothing wrong with this, except that it is the cosplayer is the one who is bringing that character to life. And that specific individual will undoubtedly have some issue with their body that they will not want to see in the final image. Just like learning exposure theory is important it is equally important to learn the basics of posing the body then matching it up with how the character would pose.
It says something different about a photographer when they take the time to first talk to a cosplayer to see what areas of their body they may be uncomfortable with. There are many techniques that photographers may already know to help address those uncomfortable areas. The cosplayer will surely appreciate a photographer taking the extra time to address any areas they may have a issue with.
Here are some techniques to help address uncomfortable areas
· turning the body 90° away from the camera helps to make the body look slimmer in the final image
· elongating the neck will stretch the skin reducing lines in both the chin and neck area
· lighting-utilizing a main light properly can allow you to put shadows into areas of which clients may have problems with
· framing-utilizing the training allows you to draw more attention to a clients best features
· angles-shooting from different angles such as right above person usually allows for a more interesting portrait was again draws attention to a clients best features
Keep in mind these are just a few of many ideas that can allow you to pose a cosplayer asked the character would be represented while making the cosplay or look very good in the image. Most important thing is maintaining a good relationship with the cosplayer. When explaining why you're posing were shooting from a certain angle always use respectable language. Making sure that they understand that your goal is to make them look amazing in the final image will keep the photo shoot and enjoyable experience for both cosplayer and photographer.
I find it interesting how so many photographers talk about how much they hate Sony cameras. Many of these individuals will get on social media and continuously declare their hatred for Sony. Subjects like the word professionalism doesn't exist on social media. I personally have had the pleasure of working with photographers who use Canon, Nikon, Olympus and of course Sony and a variety of other manufacturers. At the end of the day we all understand that it's not about the camera per se but more about the skill the individual who has a camera in there hand.
Recently, Sony has put out some of the most advanced cameras in the industry. For example, there are professionals will use a a 6000 magazine fashion shoots. The a6000 is more of a enthusiast level camera. The results it delivers as many professionals take a second look. This is just one example of how Sony is redefining photography throughout the world. There is even much more to say about Sony's a7 line of full frame mirrorless cameras. Something that was only thought dreamed about years ago.
The fact is Sony doesn't need my help in defending their products. I am just tired of reading the comments and blog posts of other photographers will continue to claim that professionals don't you Sony, Sony's cameras are deficient when compared to their counterparts from Nikon or Canon. The fact that all of these assertions are utterly ridiculous. We continue to focus on the kind of gear that photographers use instead of the typical skill that photographers should possess.
I personally am not afraid to match my Sony camera and lenses up against anything that offered by Nikon or Canon. I understand that the cameras that I use are simple but cool that allows me to create extraordinary images that my clients love. It might be a scandal that Sony may not offer the kind of lenses and accessories that other manufacturers offer, but the results scandal less.
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