Recently Canon has released their new camera the 5D Mark IV. Let me get this Out the Way, Canon makes great cameras. There is no doubt in my mind that Canon's new camera will take excellent images. Especially with a new 30-megapixel full frame sensor.
Obviously, this camera is well-connected with all of the connections that any professional or photo enthusiasts will come to love. Any person with no photography knows that this camera will be no pushover.
However, it is very clear that Canon is borrowing from Sony. The new 5D Mark IV has a new face recognition and tracking system built-in. Basically, you can lock your focus points when a person's face and no matter where you move that tracking system will always lock onto that person's face.
If that feature sounds familiar, that's because Sony was the first to do it. Numerous Sony a and E-mount bodies have had this feature for multiple years. It works the exact same way. The photographer will lock in autofocus point on a person in the frame and no matter where they move to the person that autofocus point will continue to track and lock to that same person.
I guess only time will tell what Nikon and Canon will borrow from Sony next.
Back in the days of film, a photographer has to develop their images in the darkroom or have someone else to do it if they want to see how their images turned out. You could not instantly see the image on the back of the camera or your computer. A fair argument can be made that at least during the film days you really had to get it right in camera in order for the image to turn out well.
With the rise of digital technology a lot of those principles in some ways have been lost. Especially with younger photographers, there is a reliance on Photoshop or post processing cleanup any mistakes that may have been made during the initial capture of the image. This becomes the central reason why periodically photographers should get their work printed.
After about my second year of shooting cosplay I got a photo book printed with some of my best cosplay shots of that year. When the book came back I noticed that a few of my images had coloring mistakes, blurry or very soft eyes on my subjects and a number of other issues. Once I saw this I began to take steps to try and fix my work. If I did not get the photo book printed I would not have paid nearly as much attention to those details as I do now.
While I think is better to go with a professional printer it makes a lot of sense to simply go up to your local drugstore and probably for less than a soda you can get a few 4x6s that will give you some insight as a photographer to what you need to work on.
While today's computer monitors can show you a lot of detail and color having a physical copy of one of your images in your hand will give you a better perspective on your work. It doesn't matter whether you are shooting events, fashion, sports or cosplay a print will reveal to you the truth of your work. Some photographers like to compare their prints to the image that they worked on their computers.
Prints are the best way to market to your potential clients. Giving your client a look at what your final product will look like when it is printed on the cover of a magazine or other type of publication is much more telling this sliding through with few photos on your phone or computer. Doing this could potentially give you a leg up on your competition.
Last year at Shutocon a friend of mine who is a cosplay photographer show me his huge portfolio of some of his best cosplay work. It was no wonder that he is able to book so many photo shoots at different anime conventions that he attends during the year. Having his clients see what their final images would look like if they were printed gives its potential clients a better perspective.
Doing things the old way may not "cool" or "up-to date" but it does not necessarily make them wrong.
Here is a list of my favorite cosplayers 2015. I have had the opportunity to shoot with amazing cosplayers this past year this is a collection of those individuals who are thought were the ones who stood out the most. I know people have questions so let me address a few concerns, most of the individuals that are listed were clients who paid for shoot or purchase photo after photo session. Others are friends or business partners. One of the questions I get the most is why all of the individuals listed are female, the reasons are simple most of my clients are female. Finally, the vast majority of cosplayers that I have worked with who are and is not on this list this year, have been excellent to work with and I'm looking forward to the amazing photo shoots I will have in 2016.
15. Erica Tatum
14. Lindsey Boersma
13. Britnee Berman
11. Macha Fiacha Cosplay
10. Jaden Mathis
9. Yukika Chan
8. Kimberlin Ash
7. Birdi Cosplay
6. Owlshins Cosplay
5. Katie O' Rear Model
4. Hello Kimmy Cosplay
3. Hi Hi Its Hoshi-Chan
2. Chelsea Mary Wilson
Catching really good group cosplay can be a complex task. It is even more difficult when you don't know how to like and pose a group of similar cosplay. Here are some of my tips on effectively doing this.
The idea is to be prepared. Your camera should already be out with the proper lens on it. You should determine how much space you will potentially need this will help you to determine the proper focal length. In most cases a zoom lens will be very helpful possibly a 24-70 f/2.8. If you are a prime shooter like myself you would either want to have on your 50 or 85 and be ready to change quickly to your wider focal length primes such as a 24 or 35. Make sure that your lighting is already set up. Know what kind of lighting you were getting.
Next you have to find the group cosplayers. At a convention you simply go to group photo shoots. At youmacon I happened to be in the right place at the right time where I found a extremely gorgeous group of love live cosplayers. They were headed over to the love live group photo shoot.
You need to be prepared to work very quickly. Group photo shoots tend to change characters very quickly. So your potential subjects will be pressed to head over to the group shoot when their character is called. Finally, make sure you get a number of different poses with everyone together and individual portraits of each person in the group.
This was one of the best collections at Walk Fashion Show. Tyrone is from Detroit and after you see his collection you will understand. All of the images were shoot with a Sony A-99 with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4.
Have you ever met a person who looks as stunning on the outside as they are on the inside. I met Angelica in response to one of my post when I was looking for models to help me to rebuild my fashion portfolio. She was the second person who actually responded and shoveled the to the photo shoot.
What I like even more with that she was there on time with her husband and she had a double outfits that we had talked about her bringing to the photo shoot. She was more than prepared by simply having the basics with her such as makeup, heels etc.
The setup for this photo shoot was very simple I used a Sony A-99 with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and a speed lights with a rouge flash bender.
We were able to shoot 4 stunning outfits and under 2 1/2 hours. I can't tell you how many times people stopped to Angelica on how beautiful she looked. It was even surprising for the Wayne state campus police blow their car horn at her.
She told me that she was really knew the modeling but her ability to create beautiful and captivating poses put her more in the professional model range than just someone who is starting out.
I would have to bring this photo shoot as one of my favorite from this year. I am already planning for our next photo session.
In 2003 I graduated from Mumford high school which is located on the northwest side of Detroit Michigan. In early October of 2015 I was given the great opportunity to shoot Mumford's annual homecoming football game. This year they played Renaissance high school which is located just a few miles away from Mumford.
For this event I took a monopod my Sony A7 and Sony a99. I mostly shot with the 85mm f1.4 sigma which meant most of this time on the Sony a99 in the 135mm /f.1.4 ZA which spent most of its time on the Sony a7 via a LAEA 4 adapter.
By no means am I a sports photographer, but some of the shots I think came out extremely well given that I do not have anywhere near the right equipment to shoot a football game. Any sports photographer would have nothing less than a 70-200mm one there camera. The longest focal length I had was a 135mm prime lens.
Unfortunately, Mumford lost 6-0 to Renaissance. It was kind of depressed given that the Mumford defense played an astounding game. They forced the fumble, made an interception and added a couple of 3 and outs. The biggest problem was the Mumford offense. They had a very difficult time moving the ball down the field. They even missed a field goal opportunity.
Regardless of the result what surprised me was how well the Sony a7 with 135mm did in capturing action shots. I may just try to shoot another high school football game this year.
I think it is clear the Sony a7 cameras can keep up when it comes to sports.
No matter what kind of modeling you do or what level you may be at, there are certain characteristics that make for a great model of which any photographer will want to work with over and over again.
Models that have good attitudes helps to create a environment in which the photographer and model will want to give their best. Having a good personality and being interested in the photo session helps to demonstrate a positive attitude. Your photographer will feed off of this you will find that the final images will reflect a positive attitude will part of photographer and model.
2. Being on time
No matter how many blogs or advice articles you read being on time for a photo session is a significant concern among models and photographers. I have had models who have showed up more than 45 min. late for a photo session or canceled at the last minute. This can kill a reputation in a second of any model. If the photo session happens after one of the parties being late it can affect the overall environment of the photo session. It is always suggested to make every possible attempt to get to a photo session on time.
Most models have a lot of experience in front of the camera. Posing should be second nature to a model. Many photographers doing portrait or fashion sessions will simply shoot away while giving little direction between burst of shots. A model should be able to move from pose to pose very quickly without much direction. This is a skill that is developed with experience.
4. Wardrobe and makeup
If you were shooting with a photographer to help build your portfolio or your photographer's you will probably need to provide your own wardrobe and makeup. This is actually a very handy skill to have. Every photographer will not have access to a makeup artist or designer. So being able to provide these things on your own can be a big help for the success of any photo session. One of the lashes that I've done I asked the model to bring two outfits and she brought four. This allowed us to get a better variety of really good photos.
5. Taking direction
During the course of a photo shoot a photographer will give out instructions to the model. The photographer has the perspective of knowing how the image should look. From how the subject to the background and everything in between should work in a image. If the instructor is reasonable then it is a good idea to follow it to the best of your ability. If the instruction is given that makes a model uncomfortable the model should communicate this to the photographer.
6. Good communicator
Photo sessions work because the photographer and model are talking to each other. It is always a good idea to get to know your photographer or engage with them in positive conversation to develop a good working relationship before the photo shoot begins. This helps to create a positive environment. Maintaining good communication during a photo shoot is extremely important. The model should ask questions whether they are related to the photo shoot or not. It helps to create confidence in the model and it reassures the photographer that the model is engaged in the photo session.
Creativity should exist on both sides of the camera. Two creative minds during a photo shoot is better than one. Coming up with good ideas whether it is posing, choice of location, type of outfit or makeup etc. is something that is always appreciated. A single idea whether it's from the photographer or model could potentially create an exciting and stunning image.
Over the course of the past several weeks there have been numerous reviewers who have given their comments based on their test of this new camera. While everybody is entitled to their own opinion as to whether they would recommend a product sometimes a closer look at a reviewers testing methodology has to be examined.
Tony Northrup has many years of photographic experience and is a credible reviewer when it comes to examining new photographic equipment. However, it doesn't mean that the testing methodology is perfect. After looking at a number of his videos on specific Sony product there some very specific issues that I take with the way that the test out new products. I took a close examination at his recent videos on the new Sony A7rII and found specific issues with this testing methodology that I would like to address.
1. Lab testing
There are many reviewers who used lab testing as their primary means of examining whether or not a piece of gear is worthy of your hard-earned dollars. The biggest problem with lab testing is that they do not show the capability of a piece of photographic equipment in a real world situation. Take for example the testing that the popular DXO uses to evaluate sharpness of lenses. The results are based off shooting at charts and not actual objects that the typical photographer would actually shoot. Much of Northrup image detail, sharpness, dynamic range and noise performance testing was done either in a lab or in a studio. The second problem is that in a studio or lab environment the quality of the light will have just as much impact on the final result as the piece of gear that is being tested or even more so.
2 Adapted lenses
One of the greatest parts about the Sony mirrorless cameras is the ability to use adapters for a wide variety of lenses. With the release of the A7rII new adapters are now available for Canon lenses. Many of Northrup's test were done with Canon lenses. The issue is that only one Sony e-mount lens which is the 70-200 f/4 G with use during the testing of the A7rII. None of the Sony A-mount via the LAEA-4 was used during this test. Sony has released a number of great lenses for their FE mount. It is surprising that he would not use more of these lenses on his testing. He pointed out that he did not have a lot of Sony gear to use. Given the fact that he does many reviews, he could have simply rented a number of these lenses from our borrowlens.com or lumad.com.
3. Lighting conditions
As I mentioned earlier the quality of the light can affect results of meeting imaging test. So it was rather interesting when Northrup said that simulated the life of a gym in a indoor sporting situation. The problem is that as I'm sure you knows the distance of a light source from the subject will affect the exposure level and that will lead to whether the camera's autofocusing system can keep up. This test was done in his home not in an area where an actual indoor sports lighting situation could be effective. Most gyms are not surrounded by hallways, they usually wide-open area.
Tony Northrup gives you a lot of information but the way that he gets to his results at least for the a7rII are questionable. Best reviews that I've seen are the ones that are tested in actual situations where the majority of the photographers would find themselves. From my understanding there will be a third part to his review of the Sony a7rII. Once I've had an opportunity to his next review I will certainly update my opinion.
For many cosplay is not simply just a hobby but a way of life. It incorporates a very diverse group of participants stressing across the globe. People of different ages, nationalities, religions, education level and genders participate in this unique and very interesting culture. Cosplay photography gives a face and maintains a record of the culture. This is why it becomes important to examine cosplay photography as a whole to find strengths and weaknesses, in addition attempt to plot a course for future growth.
Inside of the photography industry there are many different kinds of photographers stretching from sports to landscapes. Cosplay photography has three different types of distinct photographers these includes hallway photographers, cosplay portrait photographers and digital artist. Hall way photographers are very close to event photographers. Their work revolves around photographing unique and interesting cosplay at conventions and in many cases taking great photos of the many activities occurring at conventions. Cosplay portrait photographers focused their work on taking interesting and captivating photos of single cosplayers. Many of the techniques utilized by portrait photographers can be found in their work. This could be from shooting in a studio to framing and lighting their subjects is very unique and interesting ways. Digital artist share many of the same characteristics and technique of cosplay portrait photographers. What makes it different is that during post processing they will add interesting backgrounds and effect to their images. There work make it seem as though their images were listed straight out of a movie, video game or anime series.
These three groups of cosplay photographers face unique challenges to each group. Hallway photographers usually publish large numbers of photos taken at conventions. This can become a repetitive and uninteresting process. Event photographers usually tried to create a story of the event that they shot at. This will be a great technique for hallway photographers to employ. Giving the viewer an opportunity to experience what happened at a convention through your photos creates a different experience for the viewer. Cosplay portrait photographers face a variety of challenges but the most is for one to address is posing a cosplayer. The very nature of portrait work requires that the photographer understands how to pose the body to make it look its best. For cosplay portrait photographers must not only pose the body properly but make sure that the pose reflects the character in the best way. Digital artist must ensure superior image quality. There are many good digital artist that are able to create amazing effects and backgrounds. However the best special effects will not cover up an image that is not of high quality.
One of the primary strength of cosplay photography is the huge wells of subjects that can be photographed. These days he's new subject seem to pop up overnight. Many of the subjects come from manga, anime, video games, and animated cartoons. But other sources also include Renaissance festivals, lolita fashion and original characters. At this rate there will never be a time when there is not something new and fresh to photograph in cosplay.
However, cosplay photography in general faces some significant challenges. Training and education is always an issue in photography. The difference with cosplay photography is there is not adequate educational resources for cosplay photographers. While there are blogs on cosplay photography many of them only focus on new cosplay photographers. More blogs are needed that discuss issues involving shooting and lighting technique. Cosplay photography panels at conventions is a important way in which training and education can take place. Information in these panels to cover more advanced subjects such as lighting at a convention or posing.
Working with cosplayers continues to be a significant challenge in cosplay photography. Many convention attendees talk about how they have been asked to engage in awkward poses, assaulted or subject to "sneaky" photos. Cosplay photographer must make it a priority to make sure that any person that they are photographing is comfortable, that the feel respected and that images of them be used for legitimate purposes.
The issue of charging for photos shoot continues to be one of the most significant issues facing cosplay photography. There are strong feelings on both sides of the issue. In the end this issue will be settled by cosplayers choosing if they want to pay for photo shoots or not.
As interest in cosplay grows, cosplay photography must set its sights on becoming a legitimate form of photography. By addressing these challenges in a comprehensive way will take a simple hobby and turn it into a viable industry.
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