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Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot locations

January 22nd, 2017

When thinking about a photography topic to talk about, I remembered how Liz recently asked me whether I figure out the photoshoot locations or if the cosplayers do. I haven’t really touched on this part of photography, but I thought it’d be an interesting thing to go over!

At Conventions

Most of my photoshoots happen at Anime conventions, which makes sense since it’s where cosplayers typically wear their cosplays. The “pro” is that I can meet cosplayers from other cities, and I can book several in one weekend. The “con” is that I’m pretty much stuck to locations at or within a short walking distance of the convention.

If the cosplayer has a location preference, we’ll use that. For example, when we did a Scooby Doo photoshoot, we used an abandoned building that the cosplayers found as the background.

A couple times, I’ve been requested to do a hotel room shoot, and we’ll use the one they’re staying in for the convention.

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Behind the scenes: backdrop photos

May 13th, 2015

It’s been a while since I last did a “behind the scenes” post about one of my photos! I’m actually covering two photos this time:



These might look familiar because I posted them just recently in my last Project 52 recap. I had several comments about the backdrop set-up, so I decided to talk more about it :)

Fabric: Since I sew, I have a lot of left over fabric, which is what I used for those two photos. When it comes to small set-ups, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy those big paper or muslin backdrops that photographers use for portraits. I would go to your local fabric store, find some inexpensive, matte fabric that isn’t too thin, and buy a couple yards.

White and black are very versatile, but other colors and patterns are fun too. If you look at the first photo, you’ll notice I used fabric with a subtle pattern. I recommend ironing your fabric so the wrinkles won’t show.

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A quick guide to DSLR settings

February 25th, 2015

When it comes to using a DSLR, I always recommend giving the manual settings a try. After all, if you control your settings, then you also control how your photo turns out. Auto mode may try its best, but it can’t read your mind!


As someone who had to go through the same learning curve, I know that it can be confusing and take a while to get used to. However, like anything else, the more you use it, the easier it’ll get. The pay-off is worth it! Trust me!

And fear not! For I am here to help. Well um… I hope this helps at least :) I call this a “quick” guide because I skip over many technical details. Rather than going into why it works, I’ll go into how you can think about it. Let’s get started!

Thinking in terms of light

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Light is extremely important in photography. You can think of the three major manual settings in terms of how much light you are letting in.

Shutter speed

  • Is how long the shutter is open, and it’s measured in seconds. Shorter time = Faster shutter.
    Example: 1/400 second (1/400th of a second) is faster than 1/100 second.
  • It’s often compared to a water faucet. If you leave the faucet on longer, more water comes out, right? This is the same as the shutter. The longer it’s open, the more light comes in.
  • Slow shutter: longer time, more light, but higher chance of blurring your photo.
  • Fast shutter: shorter time, less light, but better for getting clear shots.

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