Studio Practice with Aiko

Creating a very ghetto rigged studio out of my living room has been surprisingly constructive. Shoving around all the furniture and setting up some sort of background brings out a little creativity to get things in order.  I’ll need to pick up pieces of furniture or something to add to the photos.  @spicyaoiroll had a lovely black dress that we used to shoot with a white backdrop.  I could see myself getting tired of white, so even just a different color of paper roll would be nice.   We snapped a couple more outback with a vape.  When the wind isn’t a problem, the clouds created can make for a really unique element in the photo.

Gundam Night

@ryo_cosplay had a little robot to photograph.  DeathScythe had a few issues that night, the wings didn’t want to cooperate with us so we had to tone it down a notch.  There was a chance to use an umbrella I borrowed thanks to having a friend secure it.   Umbrellas, especially large ones can tip over so easily with a small gust of wind.

 

Beach D.VA

The wonderful thing about Overwatch is the huge variety of outfits available for the cosplay community.   Masapuff picked up a swimsuit and we hit up the beach for some photos and snacks.  The tide has been messing with the spots I frequent in town so we switched it up a few times to see what worked best.  The only downside to moving so much is having to clean off the sand before getting into the car.  As much as I never expected to use it, the tilt screen for these newer cameras can be pretty useful.   I couldn’t get the perspective I desired until I held the camera way above my head and it would have been much more difficult to focus without such a useful feature.

 

Nightwing = Best Waifu

The night was dark and full of sexy Dick pics,  Dick Grayson to be exact.   I had the opportunity to shoot with the elusive @takacosplay  as he portrayed Nightwing.  We hit up downtown in the early evening and ventured into an alley that gave a creepy vibe but didn’t scare us away.  I brought out the Nikon  D750 and borrowed an 85mm f1.8 G from my friend.  Nightwing forgot his weapons at home so we had to improvise a few stances. After reviewing the photos and talking with another photographer, I got a few tips on how to make an action hero more imposing.  Highly unlikely that I’ll remember to use them when the time is needed, but I’ll try.

 

 

In the end, Nightwing took it upon himself to rescue a young damsel from boredom.

 

Catsmas lights

A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights.  I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you.  We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started.  We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in.  There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand.   Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach.  The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.

 

Nikon D750 with a black backdrop

 

Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls

 

Kitten on the Beach

Met up with Kitten on a beach without really thinking of what the area would have for lighting at night.  It turned out to be pitch black and pretty damn creepy.  Luckily we didn’t run into anything and I had my flash.  In really dark spots like this, it helps to have a flash light so your camera can focus a lot easier.  Using an off camera speedlite is still a bit foreign to me if the light is heading straight for the subject. It took a while to find a groove with the flash and where to set it, I’m really trying to focus on speeding up how long this adjustment period takes.  Due to the sketchy feels and pitch black scenes, I liked the hard shadows coming across everything.

 

Last Minute Trip to Cali Part 2

I had a great opportunity to shoot in a studio for the first time thanks to my friend Ed.   He held my hand as I worked with studio strobes and gave lots of great tips that I have generally forgotten.  The advice may need to be repeated a few dozen times. This experience has motivated me to set something up in my living room at home, the main problem is convincing people to come to this side of the island for photos.  Instead of going out on crazy adventures my trip was rather low key, spending a lot of time trying to meet up with my friends.  It may be considered boring to handle my time up there like I did, but I was so happy to meet up with everyone.