Cosplay has exploded in popularity over the last decade. In previous years, it was just for the hardcore fans at conventions and seen as a pastime for Japanese anime fans, but now it has burst into Western culture and there are cosplayers of just about every kind; for anime, video games, and television and movies.
Many cosplayers have even begun to monetize their skills and are becoming big players in the Instagram influence industry. Having a strong social media following for your cosplay is a great way to earn some money and benefits from your hobby and give you fresh funds to invest in new and even more elaborate costumes for cosplay conventions and public appearances.
Here are three top tips for getting the best photographs of your cosplaying, so you can start building up your social media following and become the next big cosplay star.
Lighting is Everything When You Are Taking a Picture
Good lighting is one of the most important aspects of any picture taking, no matter what the subject is. If you want to get good looking pictures of your cosplay, without resorting to overusing filters or post-production photoshopping, then you want to try and take your pictures in strong natural light.
If you don’t have access to good sunlight or the weather is not playing along, then you will need a number of artificial light sources to get the best pictures. There are many photography lighting kits available online that can help any amateur photographer take professional looking shots. These will really help your photos to ‘pop’ and stand out from the crowd online, helping you to build your social media following and influence.
Get the Right Props to Complete the Look and Build a Scene
You may well spend a lot of money getting the right props for your costume, but have you ever thought about getting some props or even some scenery to complete the look of your photographs and complement your costume?
Clever use of props can even set a scene and make meta-references for fans of the character you are cosplaying and the content they are a part of. You can set interesting scenes and photographs using all sorts of things, like old vehicles or unique landscapes or even outdoor kitchen cabinets that can give your character an interesting picture that helps set a scene.
Make Dynamic Shots Using Angles and Apps
Taking a picture from a dynamic angle can make a lot of difference to how a picture looks on social media. Too many shots are taken from a level perspective, either vertically or horizontally, so just using a unique angle can help your cosplay picks stand out.
There are a number of apps available that can add special effects to pictures, and these are particularly handy for editing photos while you are at a convention or public appearance.
It would be a shame to put in all that effort into getting your cosplay just right, only to be let down and held back by poor photography or bad lighting. Hopefully, these three tips will help you make the most of your cosplay and get the kind of shots that will take you to the next level of your cosplay career.