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Posing for Cosplay Photos: A Tutorial!
Here’s some quick basics about posing to look your best in cosplay photos!
- Figure out your “good side.” What does the “good side” actually mean? Well, it’s the angle that you like best for your body and face in photos. A photographer who just met you may not know how you feel accentuates your favorite features as far as angle and pose, so test it out in a mirror. Look at your face from different angles, make lots of expressions, and if you’re in front of a long mirror, shift your weight from side to side, bend one knee, both knees, tilt your torso at different angles, figure out what you like best! If you know these yourself, it’s way easier for you to get pictures you like.
- Relax, relax, RELAX. Unless you’re trying to look disgusted, angry, or are in a battle pose, relax your face! Exhale when the photo is being taken, If you have to smile, think of something that will make you genuinely smile, or laugh a little, it looks much more genuine. Don’t stop breathing because you’re posing either!
- Don’t lock your knees! This is a mistake I used to make a lot, If you have to hold a pose for awhile, you can potentially pass out if you lock your knees for two long! Also, if you’re biologically female cosplaying a male character, it also makes a curve of the leg that only females are capable of physically making.
- Don’t strain yourself! If you’re not comfortable doing a pose, don’t force it. Oftentimes the picture isn’t worth the bodily injury, especially if you are balancing on something!
- Fake it til you make it. Sometimes super-athletic poses look really cool, but are difficult to hold for a camera. A deep crouch might be hard to hold, but a similar-looking kneel or even sitting position could look just as convincing. Otherwise, practice makes perfect!
- Do what shows off the best parts of your costume! If you have an awesome cape, can you get shots with it fluttering in the wind, or sprawled out around you? Can you make really neat lines with stripes on your shirt or pants with diagonal poses? If you have an epic wig, be sure to get some closeups, or shots from above. If there’s a specific area of beading or stitching you like, try to pick poses where it is visible.
- Make interesting shapes. I know this seems weird, and a lot of this is up to your photographer, but if you mention it, they’ll probably go for it. The two most pleasing shapes in compositions are triangles and circles. Think about the shapes your costume makes and how they’ll make cool pictures! Large dresses can make lovely circles in top-down shots, and I’m awkwardly long and lanky, so I often use my legs to create lines for the eye through compositions. If you can envision a cool photo in your head and prepare poses in advance, you can work with your photographer to make it happen!
- Have fun and don’t stress! Cosplay photoshoots should be fun, not painful, and if you have fun doing it, it’s all the more rewarding when you get your pictures back! For me, it feels like Christmas, and I hope it does for you too! (It also really shows in your photos if you’re enjoying yourself!)
DAY 3: Fave Female StarKid.
From the moment I started the “30 Days StarKid Challenge” I knew this was going to be an easy one. From the first thing I saw, from StarKid, I couldn’t get my eyes of her. Despite the fact that she not has the best female voice in the team (with that person being probably Jaime Lyn Beatty), the way she plays her roles, completely “deleting” her personal image while she does it, made her my favorite female StarKid.
Of course I’m talking about…
Lauren Lopez! Being a sort of an amateur actor myself I find what she does incredibly difficult. The distance between making Draco Malfoy’s character funny (the way she does him funny) and making him a caricature and ultimately a joke, that no one even laughs with, is very small and Lauren knows it and not only keeps the balance, but she makes us laugh every time she is on stage!
And not only that! Finding that in the first play allows her to do it again and again! She is playing Taz at Starship and again she finds that thin and delicate balance.
But at the same time she plays Buggette and you can see a completely different face of her.
And through all this time her voice keeps improving and still finds time to go to big tours with the team. And to top all that she is a part of the *glow team, which from what I understand helps a lot of people.
I have to stop. This post is way to big already but I mean it was for Lauren so I’m a little excused right? One last thing, she is so gorgeous. And…
2/7 Anons are okay with me posting them, one suggesting they be put into one big post
I could post them if all anons are okay with it, but they would all be put into a big photoset, and I wouldn’t be able to answer all of them properly.. ; <;
I mean, I don’t have an answer for each ask..
But, wouldn’t it seem a bit.. weird to post them all..?
I just don’t want people thinking that I’m posting them all because I want to show off or anything like that.. ;///;
Perhaps it would be best to just keep them to myself..
Or do I just answer the ones that I can/feel like I should answer..?