More Four Swords Link group madness! From Katsucon 2015 -

All photo credits go to Iruma Shibuya Photography.

as Red Link,
as Vio
Hazelwitch Cosplay
as Blue
as Green
KHY Cosplay
as Shadow

Ken's Cosplay & Convention Photography Tip #3: Picking & Posting Photos

Following a shoot the photographer may deliver just 1 photo afterwards (I can respect that) or as many as 60. The more photos being picked can mean more work for the photographer and less time to do said work.

This can also lead into a gallery which may have a lot of photos, but they all look very similar and little variation. The problem to your audience here is that they can become overwhelmed and your shots from a thumbnail view won’t stand out from each other. Somebody might click one photo featuring some pose/angle that might be the worst out of the other yet similar photos. Then move on to the next set of photos with a similar angle/pose.

The not so good take

The take I want people to see

To help yourself and your audience I would recommend settling on the best photo utilizing some sort of pose/angle and move on to next. Sometimes having 2 photos of the same angle/pose is fine, but remember to not overwhelm the audience. Nor do you need to burn yourself out.

If you are having trouble deciding there are a few routes you can go. You can consult your subject and allow them to pick which ones they want posted/edited. You can also consult a friend (preferably another Cosplayer) to help you decide.

Here is the big difference from the first photo gallery. See how each shot stands out?

I would also recommend the photographer create a clear expectation on how many photos are to be received following the shoot. Nowadays I usually post “3-8 with the possibility of more”. This works for me because if a shoot has problems I know I can deliver at least 3 clean photos and if it goes exceptionally well I have the window to post more.

When posting your photos, I strongly recommend not using Facebook as a way for your client to pick up the photo. Facebook is notorious for downgrading the image. To help you deliver the image that was intended for your client I would recommend an image hosting service like Flickr, photobucket or send an e-mail.

Make sure your client is downloading and using the proper version. I have ran into the occasional issue where a client will mistake a 640x480 version or a degraded gmail thumbnail as the intended version. Talk with your client on how to properly download the image. Nowadays I will link directly to the “Original Size” on Flickr.

Just remember that because you may like a photo and other people may like it, does not mean the subject will like it. I would recommend showing the images to them first before anyone else.

Only other advice is to always toy with a photo before discarding. I’ve created some real gems that did not look great until I edited a little

On a final note I encourage the photographer to provide 1 image within 72 hours of the convention. If you are busy or do a lot if post work, I would recommend providing some form of proof or preview. This courtesy will strengthen the faith between you and the subject. It will also give the Cosplayer something to post right after the convention and be more patient in waiting for the rest.

Thanks for reading and be sure to like and comment. I am also on Facebook as Ken AD Photography for cosplay photos and my new Ken Austin Photography for my non cosplay work.