Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How to take cosplay photo shoot in the night?

In Halloween season, cosplayers want to take cosplay photo shoot in the night, it is a kind of amazing experience, so do I. Today, I'd like to introduce you how to use speedlite in night photo shoot.

First of all, we need two speedlites and one DRL camera.(My stuff are YN560-III, YN560-II and Canon 60D with 50mm 1:1:8 II and 16-35mm)
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Arrangement of the light source as this picture show you.
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Use 4 Channels Wireless/ Radio Flash Trigger Set With 2 Receivers, then you will have a picture like this:
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By using this way, you can take cosplay photo shoot in the night~
I hope you will enjoy it~

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trick or treat! Halloween and cosplay!

Next week!The biggest festival for cosplayers will come!Halloween is coming!
In China,we do not have chance to celebrate it except some Halloween comic-cons, but now, we are living in America, I am looking forward the wonderful Halloween party!

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.(Halloween introduction from:

For preparing Halloween parties, we need wonderful makeup to make us stand out, there are so much Halloween stuff in Walmart and Halloween stores, prosthesis will be helpful! We can also find some Halloween makeup videos in Youtube, all of them are amazing!

This guy wears a kind of prosthesis
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In Halloween, people love to makeup as zombie,vampire,we can easily find this kind of videos in the Internet. There are two short videos, teach us the awesome makeup skill.

I cannot waiting for Halloween, so I try to makeup half of my face,it is just a try! Wish you guys could enjoy your Halloween!
Maybe she is a old zombie? Have a good time guys!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Best places to take cosplay photos!【part 2-South Korea&the U.S.】

If you're not a Chinese cosplayer, you can also find some awesome places that you can take awesome photos.
I went to South Korea before, and now I am living in the U.S..These two beautiful country will be examples in my post.First, let's talk about the beautiful places in Korea.
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This is the capital city of South Korea, Seoul.I took this picture in Seoul Tower, the landmark of Seoul, from this picture we can find that Seoul has nice view, we can take some smartness cosplay photos here.

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This is another landmark in Seoul named Gyeongbokgung Palace, in ancient Korea, person of royal lineage lived here. We can take wonderful ancient cosplay photos here.

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This is another big city in Korea which is near the sea, this is Busan. This city have nice climate that you can take good photos any time. Because of the sea, you can make your cosplay photos cleaner!

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This is a picture near the sea, Busan's citizen have clear sky and clear blue sea.

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This is Taebaeksanui, all we can see is snow, there are several wonderful snow mountain, without frog it will be a nice place to visit and take photos.

Then, let's talk about the U.S..I have been there just for two and half months, I just went to Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and Chicago, but I feel America's beauty, if I could take cosplay shoots, I will do it!

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Three pictures above are all taken from Topeka downtown and Washburn University, different culture gives us different chance, I can find beautiful view anywhere in America.
photo by Arvin Zhang.
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I took those photos in Kansas City and Lawrence, they are different with Topeka, more like big cities.
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I took those photos in Chicago between my fall break, I must say that Chicago is an awesome city, even if it has large wind! I think cosplayers can take any kind of cosplay shoots here!

Cosplay just like a trip, we live in all the beautiful views!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Best places to take cosplay photos!【part 1-CHINA】

As a cosplayer, I must say, I always look for nice places to take awesome cosplay photos, when I arrive in a new place, the first thought in my mind is:”I think it is an awesome place to take cosplay photos! This place just likes where I saw from the comic book.”
Make a right choice to the place where we can take cosplay photos is an important part of cosplay shooting. I will show you some places that I had been to, or where I took pictures, I hope that would be helpful.

Let's start with China, my hometown.
photo by:Xinyue Gao(Alex)

This is Shanghai, I took this picture in Tianzifang. You can take some soft cosplay here, such as 君に届け
photo by:Xinyue Gao(Alex)
I took this picture in Jiayuguan,a beautiful city near my hometown. There is a beautiful place after raining.
photo by:Xinyue Gao(Alex)

photo by:Xinyue Gao(Alex)

These two pictures took in Dunhuang, a part of silk way. In there, you can play the character from comic books like MAGI and ONE PIECE.
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All of them took in Beijing Dashanzi Art District,there are so many abandoned factory, if you want to play the character from DRRR, you can choice this place

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We took those picture in Hengdian, a city belongs to Hangzhou province. Hengdian Movie and Television City is a place so-called East Hollywood. Many famous movies and TV series were born here. It has so many different part such as Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival, Hong Kong street, Guangzhou street, and so on.
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We took those picture in Lanzhou. Because I live in Lanzhou,so I am familiar with this beautiful city.
Cosplay just like a travel,finally,we will reach the place we want to go.

Next post will talk about beautiful place in Korea and America, all of them are great to take cosplay photos!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wasting of time? No,it is valuable!

Because of that cosplay appears more and more frequently in people’s eyes, some people might questioned what is the value of cosplay?

So many people think that cosplay is a waste of time, on the contrary, cosplay is a valuable activity. Animation and game industry hope cosplay activities to promote the development of the industry. Thus, costume play developed as business promotion activities. Cosplay is not only a subsidiary cultural of animation and game culture, but also a cultural promotes the development of animation and game industry business promotional activities. 
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This is a Comic-Con in China. Comic-Con make a huge economic value.

We have heard someone said: I love it, I experience it, after I experience it, I love it more. From this statement and cosplayers’ behavior, advertisers extract the value of advertising value of cosplay, namely, the feeling mode in advertising.
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cosplay elements in Ads.

As if that were not enough, I know you all have your own idol, if your idol plays a role from a game which you never played before, are you curious about that? I am sure you want to try that game. Because of public figures join in cosplay, social media will pay more attention to those people and cosplay. That makes another value of cosplay, the propaganda value.
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She is a Chinese star named Bingbing Fan, she was play a character from a video game named Wan wang zhi wang III

As you see, cosplay is a valuable activity, there are not only the value of economic world but also in our life.

We can learn so many things from cosplay. for me, I learned how to makeup in different styles, I learned how to use Photoshop and SAI, I learned how to make friends with the people all over the world(cosplay is a sociable activity), I learned how to take good pictures in different light, if I could tell you all of the value that cosplay have, I can speak whole day! And now, I'm still learning something from it!

Cosplay is awesome, I wish all of you can join us! We can create value, we can make cosplay better and better!