ColossalCon 2010 Live Blog – Photography 101
The panelist was about 10 minutes late and said he did not prepare for the panel so it’s a Q&A format.
Basic convention etiquette:
- Try to find locations that are somewhat out of the way
- Don’t stop someone in the middle of the hall and take a picture across the width of the hall
- Do front, side, 3/4 shot to take better pictures of the costume that show off the craftsmanship
- For individuals, it’s a lot simpler and easier to work with – you don’t have to manage as many people
- Look out for extraneous limbs, especially when posing together
- Look for things that might be awkward later on (ex. this pose didn’t work before, etc.)
- For groups, sometimes it can be finicky since some people in groups don’t do what you ask them
- Try to keep symmetry and balance
- You can do traditional everyone line up or someone kneeling down in front
- You can also do action poses in groups
- Still be on the lookout for random limbs or things that look awkward
- Be way of your surroundings
Point and shoots can get good enough pictures. The biggest thing is being aware of the limitations of your camera, including the flash. I’ve actually been shooting without flash for this entire convention by adjusting the exposure and setting aperture manually. Using flash in the masquerade in the back of the room is pointless. If you use flash in the hall it can be used for fill flash but again, I have read from numerous sources that it’s not necessary. Direct flash doesn’t have good results and usually you’ll have a black border around the subject. To solve this problem it’s as easy as using a piece of tissue paper or using reflector cards. You want to make sure that you set the white balance first.
Really good zoom lenses allow for shallow depth of field since it lets in more light. With a lower aperture number the depth of field is more shallow since it means that the lens is open wider.
The panel seemed to be half run by the one guy who ran around the con taking pictures on his Canon Mark IV with the flash and reflector.