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16 May 2013 - 01:10102602
Photoshoot with forum member Kei Lin Sama
I'm starting to think that this cosplay photography business has a lot in common with real estate.. location, location, location!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlos_adama/sets/72157633465825077/


16 May 2013 - 22:21102637
Thanks Adama, I had an awesome day with you. Best photoshoot I've ever had!


16 May 2013 - 22:34102639
WOW! What absolutely beautiful photos. Kei Lin Sama is a very talented cosplayer, gorgeous. Well done to you both =]


16 May 2013 - 22:36102640
Quote Kei Lin Sama:
Thanks Adama, I had an awesome day with you. Best photoshoot I've ever had!


Ditto!

and thanks Kacela, I am very happy with the result as well


17 May 2013 - 12:46102661
Really nice photos! Having a right backdrop makes all the difference. It's so satisfying, when everything comes together.

John


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18 May 2013 - 00:31102704
Quote WProtocolW:
Really nice photos! Having a right backdrop makes all the difference. It's so satisfying, when everything comes together.

John
Yeah, for me choosing the right location makes 50% of the shoot, it puts the costume and character in context and enhances the illusion.

Con shoots are almost a necessary evil, I'll take a location shoot anytime


21 May 2013 - 15:46102878
Great work




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21 May 2013 - 16:00102879
Quote summer star:
Great work

I just realised I owe you an email... do'h!


21 May 2013 - 16:42102883
definitely awesome shots, and lovely to see a Sony camera photographer around... so many nikon fans nowdays, strange to see anyone using anything else

M


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21 May 2013 - 17:04102885
Quote Methos:
definitely awesome shots, and lovely to see a Sony camera photographer around... so many nikon fans nowdays, strange to see anyone using anything else

M
I got an earlier sony when it was on offer and you know how it is, you keep buying more lenses and whatnot and when you realise you're stuck with it.

I think the lens variety is a bit small, but otherwise I'm getting very decent results, in the end I think it's up to your skill as a photographer. I actually think that sometimes having a lesser camera is better for you, because it makes you work harder.

I've also noticed in flickr stats that the use of the latest stl sonys has gone up a lot in the last year. I found the stl tech a bit awkward at first,but now I am really loving it. As I shoot in manual, being able to see how the pic is going to look before shooting is a great advantage


21 May 2013 - 17:08102886
yeah manual is definitely the best way i found...

I used to use a sony alpha build, my original was a Canon 500D, so i got a converter to work with the sony body while i used it, i've only recently moved back to Canon, purely because their frame rate and speed is outmatched nowdays, which is what i mostly use it for at work

M


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04 Jun 2013 - 20:27103600
That is such a nice gallery, wow! And a fellow Sony user too!

I echo the feeling about not intending to get tied down to one brand haha. I first bought a Sony A350 5 or 6 years ago because I preferred the image compared to the Nikon or Canons of the time (I thought they looked artificially sharpened), and yeah 5 lenses, a flash and a battery grip later I'm kind of stuck shooting Sony for the time being.

My biggest gripe with Sony though is that the lenses either seem to be up to £200 or £1000-1500 with nothing inbetween... I would quite like a mid range lens you know?

I was considering jumping to Nikon just before Expo but I decided it would be too much stuff to replace in such a short amount of time (but to be honest all I used was my 18-55 and the 50 f1.8).

I don't really understand the SLT system (haven't looked into it really) but I gather rather than flipping the mirror up, they use a semi translucent one that just stays there? I heard you lose light because of it though and I thought that was probably a bad thing with how desperate I am for light indoors at Expos!

Fortunately I was able to track down an A580 which was one of the last few traditional SLRs Sony made and I love it. IQ is really good as it shares the same sensor as a K-5 and D7000, but it's a bit thin on features compared to the current line up.

What I do love about it though (and I'm betting all SLRs have this feature now haha) is being able to use the main sensor for live view so you can zoom in and be really accurate with your manual focus. I also prefer the optical viewfinder over the electronic ones they use now.


I was looking at getting the 85mm f2.8 actually as I found the 50mm f1.8 had a little too much distortion and didn't isolate quite as much as I'd have liked for portraits, though I'm kind of hung up on the fact that I've heard it's not as sharp as the 50mm, nor is it as fast.


Anyway enough gear talk, amazing shoot. You've given me no excuses now since we have similar kit



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05 Jun 2013 - 15:30103651
Quote Zero1:

My biggest gripe with Sony though is that the lenses either seem to be up to £200 or £1000-1500 with nothing inbetween... I would quite like a mid range lens you know?


I don't really understand the SLT system (haven't looked into it really) but I gather rather than flipping the mirror up, they use a semi translucent one that just stays there? I heard you lose light because of it though and I thought that was probably a bad thing with how desperate I am for light indoors at Expos!
Anyway enough gear talk, amazing shoot. You've given me no excuses now since we have similar kit


I've decided to stick with sony and the lenses I have for a bit, I think that being a bit challenged kit wise might make me a better photographer because it'll take me more effort to get the shots.

To be honest I almost exclusively use the 50mm 1.8, althought I'm trying to figure out what other lens to get, prime probably, for group shots, as the 50 is a nightmare in cons if you have a large group.
If I'm travelling or doing street stuff I normally go with my other lens, the 18-250mm.

Now, regarding the stl, I hated it at first. The I found out that really works for it, as what you get on the viewfinder and screen is a video signal, when you change aperture, color balance, iso, any value, you see live why your pictures is going to change (except for the blurring associated with movement in long exposure). I've found that incredible useful, as you end up shooting less.

Also, as you can move the screen/viewer around I've started to use it more. As I do a lot of superhero stuff, Ilike to shoot those a lot below eye level, to enhance the size of the cosplayers, so that functionality helps a lot


05 Jun 2013 - 19:09103664
Quote Adama:
Quote Zero1:

My biggest gripe with Sony though is that the lenses either seem to be up to £200 or £1000-1500 with nothing inbetween... I would quite like a mid range lens you know?


I don't really understand the SLT system (haven't looked into it really) but I gather rather than flipping the mirror up, they use a semi translucent one that just stays there? I heard you lose light because of it though and I thought that was probably a bad thing with how desperate I am for light indoors at Expos!
Anyway enough gear talk, amazing shoot. You've given me no excuses now since we have similar kit


I've decided to stick with sony and the lenses I have for a bit, I think that being a bit challenged kit wise might make me a better photographer because it'll take me more effort to get the shots.

To be honest I almost exclusively use the 50mm 1.8, althought I'm trying to figure out what other lens to get, prime probably, for group shots, as the 50 is a nightmare in cons if you have a large group.
If I'm travelling or doing street stuff I normally go with my other lens, the 18-250mm.

Now, regarding the stl, I hated it at first. The I found out that really works for it, as what you get on the viewfinder and screen is a video signal, when you change aperture, color balance, iso, any value, you see live why your pictures is going to change (except for the blurring associated with movement in long exposure). I've found that incredible useful, as you end up shooting less.

Also, as you can move the screen/viewer around I've started to use it more. As I do a lot of superhero stuff, Ilike to shoot those a lot below eye level, to enhance the size of the cosplayers, so that functionality helps a lot

Yeah, I too was looking for a wider prime. I went for the 35mm because I thought it would just about do the job but I found that for me personally, when I'm taking photos at things like arcades or tournaments (I play/photograph a bit in the fighting game community), it's just not quite wide enough and I resort to my kit lens.

Personally I wouldn't bother with the 35mm f1.8 as I think it's a bit too similar to the 50mm. I think something like a 24mm would have suited me if such a thing was available (probably is by Tamron or Sigma but I tend to stick to OEM stuff).

I'd quite like an ultra wide too, but they are so expensive and the CAs on them annoy me.

Oh, I don't know if you realise, but they have recently made a 16-50mm kit lens for their newer cameras. It's pretty expensive too, so I think the optics are probably way better seeing as we are now up to 24mp sensors and such.

And yeah, I hear what you are saying about the wysiwyg nature of SLT. I can come close to that since I have a little depth of field button on the body, just to the lower left of the lens mount as you look at it from the front. The trouble is it's not in a great place and it's not a toggle switch, so you have to wrestle with the camera to keep it held down if you wand to zoom around the picture to see what is in focus.

I thought it would have been an amazing feature for me, but to be honest I'll just end up taking a few shots at different apertures.

Oh yeah, don't forget you can use Minolta lenses on our alphas too. Maybe there is a good lens or two out there.


18 Jun 2013 - 22:06104223
Well done but how do you keep people away?
Congratulations on a very well executed shoot. I've been wanting to do a shoot in Kyoto garden for a while myself but have always been wondering how to keep people away long enough to get some decent shots. Everytime I've been there without my camera it seemed that it was pretty crowded and would be difficult to get a clean background.


18 Jun 2013 - 22:20104226
Quote Ohako:
Congratulations on a very well executed shoot. I've been wanting to do a shoot in Kyoto garden for a while myself but have always been wondering how to keep people away long enough to get some decent shots. Everytime I've been there without my camera it seemed that it was pretty crowded and would be difficult to get a clean background.
We went on a sunday morning early-ish and it wasn't too bad, plus people was very accommodating.

Still one of the gardeners mentioned that you can call in advance and they can make it easier for you, check their website


20 Jun 2013 - 23:04104344
I have a 28mm MF Tokina for my Pentax which is great for group shots. Sadly not compatible with Sony alpha mount but if you can find something compatible with the same focal length that might work for you.


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