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13 Apr 2014 - 14:42112754
Photography portraiture proposition
Hey Cosplay world,

I am think of beginning a new photographic portrait project and would like to get "your" opinion on whether it is something worth pursuing.

I am possibly looking to use a wet plate photographic process that is around 170 years old, (think old cameras, bellows and dark cloths) to capture the cosplaying communities at shows across the UK.

The process is quite complicated, but ideally I would produce images that are a unique image for Cosplayers to purchase (probably around £15 for an 6 x 4 tintype).

Is it worth considering?
Would you buy one?

Thanks for your ears.



Last edited by Blackfinger (13 Apr 2014 - 15:08)
13 Apr 2014 - 15:25112757
Your audience is probably quite limited, and the bulk of equipment, and time of exposure might mean you need a stall/booth rather than roaming the venue.

But that said its definitely worth pursuing further (probably do some more specific market research too.)

The real question is can you make it financially viable (not necessarily profitable, but at least cover your costs)

I personally wouldn't buy one, but I'm a cheapskate who knows how to use the Sepia tool on PhotoPlus


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Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (13 Apr 2014 - 15:26)
13 Apr 2014 - 15:32112758
When you say the audience is quite limited, could you expand a little please, do you mean because of price point or because of interest?

Yes, I have a portable darkroom and equipment, so a booth, or somewhere out of the way would be the way forward.

In terms of pricing, yes I would be looking to cover costs only.

Thanks for your honesty with regard to if your would pay for one.
It's a shame digital has taken much of the uniqueness of the process.

Thanks again


17 Apr 2014 - 10:49112840
Quote Blackfinger:
When you say the audience is quite limited, could you expand a little please, do you mean because of price point or because of interest?


I mean in interest. You might have more luck targetting Steampunk costumers/cosplayers, who might be interested in the process, as well as the finished result.

Quote Blackfinger:
It's a shame digital has taken much of the uniqueness of the process.


Like that damn printing press, taking away the uniqueness of hand written illustrated manuscripts


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06 May 2014 - 00:58113248
I'd say that like Pandora said, your market is Steampunk, Neo-Victorian and Gothic Lolita, so focus on events that are heavily oriented around those genres. I'd be interested if I had a suitable costume, but then, I'm a suckers for Lomography and I collect tintypes/old studio photographic postcards and homeless photo albums I find in charity shops.


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