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07 Feb 2011 - 23:2550084
Posing?
Sorry if this is the wrong place or has been done before but was wondering about what people generally do about posing when in cosplay.

I'm kind of camera shy and tend to panic and sand awkwardly when a camera comes out



Last edited by Deathblow_Prime (07 Feb 2011 - 23:25)
07 Feb 2011 - 23:5250087
Research some poses that your character does (or might do) before the convention, then practice them all in front of a big mirror. Think of as many as possible so you aren't just standing in the same pose in every single photo!

It's really just about confidence though, which you'll build up by practicing your poses beforehand


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07 Feb 2011 - 23:5450088
Poses can be pretty hard to get down, especially if you're not used to being infront of the camera before D: Best advice I can give is do your homework xD Check out the mannerisms/poses a character has and often uses, and practice infront of the mirror before hand!

I do have some tips though; I'll use Sho Minamimoto as an example, just cause I'm super excited to cosplay him and I ordered my jacket pattern yesterday xDD;;

Some characters tend to stand in a particular way, like how minamimoto kicks his hips forward like this. Or like how L has that crazy posture (or lack thereof) thing goin on;;

Sometimes they have weird mannerisms with their hands, like Sho's crazy-laugh/pi-rant/arms-out thing (I love when I see Sho cosplayers doing that pose xD), or those weird ninjutsu thingys Naturo and his crew do♥

Also, it really helps to have a prop to pose with!! Minamimoto's got his trusty blue megaphone... Lavi has his hammer, Sora has his keyblade... etc xD Then if you're really running out of ideas, you can just grab your prop and strike a badass/crackish pose with it♥

Check out what other cosplayers are doing too!! It can be really inspiring browsing through people who've done the same character... Or even different characters who've just got the kind of feel you're after, like badass or cute!!♥

All in all, just be cool and confident - you're in cosplay! Noone's going to care if you're acting like a total goof for the camera~~ That's part of the fun xDD♥♥ I hope this helps some anyways :'D *crawls off to bed*;;;


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07 Feb 2011 - 23:5750089
if you have a prop its easier to pose,

but my best poses are when i chop my head off on a pictures, its now become my signature pose , just cos i just seem to have an awkward face, and this way people will see my costume as the character, well thats what i tell myself


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07 Feb 2011 - 23:5850090
Thanks .
The suggestions are really good. I've done other things during a con I normally wouldn't but I still freeze up when it comes to cameras. I will definately take your advice.
Cutting heads off is different wish people could do that for me (am really unphotogenic).



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08 Feb 2011 - 03:3650099
I've got some scans from some random magazine which demonstrate some good ways to pose... they're all in Japanese, but the pictures are pretty useful.

I myself am pretty terrible at posing too, but I've been practising so hopefully I won't fail quite so hard this expo...

This will be pretty image heavy, sorry ><

Edit: Well none of the pics worked, so bear with me whilst I redo them...

Edit: This is apparently the best I can do... If anyone would like to tell me how to do them properly, I'd very much appreciate it ><








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Last edited by CerysKitty (08 Feb 2011 - 03:44)
08 Feb 2011 - 04:0750100
(btw them photos where realy usefull ))

This may help you or not but when i pose for a photo i've realised the more my posture is in a fixed 'almost feeling unnatural' is the better it comes out.

What i mean is, the more motion and good posture of your body the better it looks.
Also try before going to a con off standing in-front off a full body mirror and pose by standing straight, then play with bending your foot in front of you, side of you, pointing it, crouching etc or playing about with the movement off it, after then try your hands/arms.

Main thing is posture, attitude, dramatic look and confidence. I have the worst confidence but when in-front off a camera i try to take on the point off the camera isn't there and that its just me posing in my mirror.

Hope this helps and wasn't a load of nonsense o.o


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08 Feb 2011 - 05:2850101
Wow those scans are really cool!
I second SachikoYumi's post. Try learning/practice some basic posture! Good posture makes basic poses look more interesting,um in my opinion. Don't think I should be the one talking though sometimes I can't help but hunch slightly grrrr


08 Feb 2011 - 09:5650102
I saw this on DA ages ago and I think it's a good reference.

http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com/journal/21030596/


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08 Feb 2011 - 21:0150127
The scans are really good.
As well as the advice and deviant art link .
Will need to start practicing in a mirror at some point soon then .


09 Feb 2011 - 00:5550140
I don't know if this mind help, but:
When someone takes a photo, inhale (don't exhale), because you automatically straighten and hold yourself higher when you do this. You won't be so hunched to look as if your slouching.
I think this might link with what SachikoYumi said but try to stretch when you pose, it makes your body look better and less...erm, I don't want to say lazy, but you know what I mean. (so if you do the hip thrust the the side thing, it look better to raise on foot to the toes, rather than bend one knee) But some tension in your limbs, but don't be tense.
Also, think about the shapes/poses you make and how they come out on photo. So angles are generally good (as you saw in the links), they also don't make you look so wide (even thin people can look wide in photos).

But then, I think that's pretty much saying/adding to what others have already said. Practice is key, but then, when t comes to having my photo taken, I forger all of these.


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09 Feb 2011 - 22:5050201
All I have to say is know the character well!
If you love them, they'll come natually to you!

I always pratice some poses and read the manga again before the day for photo shoot, or talk with your friends who knows about the character...My friend and I always imagine what the character will do in different scenarios and this helps alot!


10 Feb 2011 - 01:2450206
- Don't be afraid to do some poses where you're not looking directly at the camera. It can look more natural in a picture if your character is looking " off-screen " or if they are interacting with and reacting to another character from the same series rather than just facing into the lense.

- If you're aiming a gun as part of your pose it looks better if it isn't facing the camera 100% head-on. When aiming forward tilt it very slightly to the side so that they can catch a tiny bit of the side of the gun as well as just the front, or if the photographer moves position to get this effect themselves don't reposition your gun to follow them.

- Maybe obvious but if you're wearing a con-badge remove it for a moment (but don't loose it). You'll be happier with your photos afterwards. Another way to not get random things or people in the photo is to stand against a plain-coloured wall, so if someone asks you for a picture in the middle of a crowd don't be afraid to ask them if they'd prefer you to stand " just over there " instead.

- As has already been said look at what kinds of mannerisms your character has and try to copy them. Even if they aren't an eccentric or really lively character they may still have some more subtle mannerisms. For example I've noticed that Light Yagami tends to gesture with his hands quite a bit when he speaks or when he's looking thoughful, and both Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya and Squall Leonhart have a face-palm type pose that they do.


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10 Feb 2011 - 05:1350211
With posing I find practice makes perfect. Study the character and practice in front of the mirror to get the postioning right. When you are feeling more confident have a friend over or ask a family memember to take pictures of you in postion. Look over what has been taken and see how you could improve.

Body language is very important. If your character has no signature pose or stance then long overall how your character acts and try to postion your whole body so it looks like your character looks interesting to the person taking the photo.

Facial expressions also. If your character is happy lets see a huge smile or some excitement. Angry then screw your your face into a fit of rage. Different characters have varied expressionsthat can be over the top or some may be expressionless


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13 May 2011 - 16:1556314
I know what you mean
I go with the advice of all these people, don't feel embarrased to try different poses. Maybe also try posing in front of a mirror while in full costume so you can see the character making the pose.



Also search photos of other people cosplaying the same character. Make sure no to completely copy them but keep in mind the way they have added the manarisms to the photo, artists do well with other artists after all


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13 May 2011 - 16:4856315
A good start is to avoid just standing there while you get photographed. Posing often shows the costume in better detail and tends to be more pleasing for the eyes as well as being the model, you look less tired.

I like my photos to look natural, so try learning a few poses. I like getting friends to take photos as it feels easier, less rushed, as well as giving them ideas what angle to shoot them without being bossy towards strangers.

Also, certainly get to know the environment you are in. A good place can bring a photo to life. Outdoor sets are exciting as you can use trees, benches, rocks, flowers and all and well lit during the day (my personal fav as indoor lighting makes me very tired). Dont be afraid to interact with the background! Some of my Matryoshka Gumi cosplays were done around my college courtyard and gave the photos a great urban feel! While going to conventions, know the venue and the area around you.

Learn the character and consider character types. While making costumes I look at other peoples cosplays of that character but use that as an opportunity for ideas for poses and camera angles.


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13 May 2011 - 18:0256318
i know this is going to sound stupid but i watch Americas Next Top Model and steal hints and tips from Mr J a lot who helps the models through their shoots about posing with not just the body but also the face.

And practice with having a friend take photos of you, you will learn what your good/bad angles are!

and all the tips above i totally agree with! Just get yourself into character and you should find no issues at all


13 May 2011 - 21:0556327
Quote angel aiko:
i know this is going to sound stupid but i watch Americas Next Top Model and steal hints and tips from Mr J a lot who helps the models through their shoots about posing with not just the body but also the face.


Lmao, I do this too XD.

I guess the most important thing is to be aware of every part of your body, and every movement that you do. It is so easy to end up with a 'dead' limb that just hangs there (usually a hand).

Oh yes, and when you are practicing poses, do it with your full costume on. Otherwise you could get to wearing it and then realise that your signature pose just won't work, whether it's due to a skirt or a top that reveals a little too much in that position, or an accessory that gets in the way.
For me, it was the wig falling and covering my face at certain angles. Which is probably a small mercy, but it doesn't make for a good picture XD.

It is a LOT easier to correct a pose in front of a mirror than it is to improvise on the spot, no matter how much of an idiot you may feel like doing it...come on, we've all sang into our hairbrushes; this is no different.

Find poses that you are comfortable in and practise them to death. Know which angles you look better from, and know your flaws and how to minimise them.
If you practice these simple poses, even when posing for normal candid photographs, it becomes second nature to you.


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07 Jun 2011 - 13:2358975
All of the advice, links and scans here are so useful! I find posing one of the most difficult parts of cosplaying and this thread has really helped give me some new ideas on what to do (and what not to do.)

I would definetly agree with looking at how other cosplayers doing the same character have posed. Sometimes its much easier to see how someone has done it in real life rather than in the anime/manga/game etc


18 Jun 2011 - 15:0960494
I understand, posing can be really hard!
Especially if the character has no character poses ><

I find it's easier to pose if you have a prop or are in a group.


18 Jun 2011 - 15:2560496
Quote angel aiko:
i know this is going to sound stupid but i watch Americas Next Top Model and steal hints and tips from Mr J a lot who helps the models through their shoots about posing with not just the body but also the face.



Hell, I'm just glad I'm not the only one


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23 Jun 2011 - 21:2561139
Quote Sillabub:
Research some poses that your character does (or might do) before the convention, then practice them all in front of a big mirror. Think of as many as possible so you aren't just standing in the same pose in every single photo!

It's really just about confidence though, which you'll build up by practicing your poses beforehand


I completely agree! watch the anime, game or movie you are doing and watch the character, does he/she have pacific poses? pets? swords? etc. figure out how they might pose for the camera and I would also recommend practice in front of a mirror which shows head to toe.
yeah I am not very helpful because this person has basically answered yor question ahaa


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03 Aug 2011 - 14:5865281
Posing all depends on the person who photographs it.

It has to be positioned to the photographer, so whatever you want on show, you need to display it to the photographer.

The most instances that I see most people lose all character is when they dont show all of the body whilst in Profile (Side facing stance) and that tends to diminish the look of the cosplay.

So a couple of pointers for you when you do pose:

1) SMELL THE AIR, lift your chin, regardless of what position or character you have, always lift your chin

2) Always face the camera, Even when you're LOOKING away. Looking and Facing are two different things, and you always need to face the camera. Unless you really are doing a profile shot (which tends to get ugly sometimes)

3) TITS AND TEETH... Men Raise your shoulders and puff those chests and pronounce your jaw lines a little, Ladies, Tits pushed up, Backs Arched and lips at full projection

4) Last but not least: AURA! Remember that you need to get the character in your head, so have a scene or a snippet of that character running in your head. Acting101



Hope that helps a little


03 Aug 2011 - 18:2565331
Quote Cpt.Wakka:
Posing all depends on the person who photographs it.

It has to be positioned to the photographer, so whatever you want on show, you need to display it to the photographer.

The most instances that I see most people lose all character is when they dont show all of the body whilst in Profile (Side facing stance) and that tends to diminish the look of the cosplay.

So a couple of pointers for you when you do pose:

1) SMELL THE AIR, lift your chin, regardless of what position or character you have, always lift your chin

2) Always face the camera, Even when you're LOOKING away. Looking and Facing are two different things, and you always need to face the camera. Unless you really are doing a profile shot (which tends to get ugly sometimes)

3) TITS AND TEETH... Men Raise your shoulders and puff those chests and pronounce your jaw lines a little, Ladies, Tits pushed up, Backs Arched and lips at full projection

4) Last but not least: AURA! Remember that you need to get the character in your head, so have a scene or a snippet of that character running in your head. Acting101



Hope that helps a little


this was extreamly helpful, and sort of funny at the same time... ?


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05 Aug 2011 - 04:1965515
Lol anytime I guess, lemme know if the tips work.

What area of directional analogy seemed the funniest?


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