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15 Feb 2012 - 00:2778938
only time i've ever said no to photos is when i've been desperate for the toilet... and i always feel really bad about it...

like one time i was cosplaying yoko littner and i had about 26 people within 6 metres asking for a photo when i was in desperate need for a wee...

i stopped for most of them but when it's a choice between wetting myself and getting a photo i really have to be sensible lolz


15 Feb 2012 - 11:4578952
I've said no a few times. Generally it's been when I've been partly out of the costume, especially if it's an uncomfortable one and I've been taking a rest, or I'm on my way to something. MOST people are polite and understanding about it, though occasionally I've had someone respond negatively even though my refusal itself was polite - some people seem to act like cosplayers are dancing monkeys there purely for their own entertainment! But I've generally found that if you give a quick, polite explanation of why you're not happy to do it then, thank them for their interest, and maybe suggest a time when you'd be OK with it, they'll respond with equal politeness.


15 Feb 2012 - 12:2878953
I've said no a couple of times when I'm in a hurry, but I try to be as nice as possible saying "I'm really sorry, maybe you can catch me later?" which always seems to get a good response. I also have had to say "Can you wait just one moment, please?" if I'm in the middle of a conversation or something quite a few times.
I just try to be as polite as possible and people generally react nicely back at you.


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16 Feb 2012 - 00:0778982
I've never said no myself and I don't think anyone has refused to let me take photos of them... Quite possibly because I always make it a point to tell them their costume looks great first. XD

It does annoy me, however when me and my bro are sitting down and having lunch and people just take pictures without even asking. It's just like "What the hell, can we not eat in peace? Where were you five minutes ago when we were LOOKING for people to snap us?!" The best example was when some people did that when we were dressed as army of two. We had our masks off (Obviously) and had put our guns down so it just annoys me because it's not even going to be a good photo for them, and it's just annoying for me because I wanna eat in peace, dammit! [/rant]


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16 Feb 2012 - 00:2078985
I don't believe I've ever said no to someone asking for a photo of me, but I often have to make them wait ages while I sort myself out/adjust/take off my bag/put on annoying bits of my costume that I've taken off for convenience! I feel guilty about it though. I'm really astounded and flattered whenever someone asks me. ^-^

I think I would have said no to one person who took a photo of me as Miku, though, as they then proceeded to upload the picture and use the caption 'fat Vocaloid' below it. If only I could see into the future. XD


16 Feb 2012 - 01:2278989
Quote Han Hyuga:
It does annoy me, however when me and my bro are sitting down and having lunch and people just take pictures without even asking. It's just like "What the hell, can we not eat in peace? Where were you five minutes ago when we were LOOKING for people to snap us?!" The best example was when some people did that when we were dressed as army of two. We had our masks off (Obviously) and had put our guns down so it just annoys me because it's not even going to be a good photo for them, and it's just annoying for me because I wanna eat in peace, dammit! [/rant]


I don't like 'ninja' photographers, that just take sneaky photos. they'll come out a lot better if they're posed, and it's ok to ask for a picture, I won't bite XD I agree with what a couple of people have said, I see it as a compliment to be asked for a photo.
I don't think I've ever said no to a picture...


16 Feb 2012 - 17:4979019
I have never said "no" to anyone myself.

If someone asks for a photo I take it as a huge compliment and pray I do not break their camera lense!
Although, like any self conscious cosplayer I do tend to get paranoid when they do take them, because certain angles can make you look terrible, while others benefit your features greatly.


17 Feb 2012 - 17:0879093
Only when well...It pretty much has all been said above really ^^ I had to refuse a photo once because my Umah wig was coming off and I had to run to one of the bathrooms to sort myself out instead. I felt bad X'D But hey-ho it happens.


17 Feb 2012 - 20:4279112
I understand that we have to sometimes respect the photographers desire to take photos of characters they really admire or just fancy a nice snap if they can get the opportunity, I've never straight out said "no", i cant find many reasons not to say yes- obviously though like everyone else, when i'm not in full costume (e.g. when im getting out of cosplay slowly as the con draws to a close I will not want to be photographed and on a couple of those circumstances i've had to go "ok fine" because they simply won't leave me alone despite the costume not being fully worn) but I can handle those and move on, it's not that big of a problem.

However- there are times now such as this one, where i've been eating my lunch in cosplay, chatting to my friends or just trying to do something, and ive found myself looking around and seeing a photographer or two taking photos without asking, now that I cannot stand so I had to go up and say, "if you want a photo, then please ask but don't just randomly take pictures ESPECIALLY when im eating" not the proper photo etiquette



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17 Feb 2012 - 20:4679114
Quote Han Hyuga:
I've never said no myself and I don't think anyone has refused to let me take photos of them... Quite possibly because I always make it a point to tell them their costume looks great first. XD

It does annoy me, however when me and my bro are sitting down and having lunch and people just take pictures without even asking. It's just like "What the hell, can we not eat in peace? Where were you five minutes ago when we were LOOKING for people to snap us?!" The best example was when some people did that when we were dressed as army of two. We had our masks off (Obviously) and had put our guns down so it just annoys me because it's not even going to be a good photo for them, and it's just annoying for me because I wanna eat in peace, dammit! [/rant]


Gotta agree with u on that one grrrr >o<


19 Feb 2012 - 18:5879264
I haven't said no to any, but after I found out why some Japanese otaku have such big cameras, if I didn't feel comfortable with someone taking my photo I'd say no (or tell someone to say no because I don't like saying no or asking X3) but that would be very rare as I like people taking my photo and I don't think many people are like that in England =P


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21 Feb 2012 - 01:3279361
Quote catnip_Dream:
I haven't said no to any, but after I found out why some Japanese otaku have such big cameras, if I didn't feel comfortable with someone taking my photo I'd say no (or tell someone to say no because I don't like saying no or asking X3) but that would be very rare as I like people taking my photo and I don't think many people are like that in England =P


Lol, I've gotta ask...why do they have such big cameras?


21 Feb 2012 - 04:1579365
I'm yet to be asked for a photo. I remember at my first con last year I was a bit shy of asking people for photos. There was a really great Alucard cosplayer I really shyly asked for a photo and he even did the hands :3

I always worry in case I'm bothering people I want to take a pic of :o


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21 Feb 2012 - 13:0579381
Quote Kata-san:
Quote catnip_Dream:
I haven't said no to any, but after I found out why some Japanese otaku have such big cameras, if I didn't feel comfortable with someone taking my photo I'd say no (or tell someone to say no because I don't like saying no or asking X3) but that would be very rare as I like people taking my photo and I don't think many people are like that in England =P


Lol, I've gotta ask...why do they have such big cameras?


It means they can get super close up and detailed shots of people but can look like they're getting a normal photo.

Some male otakus use this as a way to sneakily take very good shots of a girl's boobs and underwear and such.


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21 Feb 2012 - 13:5379385
Quote NixieThePixie:
Quote Kata-san:
Quote catnip_Dream:
I haven't said no to any, but after I found out why some Japanese otaku have such big cameras, if I didn't feel comfortable with someone taking my photo I'd say no (or tell someone to say no because I don't like saying no or asking X3) but that would be very rare as I like people taking my photo and I don't think many people are like that in England =P


Lol, I've gotta ask...why do they have such big cameras?


It means they can get super close up and detailed shots of people but can look like they're getting a normal photo.

Some male otakus use this as a way to sneakily take very good shots of a girl's boobs and underwear and such.


Thought as much...


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21 Feb 2012 - 15:4479389
I'm sure we've had this before.

The massive camera weirdos are photography enthusiasts and more often than not are red herrings.

The ones you DO need to be wary of are the ones who take pictures on small cameras and their phones without you knowing, they'll casually walk by and grab a quick picture. Note the angle they take as well, and what they focus on or better yet ask them why they have such a big camera.

Photographs taken for other reasons usually are on a platform of sharing or being able to be easily accessed whenever they want.


22 Feb 2012 - 01:2079418
Quote NixieThePixie:

It means they can get super close up and detailed shots of people but can look like they're getting a normal photo.

Some male otakus use this as a way to sneakily take very good shots of a girl's boobs and underwear and such.


Lol, what's the point. That's not why I carry a big lens, honest , it's all about the Bokeh!


22 Feb 2012 - 17:1779464
Quote Kata-san:
Quote NixieThePixie:

It means they can get super close up and detailed shots of people but can look like they're getting a normal photo.

Some male otakus use this as a way to sneakily take very good shots of a girl's boobs and underwear and such.


Lol, what's the point. That's not why I carry a big lens, honest , it's all about the Bokeh!


It's a bit different in the UK. I'd say 9 out of 10 UK photographers with a big lens are just professional (or super keen) photographers or just trying to get a brilliant shot of the costume, not of specific parts XDXD


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18 Mar 2012 - 04:2481001
I've never said no or had someone say it to me. I don't tend to ask people if they look busy or are eating though.

I wish I knew how to say no sometimes, at Eurogamer, whenever I'd stop for one photo it would turn into a crowd, but lack of cosplayers meant more attention for everyone who did cosplay.


04 Apr 2012 - 00:3181816
Once in a very rare blue moon a cosplayer will say no to their photo being taken, which is cool, there are plently of other cosplayers who love being photographed. You soon get to know the good cosplayers.

Always have a chat to the cosplayer before taking their photos as the social side of these events is what makes it fun and you will see the good cosplayers at numerous events, year after year so why not be friendly and get to know them.

tbh the opposite can also be true, do photographers ever feel they can say no to photographing cosplayers?? If they ask it can be very hard to say no without massively insulting them.

Often when cosplayers spot the big cameras you can see in theirs eyes that they are hoping you approach/stop them to take a photo and they seem a bit deflated when you don't... so generally why not photograph them.

Big cameras (SLR's?) make life much easier and the photos are generally superior. They are generally essential for photographing the masquerades etc


05 Apr 2012 - 03:3481873
I've said "no!" to a photo before but only because of what the photographer was requesting me to do while taking the photo. It was a pretty indecent request so I had to refuse.


20 Apr 2012 - 10:5982640
Felt the need to post here since I was actually asked for photos this year :L

Generally when people asked me (I was Na'vi from the zelda games) I said yes...

Though there was a point during the con where my feet felt knackered so I sat down next to some other cosplayers taking a break. I'm sure we've all had that point in a con!

Anyway I was putting something I'd bought into my bag and I was almost blinded by this guy's flash -_-. He asked if he could take the photo again and I almost said no...

He was one of the official con photographers too! Still, I posed sitting down for him. I call it the 'siiigh....' Pic.


I do wish people would tell you if they have their flash on, it always catches me by surprise


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27 Apr 2012 - 12:3083135
The only time I've been told no is from the helper of a Gundam cosplayer, as they'd been doing a lot of posing, and the cosplayer needed an urgent water break.

The only time I've said no is when I was in a rush for the toilet. I stopped to pose because they were polite, but when they started having technical problems with their camera I had to rush off before they were ready!


19 May 2012 - 14:4884326
I will only say no if I'm rushing somewhere (probably to the loo!), I'm asked to pose in a way I feel uncormfortable or if I'm eating. I'm sure no one really wants a picture of my cosplay while I'm stuffing my face!


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20 May 2012 - 02:0384342
I've never said no to a picture but one year at London mcm, a group of friends and I had the entire blue team in our group, we stopped for one picture and we were stood the for the next ten minutes as people kept stopping whilst we were still posing to take pictures...



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