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20 Nov 2008 - 16:457726
Photoshoot locations in the UK
Heya guys. I'm looking for good photoshoot locations across UK; any place you've seen on TV or walked past or visited that you thought 'This would be an awesome place to take cosplay photos.' So I thought...well why not make a list of places? There's plenty of secret locations that you'd never find if you just went to a random town and walked. So I'll start it off:

Medway is where I grew up; there's plenty of castles around here, Upnor Castle, Cooling Castle, Rochester Castle, and of course there's two cathedrals, one at Rochester and another in Canterbury. Of these, only Cooling castle isn't easily accessible, being a private residence and quite a drive out of Strood, but it's worth it to visit Cooling Church, which was one of the setting scenes of Great Expectations, and the marshes, right on the other side of the village of Cliff itself, which would make a good military style setting.

Ainswick Castle in Northumberland is a stunning venue. It's pretty huge, and that's not even mentioning the surrounding countryside, which is awesome. The castle was used in the filming of the Harry Potter films, amongst other things, so it's worth looking up...plus, they're used to cosplayers, as you can imagine.

Any other places you've come across?


20 Nov 2008 - 17:007727
Well I know there are plenty of castles/ruins around Devon and Dartmoor has always seemed like an interesting place with all the tors.

I know there's a huge and beautiful graveyard somewhere in a city in Scotland which I saw on TV the other day and immediatly thought 'that'd be great for cosplay!'

Sorry they're not too specific, if I find out more about them I'll edit the post.


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20 Nov 2008 - 18:027728
That would be the Necropolis in Glasgow. It's totally on my list of places to visit because it exhibits so many different styles of architecture, and is really quite stunning. I saw that programme too *grin*


24 Nov 2008 - 11:317804
Yes a list would be nice to have. I normally source my own places the UK is full of plenty out of the way places for photo shoots. I have spent many weekend scouting locations. You would be surprised what the little local village has to offer.

Talking from experience do keep in mind that certain places are privet property. Under UK law you can take pictures on public property all you want. But on privet property you can be charged with trespassing. Most of the time the owner of the property will just ask you to leave.

So if you suspect your on privet property take you photos quickly and get out. Also if you have cosplay weapons be careful. Someone might call the local constabulary on you. Don’t want the Local Armed response police showing up.


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24 Nov 2008 - 12:267811
This thread is interesting because I've always wanted to know of places where you can take futuristic photo's and such. Graveyards are nice and all, but if you've got a futuristic cosplay, where do you go?

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24 Nov 2008 - 12:437813
Quote Uber-Nerd:
This thread is interesting because I've always wanted to know of places where you can take futuristic photo's and such. Graveyards are nice and all, but if you've got a futuristic cosplay, where do you go?

Tab


The places that first come to mind are Canadian Sq, the London Eye, parts of the docklands, DLR stations are good since they are new looking and the trains look like something from SciFi. Jublie line stations are good the silver and curved walls look futureistic. Also the ExCel has some good places. Like under the coverd walk from the DLR station the Sky walk is a good place as well. I have done many photo shoots on the sky walk. The Bridge infront of St Pauls is also good when foot traffic is light.

Keep in mind if your shooting photos on the underground you have to contact transport for london before hand. There is a simple form to fill out.


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Last edited by nadesico81 (24 Nov 2008 - 12:44)
11 Dec 2008 - 23:488609
ASTON HALL is well nice for photos

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/astonhall.bcc


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12 Dec 2008 - 00:238611
Quote nadesico81:
Talking from experience do keep in mind that certain places are privet property. Under UK law you can take pictures on public property all you want. But on privet property you can be charged with trespassing. Most of the time the owner of the property will just ask you to leave.

So if you suspect your on privet property take you photos quickly and get out.

Or just avoid places with hedges altogether.



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12 Dec 2008 - 00:398612
Quote Sillabub:

Or just avoid places with hedges altogether.



I lol'd <3


16 Dec 2008 - 11:398750
Backstreets of London are great for some urbany shoots, countryside for Elves, China town for Dynasty Warriors... (lol) The UK is full of great locations... I personally would love to do a Cosplay shoot at Ufton Court in Berkshire (also a fab wedding location lol)


16 Dec 2008 - 12:208753
when i took shots for the joker hull had a cavulcade of places i found a great backalley near a bank it looked just like gotham city ^.^ had those black metal stairs and everything was wet...thats pretty much gotham city right? and for our final fantasy 7 shots we did manchester airport the whole thing looks like a level from sonic 2 *im thinking the second level chem plant* but yeah I know how people feel at cons i mean amecon didnt have many places to shoot good stuff you know *i guess it depends on your anime* it had good stuff for fullmetal because the whole place looked like central.


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16 Dec 2008 - 13:208759
There are a load of ace Silent Hill like locations on the Wirral/Chester. Relion has them up in her gallerys on here!

'Feel the Silence' and 'A Stray Child' were both taken in Chester subway, as well as the other photo I've linked:
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/1502
http://mungojerrie.deviantart.com/art/Lost-102810747

All the photos in these two costumes are at Port Sunlight train station:
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/1659
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/2068

Any other times we do cosplay photoshoots, we'll stop off at local botanical gardens, or sometimes just the woods that we live near! My friends and I will normally go to Ness Gardens, and here's some cosplay photos that I've taken there that I really loved:
http://mungojerrie.deviantart.com/art/NG-Transparency-75826961
http://mungojerrie.deviantart.com/art/NG-Break-Away-82441728
http://mungojerrie.deviantart.com/art/NG-Rewrite-75825730
http://mungojerrie.deviantart.com/art/NG-AC-Memories-75549456
http://mungojerrie.deviantart.com/art/NG-Tifa-Lockheart-II-75546371


06 Jan 2009 - 00:489200
Beleive me, Cockington in Torbay is Lovely.
One of the only pros of living down here, the scenery is amazingly helpful. <3

Torquay seafront/green is nice on it's own.

Dartmoor's a good one too!


13 Feb 2009 - 13:0210729
you can get good results at just your local park or church, as well... ^^;


13 Feb 2009 - 13:4510733
Oxford has a million and six parks, and then all the collages as well. You wouldn't be able to shoot inside the collages (unless you're a member?), and you have to play avoid the tourists, but the university parks are stunning. Headington park isn't bad either [/biased]. There's the botanic gardens as well, and the greenhouses could be interesting if you wanted something jungle based and were good at avoiding the name tags.

Cambridge is similar, except for a whole lot more green. More spaced out too. I don't know much of the river there, except where it runs through one of the collages (can't remember which one off the top of my head), but what I saw was pretty.

Plus, punting.


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13 Feb 2009 - 13:5010735
Cosplay punting... there's a trainwreck waiting to happen XDDD


13 Feb 2009 - 16:4810743
There are some nice places in the South East and kind of close to where I live. I really want to get some shoots in these places, but lack of being able to drive stops me.

But Stanmer Park, a large public park with a small picturesque village and forest is grest. Also Ashdown forest, big, dense forest would be amazing if you have a suitable costume (some kind of elf, maybe? I've always wanted to take Feena there. Or my RO Rogue costume).

Obviously we have the sea close by. Brighton beach is too stoney, but Rottingdean is quite sandy at low tide, and its pretty in the summer.
There are a few nice homes near by too - Preston Manor was erected in Edwardian times, so would be kind of good for Steam Punk. Opposite there is a gorgeous rockery garden I'd love to shoot at.
Unfortunately, none of the universities around here are especially old or monumental looking, which is sad.

But we have a few nice places.


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01 Mar 2009 - 12:1411239
There's pretty much nowhere in Hertfordshire that's good for photoshoots. D: Anyone know anywhere?


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