((ooc: I think on behalf of my angel family I can say thank you! It’s something we’re all very proud of. We put a great amount of work into being as spot on as we possibly can so to hear it pays off means a lot. We’ll keep doing our best! Thanks again!))
((ooc: right now I see two options, either it’ll happen this season or it won’t happen at all. this season has the best set up for releasing them. It practically screams for it. (also I am still holding out hope that zeke is actually lucifer, but aaaaah I should probably stop that). On the flip side, I believe if michael and lucifer would be coming back up, chances are that adam would be too and since the supernatural team is very unconcerned with adam right now, It’s looking kind of bleak for the whole trio. Not to say that I don’t love the show, but they’re kind of notorious for missing a lot of pretty interesting plot points that should be visted/revisited so….))
Oh gosh. um…
Well I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no photographer or cinematographer. me and a camera just don’t get along. my ability to find and capture things in this world and make them into flawless images or videos is next to non-existent, but I do understand one thing because I am a fine artist, and that is COMPOSITION.
which is vital. absolutely vital to all visual arts.
What that means about cosplay to everyone who reads this- it means that every piece of your environment, every angle of your camera, every relationship in the image you’re building has a part to play. Your world has to be in character just as much as your face does.
Of course cosplay is for fun, first and foremost! And just doing it is a step in itself! You should! And never let life hold you back, but you want my advice? you want to up your blog to a higher lever? You want to really shine? then there are some things you have to think about…
a) Backgrounds. this is a big pet peeve of mine, especially in relation to cosplay ask blogs. there is nothing less interesting than a blank wall or less in character than a bedroom decorated in fandom posters. (9/10 times) Trust me, that’s what my room looks like too, but this isn’t about your bedroom. This is about your character and dimension. It’s about feeling energy through environment and not just action. It’s about personality! Think about it! Where would you find this character? Try to recreate that! and if you can’t, try to aim for something that isn’t out of character.
above I have provided you with examples to look at and learn from. I want to note that both kevin and michael’s backgrounds are just PAINTINGS. that’s how simple this can be.
why this DOESN’T work: inconsistent colors, random supernatural poster, random pile of junk, awkward lines. what in this environment even gives you an idea of who this is? nothing. (this is a closet cosplay of marina (and the diamonds)… the singer… not that there’s anything to help say that. )
b) lighting and color. Are your friends. think about movies or tv shows. Think about how saturated or desaturated the colors are. Think about what your character looks like next to them. (see how gabe’s background imitates the colors in his attire?) lighting can come from many directions. front, side, back. It all changes how your character is seen or the drama which he or she might be experiencing.
I myself work with two simple, boring bedside lamps and a hand-held flashlight from the dollar store…
c) don’t be afraid to change your camera angles or distance! the first six of my examples, while beautiful in their own respect, are the default set up for a character’s position in an ask-blog frame. This is handy for answering most of your questions, but doesn’t add anything extra. Below your question are some better examples of changing that up! I use varied angles and distances mainly for plot posts, but sometimes it just allows your viewer to get a different sense of the character. it has more energy. AND! I know this is scary but… it’s ok to not see your characters face all the time. Hands, silhouettes, bodies, props…. are all just as efficient at portraying your character or story! Get into it. be adventurous!
It’s a camera’s job to lead your eye. To show you what it wants you to see! Photos and videos and gifs ARE storytelling. you have to think if it the same way you write. Everything should have a purpose.
d) this is kinda a side note, but camera quality. My high-def web cam that shot all of the stuff for my video cost maybe $6 on ebay. 6 DOLLARS. including shipping.
as for my advice on life… well that would really require a post (or a dozen) of it’s own. ^_^;;
((ooc: thank you! so much! I didn’t use too many filters myself, but there definitely was a lot of editing and matching to do. ))
((ooc: ;^_^; oh! thank you! You can cosplay like me, or hell, better than me. Everything about me is learned or built or created. with enough effort and dedication, you can be whoever you want to.))
((ooc: Oh hi~ this is my good side. my bad side is offline.))
((ooc: *happy chirping* I’m so happy you liked it! really. You’ll probably see the white uniform again. it has popped up before and It’ll probably resurface. I like to consider it lucifer’s proper heaven garb since he is a soldier after all. ))
(( ooc: :D! Thanks! and I’m not sure if I can really call it a cosplay- it’s more closet cosplay since I bought the white jacket for myself from a buffalo exchange in new york close to three years ago. the chain across the front of it was given to me as a gift and the pendant-thing by the collar is made of broken and collected pieces of other jewelry that I just rigged together to fancy the whole thing up.))
ooc: >/////< thank you.
((ooc: Thank you! i hope it was worth the hype/wait))