Planning A Cosplay Photoshoot! - Cosplay Quickies #8

Today's Tip: Planning a cosplay shoot the easy (and least stressful) way!


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So you've completed your awesome new costume, debuted it successfully at an event, and now everyone's been bugging you on when you'd give it the mega-glamourous photo shoot it deserves!

We know you're starting to really feel the pressure, but don't let that get to you! There's always an easier, more organised way to get that shoot you've always dreamed of doing - and it's not as hard as you'd think!

- Who?


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The most basic of questions to ask yourself - who's going to be involved in the shoot? Not only do you need to decide on just who exactly is going to star in this shoot (primary characters, secondary characters, etc.), but also who will be taking on various other essential roles.

The photographer (of course), assistants, the waterboy... the sooner you decide on what and whom you need to assist you, the smoother it'll make the rest of your planning!

- What?

Of course, it's pretty obvious that you'd need to decide on what is it you want to shoot in the first place. But for the more discerning cosplayer, this is sometimes a bit more complicated than it seems.


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Do you want to do a solo shoot of your Sheryl Nome costume? Or perhaps you want a duet with your friend's Ranka Lee too? Would you want to catch the blazing sun or the evening sky with the city lights glowing? Remember, communication & planning beforehand is key - or it would lead to lots of confusion!

- Where and When?

You can't have a shoot without a location, and this can often be one of the toughest things to finalise.


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Do you require a simple room, or does your shoot need a full on wide open area complete with a cityscape view?

Not only do you need to keep in mind how a place would look at different times of the day, but how exposed it is to the elements (have a wet weather plan!). Let's not forget the time - make sure you don't shoot too early or too late, as doing so can either wear you out spending too much time in costume, or leave you scrambling at the last minute!

Don't forget, some areas might need you to ask for official permission before shooting - don't get in trouble! (Psst! We've got a few location recommendations in Singapore you could try!)

- How?

What's the next most important thing when planning a shoot at a location? Why, getting there of course!


UNFORTUNATELY, WE CAN'T ALL HAVE AWESOME THEMED-ITASYA TO GO WITH OUR COSPLAYS.

GOTTA MAKE DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE, PEOPLE.

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There are tons of things to factor in when it comes to planning how all of you would get to your shooting location: How many people are going? What is each of you bringing? Will there be large props? Will public transportation do? - or will you need a car? These are just but a few important questions that should be answered before everything else.

- Why?

At the very end of the day, it's always important to ask yourself the simple question of "Why am I doing this again?"


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After all, it's no point going through all the trouble, stress and sweat to plan a shoot, if you're not enjoying yourself in the first place.

Remember to always keep in mind the objective you want to achieve by doing this shoot, maintaining proper time management and of course - to have FUN!

- Q