Photog' Phee-ture - Shiro Ang!
If there's one thing we adore as much as good cosplay, it's the great photography skills that go along with them!
And with great photography, it's only natural that we love talking to more great photographers - such as the incredibly talented Shiro Ang, who took time off his busy schedule to chat with us in today's feature!
anibee: Hi Shiro! First thing's first - please introduce yourself and how did you first get into cosplay photography?
Shiro: Hi, I am Shiro Ang, a photographer specialising in shooting portraits, cosplay, events, and concert photography.
I got into cosplay photography, or should I say photography as a whole in the first place, in 2004 when I attended a local cosplay convention "Cosfest" - my first ever cosplay convention. I borrowed my mom's digicam to take photos of the cosplayers, and since then my interest in photography grew and the rest is history!
anibee: There are some who have this impression that cosplay photographers only shoot for the 'beautiful', and will not give more 'regular' looking ones a chance. What's your opinion on this?
Shiro: For my case, most of the time I am shooting friends that I knew from either online or offline.
But if I were to find a new cosplayer to collaborate, my preference will be; if we have a similar interest (be it character or series that we both like), positive attitude, and similar working style. If things like these are present, I feel that we will be able to bring out our full potential for each other. Not to mention, we would have a mutual understanding and better communication through our love of the characters/series.
anibee: Many in the field of cosplay photography see the need to get involved in the 'tech race', scrambling to get the latest and greatest equipment every time. Do you think this is a wise mentality?
Shiro: Better equipment does make taking a good shot easier, but if you do not have the basic photography skills and techniques, it won't make you a better photographer instantly.
In my opinion, it's better to get your basics right, go out to shoot, experiment, and practice more, and buy photography equipment within your financial means.
anibee: What is your dream project?
Shiro: I currently do not exactly have a dream project per se. I would however love to get more chances to collaborate with cosplayers around the world!
anibee: Any advice for aspiring cosplay photographers?
Shiro: As always, "practice makes perfect"! Both photography skill and post-processing techniques are equally important in this digital era. Learn and experiment with new techniques, and get inspiration from other photographers' works that you like.
Last but not least, always do research and discuss with the cosplayer in regards to the series and character prior to the cosplay photoshoot.
Daring to experiment with new techniques and going out to meet people from other lands - truly the way of the passionate cosplay photographer!