I had a recent shoot with the amazing Mariedoll cosplaying as the Sorceress from the Dragon’s Crown video game. I’m still in the process of editing the photos but I wanted to share the first ones that I’ve completed.
After subscribing to Adobe’s Creative Cloud I’m pushing myself to do a little more than just standard editing on the photos, I still have a lot to learn but I’m enjoying the process :)
I’ll start playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soon and this video just fits right in. Amazing performance and lovely cosplay!
This is a shot from a photo shoot I had with cosplayer Mariedoll at Anime Matsuri 2013, it was great working with her and her Morrigan cosplay was amazing. It was a little tricky to shoot out on the street, there was a lot of wind and the light stands for the speedlites were not holding up that well on their own. :P We did this shot at around.. 6pm under the shade of one of Downtown’s buildings so I had to use some fill light.
Note: Click on the link for a larger version of this photo!
I tried to add a “dreamy” look to this photo to complement the expression. Let me know what you think :)
It’s all about the eyes
Recently I had the opportunity to do a shoot with Houston cosplayer Jennifer Van Damsel, one of the cosplays she brought was Zatanna. We did some portrait shots and she was looking for a close up based on a popular Zatanna illustration, I used the Canon 70-200 F2.8 L II for that shot and maaan I was impressed with the results.
I’ve read many times that the Canon 70-200 f2.8 L II is a very sharp lens and used by many pros, etc (I am at the hobbyist level btw) .. well on this shoot I was able to see that in action. I always focus on the eyes of the subject specially for a close-up like the one we were looking for, and also because I’m addicted to bokeh shots so where I focus becomes really important; we were shooting indoors with 2 speedlites, shoot through umbrellas and it wasn’t until I processed this photo that I noticed how amazing her eye looks. The photo above is a small version, but you MUST SEE IT IN FULL SIZE on Flickr on this link: Zatanna Close Up On Flickr
or using this URL
Also these are all JPG images, the RAW version looks amazing as well.
The shot was done handheld at 190mm on a Canon 7D, and this lens is kind of on the heavy side. I did have IS turned on during the session, I think not having IS would have made a huge difference.
I think this is an awesome piece of glass from Canon, I’ve read/ seen in reviews that this is the best high end 70-200 across manufacturers, I guess it depends on the tech specs or if you are a Canon fan but regardless I loved the results.
So anyone else likes this lens?
Did I mention you should see the image in FULL SIZE?