Tips for Finding Cosplay Photo Locations

I’ve been cosplaying for about ten years, so I’ve taken a lot of photos and had my photo taken a lot too. I’ve taken professional photos in my hometown and at conventions. I’ve taken random photos in con hallways, or photos that my friends came up with on the spur of the moment.

Outside the con setting, though, where do you go to get good photos of your cosplay?

Locations for Modern or Futuristic Costumes

My favorite location for a more modern cosplay photoshoot is any building with glassed windows. If they’re reflective, you can get some really cool “mirror” type shots as well. When I was cosplaying from the game S4 League, which has many urban settings, my friends and I found a building that matches this description.

In this photo: Leiko Yume Cosplay, Langarang Cosplay & Videography, and myself

Head downtown and take a walk. You’ll be surprised how many buildings have columns or steel railings for you to pose around. I’ve also seen a lot of cosplay videos and photos taken in empty levels of parking garages. The steel and concrete really fits with a modern cosplay look.

Locations for Darker or Horror Costumes

Parking garages are again, a great idea. It’s an enclosed space so you don’t have to worry about rain; it’s also a little darker and naturally grittier.

Find a wooded area in a local park or near a walking path. The shade can provide interesting light, and depending on the time of year, you can get really good spooky photos when leaves are falling and branches are bare. A lot of my Resident Evil cosplay photos were taken in a dark, shady corner of a park.

I don’t recommend cemeteries as photo locations, just because you don’t want to offend anyone who might be visiting a loved one’s grave there. I think you can get a similar look in a botanical or rose garden, especially if they have stone benches or plaques that could resemble headstones.

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5 Ways to make a prosthetic hand for your cosplay

Early this week, I post a photo about prosthetic hand for Pandora Hearts Cheshire Cat Cosplay in our Facebook Page, more than 400 cosplayers click “Like” button to share it,really impressive! Sometimes we need to make prosthetic hand for cosplay if there are monster hands,so today I tried to do some home work to collect 5 ways to make prosthetic hand for your costume.

1.Make a Prosthetic hand out of InstaMorph:

InstaMorph is an non-toxic, lightweight polyester thermoplastic can be used for props, masks, or other costume pieces for cosplay.Check some ideas here, you will know how to use instamorph to create your prosthetic hand:

Prosthetic hand for Pandora Hearts Cheshire Cat Cosplay from Savannh.

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Cosplay Wigs- How to Properly Buy

Okay, we all know a wig is a HUGE part of becoming the character. It can completely change how the over all feel of your cosplay.

I have made many mistakes on buying wigs, so here are my tips to you!

First off, you want to find a TRUSTED wig dealer. Websites that have wigs dedicated to cosplay wigs, such as Miccostumes, CosplayBoom, and other cosplay shop relators.

*EBAY IS ACTUALLY A GOOD DEALER FOR WIGS!*

The most important part of the wigs is the photos showing the product. The photos should consist of photos containing it displayed on a mannequin head and on a model. Wigs displayed on mannequin has little to no styling- so you will se the product for what you will be getting before modifications.

Do NOT buy the wig if the only pictures are models! You WILL be disappointed. (Trust me, I think we all done it before.)

The only photo is a model wearing the wig- no mannequin to display the actual product.This contains the model and mannequin display. THESE are the ones you should work for!

(TOP) BAD EXAMPLE! This only has the model photos. Watch out for these! (BOTTOM) GOOD EXAMPLE! This contains the model and mannequin display photos. THESE ARE THE BEST YOU CAN BUY!

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DIY Sakura’s Feather from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

This feather is essencial for your cosplay of Sakura from Tsubasa.

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Some backgroud info for the feather:

At the beginning of the series, Sakura grows wings from her back, which dissolve into magical feathers that are in fact pieces of her soul. These contain her memories since she was born, and if not retrieved, she will die without them.

Since these feathers represent her soul, these hold an enourmous amount of magical power. Each of them affect their surroundings differently. Whenever Mokona senses a feather, it goes “Meyko!” to alert the group.

 

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First, prepare the materials: paper, iron wire, scissors, tape or glue.

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Second, cut the paper.

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In this way you’ll get two same pieces of diamond.

 

Third, put the iron wire between the two pieces of paper and fix with glue.

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Now you can draw the pattern on it. Actually you can draw it after you cut the pieces, but I prefer to do it now.

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You can see the pattern on Pic 1, mine may not be good enough, please google it.

 

Last step, cut it to be like a feather.

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Actually if you’re too lazy to cut the paper, you can simply get a feather and draw on it.

(PS: the iron wire should be sofr, not too thick.)

 

The completed feather~

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Original article is written by zoey_佐伊.

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