Japanese cosplay photographer shares tips on taking amazingly ethereal photos

Japanese cosplay photographer shares tips on taking amazingly ethereal photos

Japanese cosplay photographer Suzutama recently made the rounds online for his beautiful photos of Monster Hunter cosplay in the snow. In order to get the best shots possible, the cosplayer in the photos had to venture into the frozen woods in a skimpy costume and in return Suzutama was able to capture the most amazing and surreal images.

Apart from sharing his own works, Suzutama has also kindly offered tips to his followers who aspire to produce amazing photos like he does. Check out some of his tips on working with water and smoke below!

First off, here’s the original tweet of the aforementioned Monster Hunter cosplay photos along with an adorable shot of “when the monster failed to show up.”

【コス写真】
昨日は初雪ロケでモンハンのキリン装備撮影してきた!モンスターを発見するもあえなくクエスト失敗するの図。

model:りむたさん(@ 0v0Rimuta0v0 ) http://t.co/KfCNmfAppa


すずたま (@suzuki_tamago) January 11, 2015

Just beautiful! Now on to Suzutama’s tips for cosplay photography!

On throwing water at the cosplayer during the photoshoot:

If you throw water directly from the bucket, it will end up in a line.

If you want splashes, throw upwards or at the subject or on the floor.

You can also make the subject jump into water and capture the splashes.

<水撮影(水の投げ方)>
・桶から直接投げると線を描く
・飛沫感を出したいなら、上に投げるor床や被写体の背中にぶつける
・被写体自身が跳ぶ、溜まった水を踏むのもアリ
・カメラと被写体の間に飛沫が来ると見栄えがする

#すずたま写真塾 http://t.co/YsXSeOws7v


すずたま (@suzuki_tamago) January 07, 2015

On working with smoke:

Choose a place with good ventilation.

Move the smoke machine from the back of the set to the front to envelope the subject in smoke.

Before it gets all fogged up, quickly take your shots.

Use boards or hoses to adjust the direction of the smoke.

<スモーク撮影撒き方>
・空気のたまる場所を選ぶ
・画面奥→手前の順で(マシンを持って移動しながら)撒くと上手く被写体を囲める
・充満しきる前にスピード撮影
・噴射口に板やホース等を取り付けると煙の方向を調節出来る

#すずたま写真塾 http://t.co/xdzWsVMFky


すずたま (@suzuki_tamago) January 14, 2015

Now that is some really professional advice! If you are a cosplayer, are you going to be trying out some snow, water or smoke effects for your next photoshoot?

Source/Feature image: Togech

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Japanese cosplay photographer shares tips on taking amazingly ethereal photos