Equipment & Setup
Sydney Manga and Anime Show or "SMASH" is just as the name of the convention suggests: A two day event covering topics on anime, manga, games and cosplay. This year I brought along two studio heads and a battery pack to power them throughout the day. I used softboxes as Key and Fill roles. The total weight of gear was about 36 kilograms. It was a tough event moving all my gear on location but it was worth it.
This is a snapshot of some of the AMAZING cosplays this year at the convention. Conventions are great places for photography as cosplayers continuely showcase their talents in costume, weapons and prop making. It is therefore my job to capture the costumes on exhibit as detailed and accurately as possible.
This requires a good understanding of lighting, mood, direction, and skill in communicating with the person being photographed. I feel so priviledged that so many people were willing to work with me at SMASH.
Saturday Cosplay Competition: Female Category Winners
Saturday Cosplay Competition: Male Category Winner
Model: A.K. Wirru
Models: Pockami, Josh Elvin
Models: Tracie Firefly, Ashley Down
Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers: Gadget
Model: Feisty Cuffs
Models: Yasemin Arlan, Uncredited