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Look at these comparison pictures: i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s…

Let us tell you our real names, it'll be much easier. The girl who cosplays Lelouch is Anna, the girl who cosplays Millenium Earl and Melisandre is Kate. Kate took the Lelouch photos of Anna and Anna made photos of Kate's cosplays below. No one of us is calling herself a photographer. We're just cosplayers who really love taking photos. We TOTALLY think that EVERY cosplayer can take some decent photos. You must not be a photographer for this task!

When we first started with cosplay (it was 2008), there was no photographer with a single-lens reflex camera around us. We knew a very few cosplayers and we only had a really small camera (everyone has this kind of a camera at home).
We've thought - hey, we're two people, let's just take photos of each other! We're not photographers, but we still want to try it out!

After some time both of us noticed that most of the cosplayer's photos are taken with SLR's. We knew we won't become photographers, but the "we've got to try making the best out of it!" fire burned in my chest :D I took all the courage and bought Nikon D40. That was an insane sum of money back then.

We're in 2012 now.
Please look at the comparison picture again: i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s…
(the ones of 2008 are taken with Panasonic DMC-FX9, the ones of 2012 are taken with Nikon D7000+35mm)
Both of us are still taking photos of each other and we still have tons of fun. We've saved money for a really long time and we own Nikon D7000 + 85 mm + 35 mm. We've learned so much stuff in these 4 years. We're still don't consider ourselves being photographers, but we know that now we're capable of taking pictures we'll really like afterwards despite being only "cosplayers who take photos of each other". What I really want to say is that EVERY COSPLAYER CAN DO IT! Maybe there's no photographer around you, maybe it's only you and your friend, maybe you think about "I'll never become a photographer, so why should I even try?".

Grab the camera. Have fun!

P.S. We're posting cosplay progress pictures in our tumblr: green-makakas.tumblr.com/ , so if anyone is interested... :D It's much easier to post progress there than on dA.
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:iconbelislythindor:
Belislythindor Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I take pictures on my own. It's a learning process. I bought a tripod last year, it has helped immensely. I started cosplaying officially in 2009 since in 2008 i didn't document my cosplay(I had no camera)
in 2009 I bought a simple point and shoot camera my pictures weren't the best but I made with what I had. in 2010 I bought a Nikon-D40. I am still learning and experimenting with this camera.

I am my own photographer for my cosplay, it may be hard but I manage ^^;
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FuzzyRedPants Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could click "like" on this. :)
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it :)
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KrishCreate Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Totally agree, I enjoy taking photos for my fellow cosplayer friends, even though I don't consider myself as a photographer.
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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singingaway Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
LMAO that is exactly what my sister and I do. We take pictures of each other and we started out on a bad small camera until I bought a D40 and now I'm saving up for another camera. It's really fun to be able to grow and learn new things about taking pictures. We don't claim to be anywhere an expert with camera, taking pictures and so on so forth but you really can get better just by practice and enjoying what you do. xD
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DarkainMX Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
For being in the scene doing photography as long as I have, I only have one thing to say: "THANK YOU"... You're both quite the inspiration, even to us who focus exclusively on photography. :)
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are being too nice, really!
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RedPepperDe Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i can only agree with that
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NoviceWizard Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
When you say "I", which one of you is speaking? Is it always the same person?
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No :D We know it's confusing, but until now we were to lazy to clarify who is who :D
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SNTP Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Photography is an art, and if anyone would be able to understand the how to best display art of cosplay, i would expect it to be a Cosplayer. You guys take very very beautiful photos, and you both definitely have an eye for it. Keep up the great work!
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Gee-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Artist
I totally agree! My partner and I are taking a photography class for our A levels, we've been taking such better photos compared to 3 years ago when we first started. We're so glad that we got into it more! We've improved so much!
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kp-itspossible03 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally true! Imagination is key! Before I just always imagined how pros took the shot and they imagined it would look like. Also two years ago it never dawned to me that I might have a talent for photography; now I've been taking photos of my friends (who're also into cosplaying) and of myself (though, I 've never been proud enough to post them:XD:). Although we don't take turns with the camera as cosplayers, we definitely share the knowledge as we go through. :D
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MacabreMelodia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree completely. I am going to study photography , and own a Nikon D3000 , and five lens & even though I haven't put much into my work, when I do other people's photos ; I try my best. My girlfriend and I will be doing eachother, or use my little sister as our camera ninja. Cosplay is meant to be fun ! I also followed you guys.
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Ki-Plueschie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Ich liebe eure Fotos, hört bloß nicht mit Cosplayn auf. X3
*knuddell*
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Vielen Dank!
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Rupyon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha. i want to laugh at my past and present cosplay comparison too XD
and i really agreed you you 8D most of my cosplay photos didn't took by photographer after all. me and my friend took the photos each other XD
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kazuhyun Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
yup i agree with u..n_n..
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dangomelans Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda reminds me of the first time I cosplayed at a con... I was wearing a Matryoshka cosplay but without the wigs and two kind girls came up to me and asked for a photo! i was so shy, so I posed with my friend, and my hood fell off my head during the photo ;n; But now I'm really confident!
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RedPepperDe Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
also eure fotos sind schon semi bis pro und an sich gibts ja beim fotografieren nicht viel zu beachten außer motivkomposition und natürlich sollte man seine kamera kennen :D Ich fotografiere seit 2001 mit (D)SLRs und kann mir eigentlich nix besseres vorstellen. Ich hab bisher jedoch nur Landschafts oder Technikaufnahmen (letzteres meistens mit Studio) gemacht.
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Moi-rin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Not macht erfinderisch xD

Deswegen habe ich mit dem fotografieren angefangen und habe ein weiteres Hoppy endeckt und liebgewonnen.
Wenn man beides macht, bekommt man auch schnell ein Gefühl, was die anderen wollen. <D
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, das ist wirklich wahr! ;D
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Michiaki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Ich liebe euch!

Jetzt hab ich wieder Mut *seufz*
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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hexlord Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
On the flipside, every photographers can cosplay too...

... well, just a thought haha.
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course they can! :D For example, [link] is both a great photographer and cosplayer.
I just know that many cosplayers aren't sure about taking photos when there's no photographer around, all because "I'm not a photographer, I'll never achieve the quality I want".
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hexlord Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Alrighty~ :D
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Jim-Moriarty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this journal <3 It shows perfectly the progress of most of the cosplayers in our age. I started 2007/ 2008, too, with cosplay and taking pictures. And I think there are progresses with both just by trying and trying again X3
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Green-Makakas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you! :3
Hahaha, yes! Most of us started 2007/2008, it's great to see how everyone improved!
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Jim-Moriarty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*///^///* Thank you!
It's really fascinating X3
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