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Posted 22 April 2010 - 10:32 AM

Hello www.acen.org/forums/Off-Topic Forums>Cosplay>Gatherings>Photoshoot Thursday viewers.....

Seph Victor Mercado here.. Acens Production Staff Photographer...

Im busy Friday, Sat, and sunday... well.. just is not likely going to happen....

Thursday Mat 13th.. I am offering photoshoots.. this would be my third year doing so...

this is my favorite the year before last(still a big favorite of mine)
http://sephphoto.com/z/acen0290.jpg

and my fav from last year
http://sephphoto.com/z/acen594.jpg


And the images on the big screen at the masquerade
http://sephphoto.com/z/acen_0698.jpg

(if you have been to the masquerade the last 3 years, the images shown are mine)


Photo shoots are not something I offer freely, frequently, often..

More than likely the shoots will be held on the second floor of the "Conference Center Foyer"
http://www.ohare.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/ho...o/floorplan.pdf


there Is one Catch to me offering you an awesome photoshoot that will result in awesome images...
You have to show up.. thats the catch....

Its really hard for me to photograph cosplayers who are not there(im not that good yet, but im working on it)


So, if you have no plans for thursday and you have an awesome cosplay you would like captured with a creative lighting photographer, please let me know so we can finalize details..



If you have any questions comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me...

-Seph Victor Mercado


Edit:
forgot to add.. you can view my work on my website.

www.sephphoto.com

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:09 AM

My group is going to be around on Thursday. What time would you be doing this?
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:37 AM

I am interested in this! I'm not sure when we're arriving for sure yet or what's on my plate other than setting up my artist alley table. What times will you be doing these photos? :]
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:40 AM

Yep Sign me up hon! You have my number and e-mail so we can work out the details :D

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 02:40 PM

That would be very cool, around what time are you going to be there? I'm traveling about 5-6 hours to get there and i wanna know if i can make it in time so i don't have to try and get a speeding ticket :)
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 03:01 PM

EVERYONE.. im think about 7:00pm or 8:00pm... that will give time for everyone(hopefully) to make it and settle in. Ill be up most of the night anyways so im not apposed to later shoots...

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 03:41 PM

NO! T_T

I never come until Friday morning...
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I was really hoping to get a chance to meet you and get photgraphed by you this year...T_T
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 04:12 PM

View PostSeph, on Apr 22 2010, 04:01 PM, said:

EVERYONE.. im think about 7:00pm or 8:00pm... that will give time for everyone(hopefully) to make it and settle in. Ill be up most of the night anyways so im not apposed to later shoots...


Sounds great!! I'll be working Thursday afternoon so I have the night off! ^.^ Yeay! I wasnt able to make it last year but this year I'm working really hard on my cosplay so I cant wait!

@Patty- What time are you going to the shoot? We should meet up ^.^ PM me

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 04:30 PM

I approve of this. I'm gonna ask my friend if we can get there.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 04:48 PM

Oh do want. Make room for 2 please~~ <3

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:17 PM

Wow, what an honor! This sounds amazing. Will you have a sign up sheet of sorts or is it a first come-first serve idea?

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:09 PM

View PostSka_Toranpetta, on Apr 22 2010, 05:12 PM, said:


Sounds great!! I'll be working Thursday afternoon so I have the night off! ^.^ Yeay! I wasnt able to make it last year but this year I'm working really hard on my cosplay so I cant wait!

@Patty- What time are you going to the shoot? We should meet up ^.^ PM me


Im really sorry you we where not able to work together last year... as you know how it is with staff.. its really hard to do certain things during the con.. im really glad you will be able to make it this time around :)


View PostSoy Sauce, on Apr 22 2010, 05:30 PM, said:

I approve of this. I'm gonna ask my friend if we can get there.


You know, Im glad you posted.. we really need to try to get a few more male cosplays as well....


View Posttatterpillar, on Apr 22 2010, 06:17 PM, said:

Wow, what an honor! This sounds amazing. Will you have a sign up sheet of sorts or is it a first come-first serve idea?


No, no sign up sheet. first come first serve really.



FOR THOSE INTERESTED..
Can you do me a favor? Can you forward me your cosplayes(art work or actual photo of yourself)..
The reason is so that I can have an idea of what ill be working with which would really help me decide my lighting.

Please keep in mind that I try to photograph every subject with lighting that best flatters their persona... I will try my best to balance creative lighting with time. I really do not want to keep you for to long trying to get the perfect angle while i am photographing you... and I would hate to have you wait to be next as well. My lighting set up, and possibly back drop will be a direct result of how many are interested... But please keep in mind if you have a large prop we might not be able to get the entire prop in frame.


I am really thinking of shooting a 3/4 frame. That would be from your mid thigh to just above your head. Shooting 3/4 really allows me to work with creative lighting at an uncontrolled environment such as acen. I know a lot of you would be interested in full body, and we "might" be able to get away with shooting in the main lobby... But I would much play this one a little safe as to ensure I will be able to photograph everyone interested instead of being shut down early...


3/4 shot....Up close and personal... just like 90% of fashion/lifestyle magazine covers out there....

If you want to send me an email, please use this address
shoots@sephphoto.com


Thanks for your time and interest, and I look forward to meeting all of you

-Seph Victor Mercado

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:42 PM

Do you want just anime cosplays or are other cosplays good too? I'll probably have my Rukia with (my friend wants to borrow it) but I'm more likely to be in one of my Doctor Who cosplays. But I can hopefully sneak away for a bit :)
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 06:58 PM

I should be there Thursday. Is it alright if I hang around & watch you work? I've taken a photography class, but haven't gotten around to taking any lighting classes yet.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 07:05 PM

View PostKitsu-chan, on Apr 22 2010, 07:58 PM, said:

I should be there Thursday. Is it alright if I hang around & watch you work? I've taken a photography class, but haven't gotten around to taking any lighting classes yet.


same here seph.
Promise not to get in your way.
I'm jsut very interested. :]
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 09:45 PM

View PostKnitChick, on Apr 22 2010, 07:42 PM, said:

Do you want just anime cosplays or are other cosplays good too? I'll probably have my Rukia with (my friend wants to borrow it) but I'm more likely to be in one of my Doctor Who cosplays. But I can hopefully sneak away for a bit :)


At this time, I am open to all interested in having there photograph taken. After im done with cosplayers, depending on how things turn out, I might be up for photographing non cosplayers as well.. Im going to be there so why not...

View PostKitsu-chan, on Apr 22 2010, 07:58 PM, said:

I should be there Thursday. Is it alright if I hang around & watch you work? I've taken a photography class, but haven't gotten around to taking any lighting classes yet.



View PostDave_the_Vagrant, on Apr 22 2010, 08:05 PM, said:

same here seph.
Promise not to get in your way.
I'm jsut very interested. :]



Sure, you guys can watch. Depending on my set up.... if you see me even casually touching a light(forward/backward/higher/lower) there are dynamic reasons I might not be able to go into. I can not promise a learning experience, but if anyone ever has any questions at all about lighting, I am always more than willing to help out...

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:11 AM

View PostSeph, on Apr 22 2010, 10:45 PM, said:

Sure, you guys can watch. Depending on my set up.... if you see me even casually touching a light(forward/backward/higher/lower) there are dynamic reasons I might not be able to go into. I can not promise a learning experience, but if anyone ever has any questions at all about lighting, I am always more than willing to help out...


Awesome. Thanks seph. :]
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:17 AM

There are a few things I would like to say...

First, I can not tell you how impressed I am with you guys.... Your ability to take, understand, and follow directions is more then refreshing. My life would be a lot easier if more models I work with where more like you guys....


Thinking more about it, I wouldnt be able to get fully body shots.. The location in which we would be shooting is carpeted so the seamless paper is not going to work..

The first year I did this, i just used the wall
http://sephphoto.com/z/acen0290.jpg

Last year I used a hi key(white)
http://sephphoto.com/z/acen594.jpg

After your submissions, I decided to shoot low key(black)

It will be really dramatic and add an awesome studio flare.....

I really can not wait... this set up will be pretty easy to work with so I want you guys to focusing on bringing me your energy...
p.s. bring your friends


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:25 AM

I am so interested. I didnt get many good pictures of one of my recent costumes. Im going to try and be there all day Thursday.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:30 AM

Also, one more thing, this will NOT be a group shot.. the lighting i am creating is not for group shots...

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:31 AM

View PostSka_Toranpetta, on Apr 22 2010, 05:12 PM, said:

@Patty- What time are you going to the shoot? We should meet up ^.^ PM me



I get off of reg @ 7 on Thursday, I'll PM you hon!

This looks like this has awesome potential :)


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:49 AM

View PostSeph, on Apr 23 2010, 09:30 AM, said:

Also, one more thing, this will NOT be a group shot.. the lighting i am creating is not for group shots...


What about max of 2 people? I'll PM you details.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:00 PM

View PostSka_Toranpetta, on Apr 23 2010, 11:49 AM, said:


What about max of 2 people? I'll PM you details.


Ive done two subjects...

http://sephphoto.com/z/acen0628.jpg


but unfortunately, the imagery im trying to create would not allow for proper exposure for two subjects while maintaining a low key background :(
we can TRY, but i can not promise results...

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:54 PM

I am going to make a note for myself (probably set a calendar alarm so I remember) and I will come. I should be all settled in my room by then, and I don't know which costume I'll wear but it's likely going to be either one of my variations of Jack or the Fourth Doctor. But I might carry Rukia down just in case. (I always overpack)

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:00 PM

I'll be there in my Chocolate Misu cosplay. =)
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:16 AM

!!EVERYONE!!


you know what.. thinking on it more.. I should be able to fit two subjects into the frame.....

so if you have someone you wanted to get photographed with... im game :)

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:35 AM

View PostSeph, on Apr 25 2010, 11:16 AM, said:

!!EVERYONE!!


you know what.. thinking on it more.. I should be able to fit two subjects into the frame.....

so if you have someone you wanted to get photographed with... im game :)


Awesome! I'll practice poses for the shots for singles and doubles. Its always good to be prepared.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:34 PM

View PostSeph, on Apr 22 2010, 10:45 PM, said:

Sure, you guys can watch. Depending on my set up.... if you see me even casually touching a light(forward/backward/higher/lower) there are dynamic reasons I might not be able to go into. I can not promise a learning experience, but if anyone ever has any questions at all about lighting, I am always more than willing to help out...

Thanks. I look forward to watching & getting pics done... if my boss gives me vacation T_T

View PostSeph, on Apr 25 2010, 11:16 AM, said:

!!EVERYONE!!


you know what.. thinking on it more.. I should be able to fit two subjects into the frame.....

so if you have someone you wanted to get photographed with... im game :)

Sweet! I might grab KnitChick if she does Jack :w00t:
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:49 PM

Just to be sure, you are going to have this set up on the lobby level of the confrence center. The "hub" right? I'm trying to visualize the area and be sure because I mix up some areas.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:11 PM

View PostSka_Toranpetta, on Apr 25 2010, 06:49 PM, said:

Just to be sure, you are going to have this set up on the lobby level of the confrence center. The "hub" right? I'm trying to visualize the area and be sure because I mix up some areas.



View PostSeph, on Apr 22 2010, 11:32 AM, said:

More than likely the shoots will be held on the second floor of the "Conference Center Foyer"
http://www.ohare.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/ho...o/floorplan.pdf



It will be on the second floor.. .. where my head is....

http://sephphoto.com...attacenseph.jpg

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