O-Chibicon 2005

Spent a big chunk of yesterday at O-Chibicon 2005 here in Houston. I went Friday night just before midnight to take pictures of the scantily clad cosplay competition. There weren’t a lot of cosplayers there, but it was interesting. The most scantily clad person was the MC, Jacqi, And yes there are pictures.

Photography aside: I don’t shoot a lot of events, so I don’t own a camera mounted flash. I have to use my popup flash, which really sucks. So the pictures of this event weren’t so great. Also could have used a longer lens. I was going to rent a flash, but the place I called never called me back.

Saturday we got there about noon, and set up my studio lights. I was going to have seamless but stupid ass Amovana kept that from happening. (They still haven’t even shipped the thing). But I did set up my studio light and shot pictures of anyone who was in costume. Those will be up for view sometime this week.

I was going to charge a sitting fee, but decided I’d rather spend 4 hours shooting, and probably make no money, than spend 4 hours mostly telling people what it would cost and having them not be interested. I hope to make some money on prints. And everyone did sign a form allowing me to use the pictures pretty much anyway I wanted in return for them being able to use the web versions all they want.

I also shot the main cosplay competition Saturday night. That was an experience as well. There were lots of cool costumes.

All in all I took 419 pictures. I’m thinking I may put them all up on Flickr instead of my main portfolio site. This will allow lots of people to see them by chance and also easily let people comment on them. I really need others to comment on them so I can know who the characters are. I figure people can add their own tags to do that via Flickr.

This is my photostream on Flickr right now. I may have to sign up for the paid version so I can get more sets.

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