Cosplay Photography Tutorial


Welcome to my new tutorial! Many of you asked me, how to get from a picture like that to a picture like that. And so I wanted to tell you today how to create some good photos of your costume, using a few simple steps in Photoshop and Lightroom. At first: I’m not a pro. However I have a DSLR. And a photo slave. And Photoshop and Lightroom! A few words about our camera equipment: We use a Canon EOS 600D with a standard lens of 18-135mm (zoom) as well as our great cosplay lens. This sweet piece here. It has an aperture of 1.8f, 50mm and is available for a few bucks on Amazon. And with this stuff we get such great pictures as this one. And now I’ll show you the reason why you need a DSLR. The reason why you should use a DSLR is because it is able to create RAW files. In contrary to JPGs, RAW files are image files which save a ton of additional image information. This information allows you to do all sort of things with your images. For example can change the exposure, increase and decrease the contrast, and do the same with the saturation. As you can see, you can do much more with these photos and this gives you the opportunity to let your image really shine. Here you see the images of my Protoss Wizard photoshoot. In fact I just grabbed four friends, we made some photos and the result was I now have over 1000 image files. Friends are mostyl not professionals. This means friends will need some more tries than professional photographers. And so it’s not really bad if you get a lot of photos, since the chance that there are some good photos is much higher. In addition it’s much more fun with friends. Here you see the RAW file of one of my favourite photos. What I do at first is playing with the image temperature. The Protoss Wizard has many blue elements and I want to underline that with a cooler temperature. Then I also change the exposure a bit, make the photo a bit more interesting by increasing the contrast and just check if the overall look feels good. I’m also a HUGE fan of vignetting. Basically vignetting improves everything! It’s this dark edge which you may know from old photos. Many of you will argue about that, but for me every picture must have it! And… in my opinion it makes just everything much better! As you can see, the blue lights look a bit off. In fact the program breaks the colors of blue LED lights. This needs to be corrected afterwards. So I adjust the colors a bit. Decrease the value of blue a bit. Inscrease it somewhere else again. And… the photo is almost done. When I’m done with the rough adjustment in Lightroom, I edit the final image in Photoshop. For that I jump from Lightroom to Photoshop and… safe it at first as a TIFF file. Then I do the final adjustments. I edit the brightness and constrast a bit more. Make everything a bit brighter, everything a bit stronger and… start with editing my face. So… some stamps here… As you can see I only set some lighlights, I corrected the skin in my face a bit, got rid of tear sacs. And at the end I adjust the brightness and contrast one last time. Everything a bit higher, everything a bit stronger… and the photo is ready! So you see it’s really not that hard to get some good photos. Basically you just need some friends, a more or less good DSLR, Lightroom and/or Photoshop and some patience and time to work with these programs. Well… I hope I was able to show you something interesting, you liked my video and and learned something. See you next time!

62 Comments

  1. EsmeraudeCosplay September 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Hab adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Finde dein Tutorial sehr hilfreich 🙂

  2. Tanija September 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Klasse Tutorial, danke! 🙂

  3. CreedKeeper September 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great tutorial! It's cool to watch you work and you make it easy to understand the process.

  4. Funky Tina September 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hey Kamui^^ What part of Germany is your accent from?
    love your cosplays <3

  5. Karash770 September 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    She's Franconian, which is geographically norther bavarian for the most part, but quite often Franconians get really insulted when you mix them in with the rest of the Bavarians. ^^

  6. Moth Child Cosplay September 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    This is absolutely lovely! Thank you!!!

  7. WolkeYume September 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Vielen Dank für das Tutorial! Und du bist einfach zu süß 😀 <3

  8. Asimetrixx September 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    welche photoshop-version benutzt du denn?

  9. Lunox Reyes September 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Nice Tutorial. Witzig und informativ. Daumen hoch dafür.

  10. Ben Zeev September 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    wenn Du magst schick mir das Foto mal denn da kann man noch viel mehr raus holen mit PS 🙂

  11. Player1vsWorld September 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Vielen Dank dafür, dass du immer so offenherzig bist und hilfsbereit immer alles so toll erklärst. Damit bist du wirklich ein Vorbild! 🙂

  12. T. B. September 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Ich hätte auch mal gern so viel Selbstbewusstsein wie Du nichts an meiner Gesichtsform zu verändern ;-;

  13. Nokki September 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much! Your videos are always fantastic <3

  14. Designy September 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Loved the video! It's indeed pretty easy if you know your ways around with Lightroom and Photoshop. I do have one advice for beginners: If you have an idea for your photos, stick to it. Don't add too much to it for details or it has to do something with the character. Stick to your idea and work that out. Good luck 🙂

  15. Shannon Freeman September 9, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Did a god job on this tutorial girl. And adding humor makes it interesting.

  16. Kerberos Uzumaki September 9, 2013 at 2:23 am

    i love your channel!!! and how you work in your costumes!!!! im from chile southamerica i hope to do costumes like you!!! <3 see ya… hey in the end of the video you say chao chao! that's spanish!!!! bye

  17. Mike Williams September 9, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Awesome edit, Kamui! Try editing your eyes a bit more, thou. Lightroom has a iris adjust setting. Might try wearing colored contacts, might be interesting. Or you could add color to eyes in Photoshop.

  18. han _ September 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

    This is awesome!! Thanks 🙂

  19. FamouslyJess September 9, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Awesome tut und ich find deine Haare so wie die im moment sind stehen dir einfach unheimlich gut!

  20. FamouslyJess September 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Und benutzt du nen Graphictablet oder mit Maus?=o

  21. Mimi Brainstorm September 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Für Anfänger (oder Leute die sich Photoshop / Lightroom nicht LEGAL leisten können) sollte man vielleicht noch alternativen zur Auswahl geben. Natürlich kann man mit kostenlosen programmen nicht alles, aber einiges. Für den Anfang sicherlich auch eine Alternative!

    Aber sehr schönes Tutorial! Das zeigt wieder mal, dass nicht alles direkt als Rohdatei super aussehen muss um ein super Bild zu sein!

  22. Z1ck3 September 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Sehr hilfreiches Video,
    Ich hätte ein Paar andere fragen, ich hoffe ich kann sie dir schnell stellen und du sendest mir eine Private nachricht.
    Lg

  23. Kirill September 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Ich dachte, das ich der einzige mensch wäre mit einem d3 headset^^

  24. Rodney Amey Jr. September 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

    This tutorial was helpful.

  25. Chris Kwock September 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Can you talk a bit more about what you did in photoshop next time? brushes and such?

  26. Ain3 ko September 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Ich mag die Message "für schöne/gute Fotos musst(!) du eine Spiegelreflex haben" (überhaupt) nicht. Mir ist durchaus bewusst, dass die meisten dieser Fotos aus einer solchen Kamera stammen, aber es geht auch ohne. )Es auch Kameras die keine DSLR sind und trotzdem in RAW fotografieren können.)
    Die Nennung von Alternativprogrammen wäre auch schön, auch wenn du sie selbst nicht benutzt, nicht jeder hat Lightroom/PhotoShop.
    Dennoch schön, auch mal die unbearbeitete Fassung, des Bildes zu sehen.

  27. KamuiCosplay September 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Wie in all meinen Tutorials zeige ich nicht DIE Lösung für alles, sondern nur, wie ich selbst persönlich arbeite. Das heißt nicht, dass meine Arbeitsweise die einzig wahre ist, sondern lediglich keine Möglichkeit. Daher gibt's auch keine Anmerkungen zu Alternativen, sorry!

  28. Miss Make Over September 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    You are always so happy in your videos ^_^

  29. Elfenwahn September 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Aber wo sind denn nun die Videos zu der scharfen Rüstung in Aktion? 🙂

  30. SomeSeal September 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Ich hab ihr Kostüm auf der Gamescom 2013 gesehen, also würd ich mal sagen, du suchst nach Videos vom Blizzard Costumecontest von der letzten Gamescom.

  31. greenduality September 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I have just one quick question about the Worbla material. If you layer it with craft foam how durable is it? Could someone run around at a "Larp" and get hit with foam weapons and it still hold up well? How easily/hard is it to break?

  32. Stoitube September 25, 2013 at 2:18 am

    This is awesome! I was just thinking about how sometimes the difference between a good Cosplayer and a great one is the photos. Thank you so much for making this video! Have you attempted to use the 3D cameras? Could you make a tutorial on 3D images sometime? 🙂

  33. Dawn Cat October 6, 2013 at 3:14 am

    I love your tutorials! Please keep doing them, it's wonderful to see all your hard work and how you get to the finished product!

  34. Cantl Cantl October 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Is it hard or easy to move around in the worbla armor?

  35. Ryan Miranda-Rosario November 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    What tool did you use when highlighting the blue lights?
    Also, if you didn't know, you can adjust your brush size by using the Bracket keys [ for less and ] for bigger

  36. Salacnar November 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Congratulation on winning the Blizzcon 2013 Costume Contest with the Protoss Wizzard costume

  37. Matthew Kissau November 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Like the fact that you show the style of doing your photos in RAW! My worklflow goes firstly Canon Digital Professional, and then depending on if the shot needs any more tweaks, either Adobe Lightroom, or Corel Paintshop Pro.

  38. Crystal Black December 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Recently I saw a blizzcon cosplay video and I saw your cosplay and I was AMAZED, I was looking at your armor and I was seriously stunned, I thought this is the best cosplay I've ever seen. Now I accidentally clicked on of your tutorials, I watched 2 more, and went to your channel, and then I saw this video and realise it was you that did this cosplay`, you're AWESOME, subscribed:)

  39. Hugo De la Torre December 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    wow 😀

  40. 8bithuman January 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Die Stimme geht ja gar nicht. Heidi Klum Parodie?

  41. Gusta の PLACE January 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    God save the suvtitles.
    Good video.

  42. D January 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Das ist extrem hilfreich! Dankii <3

  43. That guy from Aggretsuko February 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Really easy and simple to understand video 😀 I love your german speaking X°D
    Thanks :3

  44. Janessa Droese March 1, 2014 at 2:28 am

    you talk so fast!>< I can only catch alittle of what you say without subs. ;-; but your videos are so good!

  45. Alpheler March 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    what program use to edit your photos? 0

  46. joginator March 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    sehr schön! tolles Endergebnis!

  47. T1MCAMP1 August 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    theoretisch könnte man aber doch auch für alles ps benutzen oder? (hab ps6 aber kein lightroom und es erschien mir iwie nicht sinnvoll noch ein programm zu kaufen obwohl mit ps ja eigtl alles geht. halt komplizierter und man muss es suchen.

  48. Serena Schultz August 21, 2014 at 6:06 am

    THIS IS AMAZING! I really didn't realize how easy it was to get such amazing photos.. I've had my dslr for a year and have barely used it.. didn't know that you could do so much more with RAW files.. thank you!!!

  49. Shiborii September 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Du bist so toll in cosplays machen ich finde die richtig schön und gut gemacht bin auch gerade dabei das Krieger Challenge mode set am machen damit ich blizzcon 2016 gehen kann 😉 mach weiter solche Cosplays! und ich hätte noch ein paar fragen wenn man cosplays macht was muss man am wichtigsten achten ? 🙂

  50. Ezio Auditore September 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Danke für dein tolles Tutorial!!! 😀

  51. LIFE Tabutiman October 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

    すごい綺麗ですね
    やっぱりコスプレしている人が綺麗だからか^^

  52. NerdyGeeky November 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I haven't actually been reading, I've just been sitting here listening to your accent and language. I think the German language is really cool!

  53. Kaitlyn Hiebert November 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    This is amazing! You've great work and made it look so easy, a wonderful video xD

  54. TaniaVocaloid November 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    what is the firts programe?
    the second is photoshop, but the firts? what is did

  55. Ayalin April 13, 2015 at 4:59 am

    you are so adorable

  56. Dandin April 16, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Du klingst wie ne Texanerin die deutsch spricht mit diesem geilen GERRRROLLTEN RRRRRRRRRRRRR 🙂 aber mach nur weiter so, du lieferst Klasse Arbeit ab, ich hoffe dass du alle Wettbewerbe gewinnst und Wünsche dir viel Erfolg! 🙂

  57. Storyof Photo's November 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Wie wäre es mit der Canon g5x 🙂
    Ist auch leichter

  58. Sophie Le Gall March 30, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Is it german ? C'est de l'allemand ? Das ist deutsch ?

  59. TehnoBelka August 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    A new wish – to learn german))) thx

  60. Abhishek Dixit September 11, 2016 at 12:08 am

    watching your photography equipment brought a smile to my face as i used to own a 600D as well it got stolen now i got a 6D :p

  61. Livia Etter December 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    ich mag alle deine Videos komme nur mit dem englisch nicht so klar

  62. Madame Xaela April 18, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Lord you’re crazy 😂😂😂

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