Photographer Interview with Jason Eras

Jason Eras is an amateur photographer, who continues to learn and grow as he captures his beautiful photos!

Jason Eras

How many years have you been into photography and what got you into cosplay photography?
Greetings! First off, my name is Jason Eras and I’ve been interested in photography since I was in high school. I was mostly interested in landscape photography.

What regions do you usually cover, and do you charge for photo shoots? Also, how does one get in contact to shoot with you?
For the last 3 and a half years, I’ve been doing cosplay photography by attending many of the anime conventions along the west coast, specifically in California and now in Seattle, Washington. As an amateur photographer, I don’t charge a fee because I don’t consider myself a professional because I’m self-taught.

What type of photo shoots do you prefer and why?
After attending my most recent cons in Seattle,San Diego and at the LAX Marriott, I’ve come to realize that it’s the imagination that helps create great pictures. The highest compliment I can give to a cosplayer is “Living Incarnation” because of the physical resemblance and detailing of the costumes. Simply put its how the character would look if they came into our reality. I came up with the term after seeing the Disney move, Enchanted.

What is some of your favorite equipment you work with and why?
The equipment I like to use mainly is the basic equipment: a Canon Rebel Xt, a 580 EXII flash with stand and wireless transmitter.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?

Unknown cosplayer as Litchi from BlazBlue, photo by Jason Eras

What I’m looking forward to doing in the future is landscape and macro photography because I’ve been fascinated with nature landscapes and I’ve wanted to do a lot of traveling all across the country to take pics of famous national parks. As a Communications Major at CSULB, it’s important to understand how we all communicate with one another. However, I’m still not sure what I plan to do when I get my degree in COMM, in the fall of 2012. But I’ll soon have a path laid out for me, when I have finished studying in Sydney, Australia.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other photographers and who do you think does them well?
I view cosplayers as talented & gifted artists who are sharing their talents with everyone. I don’t think of them as popular celebrities because they’re not charging photographers a fee to take pictures. At the same time, the more fans certain cosplayers have, the more gifted and talented they are. I believe it’s important to remember that cosplayers are people and that they be treated with the same respect as we treat anybody. As a photographer, it’s my duty to get to know the person behind the costume and learn about their artistic talents and inspirations. Also my job is to also make the cosplayer ‘one with its character’ by simulating scenes and poses from certain games and anime series.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Perhaps what I fear is that there are some cosplayers who only favor certain photographers and are unwilling to give others a chance to show off their imagination and talents as photographers. I think the same thing can be said for photographers who favor certain cosplayers and won’t share them with other photographers. Popularity can go to their heads, which is why I believe its important to remember that we’re all people here who share a common interest in anime and games. We grew up watching anime and playing classic games when we were young, only we taken our love for them and taken it to a whole new artistic level.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into photography?
Some of the things I’d like share with new comer photographers are to keep practicing with the equipment you have. Observe the natural sunlight and think how you might use it to your advantage. Also, don’t let other great pics get you down; use them as a source of inspiration and motivation.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
One of my favorite cons that I like to attend the most is Fanime, in San Jose. After attending AX for nearly ten years, I come to notice that the atmosphere of the convention has changed, not to mention the attendance, the sponsors and the prices. Its become more corporate than fan organized like Fanime. The only thing I’ve come to admire about AX are the large crowds of cosplayers the come from all across the country, having it being the largest con on the entire west coast.

Pikmin Link as Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon, photo by Jason Eras

Thanks for the interview, Jason Eras! To check out his work, you can check out his Deviantart.

About Yunie

I am a cosplayer, a nerd, a geek. I am whatever you call me. However, I have a brain and tend to use it.
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