DJRanmaS is a well-known photographer from New York, who loves capturing costumes on film at conventions!
How many years have you been into photography and what got you into cosplay photography?
I got into cosplay photography in 1999 because I didn’t want to miss anything at my first con and was floored at all the costumes I saw. I started uploading them on my site in 2002 and am now going full force with it.
What regions do you usually cover, and do you charge for photoshoots? Also, how does one get in contact to shoot with you?
My region is the New York and tri-state area, but I will travel as far north as Boston and New Hampshire and as far south as Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Atlanta. I don’t charge because I’m just an amateur who’s having fun. As I take pictures, I push myself to do better. I only ask you to give a few dollars if you sell any of the images. To get a hold of me, my website, email, twitter, just wherever you catch sight of me all work.
What type of photoshoots do you prefer and why?
I don’t have a preference. When I take pictures, if I see something in the costume that makes me want them, I will just ask to borrow you for some photos. And it could really be anything, just depending on the situation.
What is some of your favorite equipment you work with and why?
My favorite is my Canon Powershot SSX200. I enjoy this camera because it’s easy to change settings on the fly. When it comes to video recording, my Canon HRF310 is my favorite. My Google Nexus 7 Tablet doubles for recording and jotting down notes, along with viewing and playing images back.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m excited about working with live-streaming. I’ve been running a podcast for several years, and we are hoping to bring it live around episode 100 via Vognetwork.com.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other photographers and who do you think does them well?
Going from con to con, I take a lot of pictures and a photographer will come and ask to join in. I would just like to see more respect from photographers, such as those who ask to join in. I prefer asking, instead of just a run-by photo.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
There are too many catty people thinking about themselves. It’s not just about one person. A little respect goes a long way.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
From the producing side, I would like to see the press departments change. We can’t update everyday and hit every convention. Give us some respect, time, and allow us to show you what we can do. Be patient with us, we can’t drop everything to get things uploaded right away. It’s usually just a hobby in our busy lives.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into photography?
Work within your budget; don’t go above your means. If you want a specific camera, save up, and then get it. If not, or you’re unsure what you want, just get a simple camera and learn it. Have fun!
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
My favorite convention is AnimeNext, as they’re not only local, but they love working with press. Zenkaikon doesn’t ask what you’ve done, you just have to ask to be press and tell them your basic plans. The more lenient a convention is to press, the more we can give back to the con and the community.
Thanks for the interview, DJRanmaS! To check out his work and contact him for a shoot, you can check out his Facebook page!