Smartphones Killed Professional Cosplay Photography?


Cosplay photography as we know it, is dying. And… Here’s why. “Jo Sun” (Good morning) everyone. My name is Martin Wong and I am a photographer. I have seen so many changes in the cosplay industry over the last ten years. But, one of the biggest changes is ‘How’ we make photos. And that is because, smartphone cameras have overtaken professional camera equipment. In fact, back in 2017, a use to be popular website, ‘Flickr’, have you heard of them? They reviewed that the most popular type used device were smartphones, with iPhone being the most popular brand, doubled both Canon and Nikon. But… Why did it happen? And how did it affect cosplay photography? Well… Let me tell you about it. First of all: Do you know how good smartphone cameras are these days? I mean, okay. Maybe they’re not as great as top of the line DSLR or top of the line Mirrorless camera. But the advancement on smartphone camera has far exceed the advancement of professional camera equipment. I mean… Come on, Camera Company. Get it together. Step up your game. The latest smartphone have added so many practical features in the last few years. They have even added some features to combat professional cameras biggest advantage. The ability to change lens. By adding in a ‘Portrait Mode’ and more lenses built right into the phone, you can shoot a variety of look with a camera that fit right in your pocket. Huh. Try doing that, with a DSLR. And smartphone cameras are just getting better and better. Here’s some photos that I took and edited with MY phone. And if the photos are just for posting on Instagram, at a certain point, megapixel counts doesn’t even matter. Next: Not only has the quality of smart phone cameras gotten a lot better, but they have also made it so much easier for people to make photos. And I use the word, “Make” , because now you can capture and edit on one device. Since most professional cameras have very limited editing capabilities they’re very inconvenient. Here, here. Let me break it down for you. Let’s say I take a photo with a DSLR, then I have to go home to a computer, transfer the photo, then I have to pick a photo, then I have to edit that photo, then I have to send it back to my phone, THEN I can upload it to social media. In comparison with a smartphone, you just snap, edit, and you upload straight to social media in minutes. And almost everyone has a smartphones these days. I mean, the other day, I saw a 4 year old playing Minecraft on a smartphone. So, anyone can create polished content anytime, anywhere. Lastly: Cosplay photo consumption habit, have changed a lot because of social media. Cosplay fans want a lot more content and at a much faster rate. Cosplay fans now, are expecting daily contents. Back in MY day… Ho ho- We only get photos after a big convention. And, they also expect HUGE sets. Instead of just having one or two good photos. So in order to fill this need, Cosplayers have to create content just as quickly. And most full-time cosplayers cannot hire a photographer, every single month to create enough content for today’s consumption habit. So the best way for them to do so is to make content using their smartphones. And since cosplay fans won’t necessarily pay more for higher quality content… Cosplayers would just make more money by not hiring a cosplay photographer at all. But that’s not the end for professional cosplay photography. Even though, smartphone cameras have replaced DLSR and Mirrorless cameras in cosplay, it never really stopped anyone from making professional looking photos. And lots of us love cosplay with a passion. I have been shooting cosplay for over a decade and I plan to keep on doing it. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you use. A camera, a smartphone, whatever. It doesn’t matter. If you love cosplay as a hobby or as an art form, you can make cosplay photos however you want. Alright! That’s it! So, yeah. Make sure you leave a comment down below. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ and ‘Subscribe’ Oh! And click on that little ‘Bell’ So you’ll get notified next time I upload a new video. As always… Thank you for watching! I’ll see you all next time.

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