Just One Shot: Princess of the Crystal / by Martin Siggers

NEC, Birmingham
Nikon D3, Nikkor AF-S 50mm 1.4G, f/1.8, 1/250, ISO200

One of my favourite photographic experiences is getting to shoot at comic/film/anime conventions. There's an excited atmosphere and a vast array of models, almost all dressed up in tremendously striking, varied outfits. Most importantly, they're more than eager to be photographed, a very pleasant change from normal public street photography.

Working in crowded, dingy convention halls also brings its own problems however. Lighting is without exception appalling, clear space and neutral backgrounds can be difficult to find, and while the outfits are often breathtaking they're very rarely practical to pose in. I've found that a 'mini-studio' in the form of a pair of speedlights with umbrellas is a tremendous help at equalising the light, and while it's tempting to rush in such a hectic environment, a little patience can coax excellent images out of tough conditions.

Many thanks to the lovely AImee Freya for posing for this shot. Find her at https://www.facebook.com/reyamimicosplay