Grit Photo Shoot (Part 1)

In March, Mike and I were able to attend another D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meet up. The location was the Graffiti Warehouse in Baltimore, which is a really cool artist space with lots of graffiti murals both inside and outside. The theme was “Grit,” meaning rough-and-tumble or post-apocalyptic characters. However, due to a busy local cosplay schedule (Katsucon was just a couple weeks beforehand), cosplayer signups were on the short side, so the theme ended up being expanded to anything that would fit with the location.

I invited Maggie along because I thought she would enjoy participating in a D.C. Cosplay shoot. She wore her beautiful Violet Baudelaire costume (from A Series of Unfortunate Events).

This post is about the photos that Mike took of other cosplayers (and I edited). I’ll follow up with a post on photos of me later.

This was my first time editing in Lightroom, as Mike and I finally decided to upgrade from Adobe Bridge CS5. It took a little getting used to, but a lot of the basic layout and tools are similar. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to play around with some Scott Kelby presets, which I had wanted to do for a while.

On to the photos!

The first cosplayer that Mike worked with was Lily of Cool Beans Cosplay, as fem Spider-Man. I love her costume, especially with all the colors and textures.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Here I was playing with a selective colorization filter.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I tried to up the “grit” in this photo.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Next Mike worked with Maggie.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I really like that in this photo you can see all the hard work that Maggie put into the details of her costume. Check out all that applique and trim!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Similar photo, different color treatment
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Maggie had the idea for this photo. In-camera, it wasn’t clear that it had come out, but once I got it on the computer and could play with the exposure, it came out pretty cool.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Next Mike photographed Helene. What’s more gritty than Jessica Jones?
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Finally, Mike shot with one of our favorite local cosplayers, Liz of Goodbye Midnight Cosplay. I really love her Huntress!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The group photo
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

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