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Wow... it's been nearly a year since I wrote my last journal.  Not sure if anyone reads them, but I figure I'd give a little update.  I sort of "quit" cosplay photography for a while, and now I'm shooting in a very limited capacity.  Basically if I have time, I'll shoot with whoever is on hand or is available, and at conventions I no longer schedule shoots anymore.  I really hated dealing with all of the cancels, missing some other awesome cosplayers due to waiting around, and drama surrounding who/what I shot and when I finished edits for them and of course the fame drama of cosplayers and photographers.  It seems these days all anyone wants to be is famous.  Very rarely does anyone want to just be a cosplayer, a hobbyist photographer, a fan, or a friend.  Cosplayers who won't shoot with you because they don't know if you're famous, and if you're not a famous photographer, it's a waste of their time.  Jealous cosplayers who would send anonymous messages trying to badmouth the people I have shot/like to shoot with.  I had just gotten tired of dealing with it all, so I said: "I quit."  That helped ease a lot of the drama, and I was not being bothered by as many people as before.  I don't think I'd ever fully quit, because photography is still a strong passion of mine, as is photo editing.  But now at least, I feel like it's a hobby again, and that I'm shooting on my terms.
When I started shooting, it was a fun hobby on the side.  I edited quickly in lightroom, and pumped out hundreds of shots in 1 night.  Now, I'm selective of who I shoot (usually just my friends), and I take nearly 2-3 hours per shot, up to 8 if the shot was poorly taken.  99% of my work is done in Photoshop now, and I absolutely love the program.  I spend hours searching for more youtube tutorials and watching color grading videos and makeup videos just to learn more techniques.  Youtube is honestly the greatest teacher in the world.  I have learned more from that website alone than all my years in college. 
It's been hard to get back into the swing of things since I don't shoot as often, and I always feel quite rusty when I do shoot.  Somehow I've managed to stop using flash all together, and while I like some of my results, I wish that the cosplayers would have the patience to wait for me to set up strobes for shoots.  With more controlled lighting I feel that so many shots could have been that much greater.  I always feel rushed when doing a shoot at conventions because everybody always has someplace to be.  This is why I'm loving location shoots more and more.  It gives me more time, more freedom and more interaction with the cosplayer/model.  I especially love it when a fellow photographer will come along and shoot with me.  I always get more ideas when shooting with someone else.
This year also marked my first year going out of state to a convention.  I went to Katsucon 2014!  It was quite an ordeal just to get there.  We lost 1 full day due to bad weather conditions, but once we got there, I had a blast, and enjoyed the fact that almost no one knew me, and that I knew no one as well.  I got to shoot some pretty amazing cosplayers, and made some new friends too.
Anyway, this has kind of gone on as a rambling post, but I just wanted people to know that I haven't given up everything, and I will still be shooting here and there.  I hope to see you all at a convention/meetup soon.
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John Lynn
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
I love photography and Photoshop. I usually photograph cosplay, and friends. Please enjoy my photos!

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Magureatari Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your photography work is truly inspirational. You have a great style for bringing out the best for every shot you take; of course the cosplayers are beautiful and what they do is amazing (and you got to shoot with so many of my favorites, too), but so much of the "art" in cosplay is captured through the talent behind the camera, and you definitely have the talent for that type of art. I've heard tons of cosplay photography stories like you mention having gone through in your journal post (cosplay is fashion and modeling in a sense after all, and that atmosphere seems to hover around it) and I'm glad to see you were able to take control without quitting your work, because I'm sure I'm not wrong to say you seem to have a passion for what you do that shows very clearly. I hope to be able to achieve the same types of results someday as can be seen in your impressive gallery here. Please excuse the excessive +favs, it was hard to resist :eager:
SNTP Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your kind words.  I do have a great passion for photography, and although life tends to get in the way a lot, I think I will always love to do it.  Please +fav all you like, I'm quite happy and honored when you do :)
Hopefully you will get back to posting your art again on DA, but until then, I hope you enjoy all the wonderful art and photographs that DA has to offer.  It's always been a great source of inspiration for me :)
Typical-Mental Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy crap I love your style,man. The low contrast look in your shots really suit the Cosplayer's you shoot with. Its really all incrediable. You're where I want to be in the next few years.
SNTP Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks man!  I try not to overdo it too much, but it's just a style technique I fell in love with that I found through following other photographers on DA.  Thanks again, and I hope you exceed me in the next few years!
beethy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Senpai noticed you 
SNTP Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your work :iconbeethy:!!  You're always an inspiration :heart:
beethy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Alexamadden Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi John !!Clap  Good morning! I want invite you to my page. Have a nice day!! ------------------------------------> CLICK HERE :D (Big Grin) 
JustNivi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Per usual, you're so kind to show me love on my page! Nikon Photographers rock! Thank you. :heart:
SNTP Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
haha of course!
But unfortunately my profile picture is a lie!! XD  I actually shoot with an Olympus OMD E-M5!  I'd love to own one of those Nikon Full Frame cameras at some point though!
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