Anime Expo 2013 - Convention Report - AX 2013 @ 85mm

July 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

My Experience at Anime Expo 2013

Another great Anime Expo has come and gone.  For me, Anime Expo 2013 represented a great challenge.  The challenge was due to the fact that I lost all the equipment I was accustomed to using to cover conventions.  I had no strobes, no mono-lights, no LED’s, no umbrellas, not no nothin’.   This year I was armed with my trusty Canon 5D Mk 2, an 85mm, and a collapsible light reflector.   That’s it. 

I covered all 20 of my scheduled photo shoots with this set up. :o

I was nervous and excited to see if I could rise to the occasion without using my lack of equipment as an excuse not to produce anything worthwhile. 

Honestly, not having to worry about light stands, and manual flash settings, wireless triggers and diffusers was a relief.   (n_n;)

(photo credit: Risa Takeda)

(photo credit: Zulma Castro)


I spent a lot of time before the convention researching characters, ambient light techniques, composition, and finding locations to allow me to use my limited focal length to its maximum (even though I did get a little repetitive with the locations at times).   I relied on ambient light techniques all weekend.  I also had my iPad full of reference images to use for character poses and inspiration; an invaluable tool.  

This year also gave me the opportunity to collaborate and hang around with awesome photographers, and all around great dudes.  It was cool talking to all of you. (Steve Pham, Ejen Chuang, Hugo Fernando Martinez, Mike Rollerson, Darryl Pamplin, Jason Barbosa , and everyone else).

It was also a pleasure shooting with all the talented cosplayers who were nice enough to lend me their precious convention time.  It was an honor, and thank you all. <3  Below are some of the shot's I managed to snap during the convention.  

Miss Sinister Cosplay - Sagat

Miss Sinister Cosplay ^
Amanda - Original Character

Amanda Benavidez ^Sasha - Comedian

Sasha Felix ^Angeline - Annie (LoL)

Angeline Woo ^

Check out more pictures here.

All in all, it was a super-fun-worry-free weekend full of anime related deliciousness.  I’ll have the rest of the photos up soon, and thanks again!

See you next year!

-Nelson Castro (LAphotoNet.com)            


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