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Lindsey Stirling at House of Blues Anaheim

Went to my second Lindsey Stirling concert last night, this one at the House of Blues in Anaheim, right next to Disneyland. I thought I’d gotten there pretty early but there were already people in line! They were cool people to hang out with though, and we all got spots right in front of the stage.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring my camera into the venue. They searched my bag and I had to check-in and have them hold my camera during the concert. Which means I had to make do with the camera on my cellphone. I got some okay pictures, since I was right up at stage, but it really made me wish I’d been able to use my Canon. Still, it was an amazing concert, incredible performance and even better than last time.

Camera: Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone

WonderCon 2013

Attended WonderCon 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. I’ve previously gone to the San Diego Comic-Cons before, although I usually took pictures of the crowds and various booths rather than of individual people.

This time I tried to make more of an effort to get photos of the different cosplayers and their costumes. I still felt a little odd asking to take people’s pictures but it wasn’t as awkward as I’d feared once I started doing it. Didn’t get as many as I’d hoped but it was still a good start. Some of the details on some of them were amazing. I can’t imagine how much work had to go into several of the costumes I saw. I’m certainly looking forward to next year.

I think I really like taking pictures of cosplayers, especially with the way they get into character when posing.

Ohh, and I also attended a couple panels, like the one for Superman Unbound. Managed to get a couple pictures of the voice actors: Matt Bomer and Molly C. Quinn.

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS

Drew & Karl Groupshoot in Tustin

Attended my first groupshoot last weekend, which also happened to be my first time taking pictures of people. Previously I’d always photographed landscapes, still life, or crowds, but never just one person. The event was located at a really nice, large house in Tustin, with plenty of interesting backgrounds.

This type of photography took me some getting used to, although working with experienced models made things easier, since they all knew what to do without needing much input from me. They were friendly and patient, even though I felt a little unprepared and unsure of how groupshoots worked. The hosts and other photographers were really helpful as well, letting me borrow some of their lights to try out and see what a difference it makes. I ended up doing a few 1 on 1 sessions with Cindy, Dolly, and Francesca while some other photographers helped me out and gave me tips on how to position the lights and getting the camera settings right.

Most of my shooting was done indoors, with natural available light in most places, and borrowed strobes in others.

It was definitely a fun experience though, and I’ll probably be attending another one. I may eventually get some lights of my own too.

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS