Fanime is one of our favorite anime conventions to attend for many reasons: the people, the organization, and just the overall location. While this year proved to be a blast, it was not without it’s problems.
Some of the biggest challenges this year ranged from the unexpected (an extended power outage) to the expected (construction), but that didn’t deter from the fun that we or anyone else had! Starting the event off on Day Zero (Thursday), the San Jose Convention Center, the Hilton, the Marriott, and surrounding businesses were hit with an unexpected long-term power outage due to an exploding transformer. That brought registration to a complete standstill and Fanime staff were forced to do registrations by hand. That also resulted in people not being able to get checked in. When we had arrived later in the evening, the power was still out and had been out for hours and things didn’t get fixed until late that night. The construction was another significant impact on the event this year; the big fountain in front of the San Jose Convention Center is gone and replaced with
weeds low maintenance flowers. We heard many cosplay photographers moan and groan, but looking through the shots, many of them got very creative and used it to their advantage.
So many awesome costumes! Every year it seems like the cosplayers keep upping the ante with the complexity and beauty of each their costumes. We just didn’t have enough time in the day to see it all and capture it all. We also ran into so many top cosplay photographers as well as videographers. We can’t wait to see when all the photos from Fanime 2012 starting trickling out.
For Fanime 2012, we hosted a panel discussion titled Cosplay Photography: Playing With Ambient Light. The focus of this panel was to take a concept, ambient lighting, and show some simple and basic tips and techniques to help other cosplay photographers learn and improve their current photography. Unlike other traditional photography panels, we didn’t want to get bogged down with too much technical information, but rather get right down to usable tips and tricks. We also enlisted one of the best ambient light cosplay photographers, Rachael Masako Ing, otherwise known as Masakocha, to help. Rachael, Richard Bui (Bui Photos) and Tim Vo (FiveRings Photography) then gave a presentation for 50-minutes and taking questions at the end. We’d also like to express our deepest thanks to Vince Milum Jr. (Darkain Multimedia) and our spokesmodel Kara aka Electric Lady for the invaluable assistance at the panel. Thanks to the hard-work of James Patterson (aka Jim3535, be sure to follow and like his work), there is video of the panel:
Our friends: fellow cosplay photographer OscarC with fellow cosplayer friends Bekalou, Yukari, and Foxberry did a panel at Fanime 2012 as well titled Cosplayers & Photographers Working Together and was also recorded by James Patterson. Watch it below:
And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out and share our last post where we featured the Best of the Best Photos from Fanime 2012. You can also like the album and your favorite photos in the Best of the Best Fanime 2012 album as well. From our sources on the inside of Fanime, we’ve learned that even with the challenges facing this year’s event, it still had record attendance. Despite the construction and the loss of power, Fanime 2012 was definitely a blast and we’re already planning for next year! In the meantime, be sure to catch us at Anime-Expo at the end of the month!