ACEN (Anime Central) 2011: Friday Day 1 Photos

I’m back from the 3-day Anime convention in Rosemont Illinois. Started processing photos, but it is slow work. I tweak every image by hand in Adobe camera raw and sometimes make a few modifications once the image is opened up in Photoshop. Once in Photoshop and the photo looks as I intended, I run a simple action to save the image as a full-resolution JPEG to later be placed on my gallery site (gallery.photographybanzai.com).

EDIT: All photos are processed, just use the primary link.

Once finished I will have all of the photos located here:
http://gallery.photographybanzai.com/acen2011/

Here are individual Friday the 20th links:
http://gallery.photographybanzai.com/acen2011/cosplay-fashion-day1
http://gallery.photographybanzai.com/acen2011/various-day1
http://gallery.photographybanzai.com/acen2011/princemercury1-photoshoot

A a few highlight photos from Friday (day 1):





As you can see, I forced myself to use the flash in some situations. The Sigma did well considering I was having issues with it in the past. Used Av mode and HHS enabled on the flash, but I controlled both the aperture and ISO. If I let the camera control the ISO it does screwy things, so I just set it to 80 outdoors and a mixture of higher ISO indoors unless I want dark backgrounds from light fall-off. For this type of work I don’t need to control the shutter speed, so I prefer letting the camera do that.

Day 2 (Saturday) and day 3 (Sunday) will be coming in the future.

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