Our Member of the Week is a very talented photographer and winner of our Planet Comicon Photography Contest, Noah Smith! Noah started working in photography in high school and it is a personal passion that has endured. He began working with cosplayers fairly recently and was excited about our contest. He also joined us for the Return of the Jedi Princesses photo shoot that took place at Liberty Memorial. Keep reading to learn more about our contest winner!
What got you into photography and how long have you been doing it?
In high school I was on the yearbook staff and had to take photos at a lot of the events. It was the first time using a camera and I loved the experience of trying to capture that perfect moment that would be in every yearbook. So in college I got my first camera and started shooting. I’m going on 4 years.
What is your favorite thing to photograph (e.g. people, animals, cars, scenery, etc)?
People, hands down. I really enjoy the connection that can be made when photographing someone and the evolution that occurs during a shoot. And that everyone has a story and most go untold but in a photo some of it can be revealed.
Why did you decide to photograph cosplayers?
Well if you must know I’m kind of a nerd; don’t tell anyone, ha. But really it just hit me one day, that I can combine two things I enjoy, and PCC and the contest hosted by the fabulous KC Cosplay and Photography group was a great first experience for me. It was a great time diving into this culture and having so much fun with it. I am meeting some great individuals along the way.
What type of camera do you prefer to use?
Not to spark any silly wars but I’m a Canon person. Currently, I’m sporting a 5D MK II. It is a great camera and can really assist me in capturing some great photos.
What is your editing program of choice?
Lightroom and Photoshop.
What is the best advice you’d give someone who wants to get into photography?
Truly think about why you are doing it. If you want to make a lot of money really fast then I will demand that you rethink your decision. Photography is about having a good time and pursuing a passion.
Have you considered cosplaying?
Until PCC, I never thought about it. After it, I could see myself doing it down the road. I have no idea what I would do but I’d consider it for sure, if I could put the camera down.
What are your other interests?
When I’m not photographing a wedding or someone really cool, you can find me playing League of Legends, writing, reading, cooking/drinking, OR debating whether I should go to the gym.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Now that’s a tough one, but I would have to say Batman. Because one, he’s Batman and two, who wouldn’t want to have dinner at Wayne manor and chat with him? The stories that could be told, and I bet Alfred would serve up a fine meal.