Nardio Cosplay/Picture of the day


Finninyan at AnimeNext 2017


I love AnimeNext. Absofuckinglootly love it. The more I go through my insane backlog of pictures the more excited I am about going again next year. The Pictures of the Day today on Cosplay Wednesday are probably two of the very best shots I took at the con.

Finninyan AnimeNext 2017

I was thrilled with them. They were almost perfect. A year ago I would have said they were good enough. Yet, something about these pictures vexxed me. They were the only two pictures that came out looking good after a photo shoot where I missed focus for the rest of the pictures.  I really wanted to make these pop. I wanted to perfect them. I wanted to see how far I could go.

And I did.

At first, I did some light edits and was OK with them, but I wanted to do better. I waited a bit and worked on other interviews and shots. Over time I learned how to use Lightroom a bit more and a little while ago I felt ready. I spent about two and a half hours working on this first shot on and off and I am damn proud of the end result.

Finninyan AnimeNext 2017

This is one of the best shots I have ever taken and the best work I’ve done in post.

The initial shot was damn near flawless for me in terms of sharpness. I was able to play with the colors enough to help them pop and brightened only what needed it. Little by little, I removed random stray hairs, desaturated and dimmed the background a bit. Upped the detail and color on her eyes and bam. My first pro photo.

After I felt comfortable with the shot I moved on to the next one.


I repeated the process in Lightroom by using the previous edits and tweaking what I could.

I’m really happy with these photos and the progress I made with my post editing skills. Hopefully, next year I can do even better and not screw up any shots. It’s times like this when I edit photos from great cons I find myself coming down with serious post con nostalgia. I also look at ways I can improve. Maybe next time I’ll use a lower f-stops to get everything in focus. Maybe bring in a custom backdrop or two. I’m definitely going to master using an external flash!

Finally, I plan on re-interviewing this cosplayer. She goes by the name Finninyan. She was really interesting to say the least. I feel bad that the interview and the rest of the shots didn’t come out well, but that is no biggie. I figured out along the way that sometimes we need to do things several times to get ’em just right.

You can check out Finninyan’s social media links below.


Finninyan Facebook

Finninyan Patreon

Finninyan Instagram

This was from 2 years ago!!!! Ahhhhhh

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Camera: Sony a6500

Lens: Neewer 35mm f/1.7 manual focus prime fixed lens


ISO: 200

Shutter Speed:1/100






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Bernardo Español

Hi I'm Bernardo Español. I'm a guy with way too much energy and not enough free time.

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