Share My Cosplay: Behind the Lens with Carlos Adama

Location: London

SMC: What interested you in photography?
Carlos Adama: I’ve always liked taking pictures but didn’t really start taking it seriously until I got my first dslr about 4 years ago or so and realized how much more I could be doing.

SMC: What interested you in photographing cosplayers?
Carlos Adama: I have always been a big geek so it was a natural progression. I have helped/worked in comics conventions organised by friends in the past and in one of them I took my camera and got very good shots, to the point that for the year after they asked me to be pretty much the onside photographer. That led to realizing it’d be a fun project to take on, I became friends with some cosplayers and started doing shoots as much as I could.

SMC: Do you have a preference shooting between studios, outside or conventions?
Carlos Adama: Definitely I have a preference for location shoots. I like matching the character (s) with an environment that matches. I find the idea of creating a fake reality, putting the cosplayers in a setting that enhances and make sense with the costume very appealing.

There is also the practical reason that I am not very knowledgeable technically and I barely carry any equipment and I love working with available light and improvising.

SMC: Any upcoming cosplay events you will be shooting (Schedule)?
Carlos Adama: I will be attending dragon con and Winter London film and comic con for sure.

SMC: What photographers inspire you?
Carlos Adama: Funny enough, although there are a few cosplay photographers I really admire (Judi Stephens, Darren Rowley, Anna Fischer, What a big Camera, George Wong, etc…) I look more towards film makers or fashion photographers… people like Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann, David Fincher… I often try to make my photos look like frames out of movies

SMC: Any favorite cosplayers you have liked to working with in the past?Carlos Adama: I have loved working with everyone I’ve photographed, everyone brings something different to the table, but for different reasons I’m very fond of Lil Prince, Aigue Marine, Sooty Dragon, TigerLilly, Fairy Porch Queen, Kerraldine and of course the Australian gang of Mad Maven, Black Cat,  Something Wicked, Justin Acharacter….

SMC: Any cosplayers you hope to work with in the near future?
Carlos Adama: So many of the British scene I haven’t had the chance to work with and hopefully will soon, so many talented people here. In Dragon Con I expect to finally shoot with Punisher Mike MC and Bellechere if time works out.

SMC: Any cosplay shots you’re best known for?
Carlos Adama:That’s not really up for me to say, but judging for number of views in different social media, I’d say that definitely the Robin shoot with Kerraldine, fem Venom with Mad Maven, all the Batman related stuff I did in Australia and Tintin with Lil Prince

SMC: Do you have a geeky side? What’s your favorite way to pass the time? (Comic books, video games, movies, anime, etc…)
Carlos Adama: Big time, I’m an avid comic book reader and a cinephile. I have also been an old school roleplayer for many years. I do play video games but not as much as I used to. If it’s geeky I’m probably into it

SMC: Any upcoming / ongoing cosplay related projects?
Carlos Adama: Lots! I try to shoot at least every other weeks. The next big thing for me is to do more shoots involving remote flashes as it’s a skill I’m trying to learn, that’ll hopefully lead to better pictures and more night shoots. There is also going to be more shoots with horses in them