Three years ago, while still living in San Diego, I decided to head down to Comic-Con and take street portraits of the crazy costumes. I had pitched the idea to several of editors that I was free lancing for and none of them (although one sent one of his staff) where interested. I went ahead and did them anyways. I sent them to one of the agencies that I was represented by and the editor from La Jolla Patch saw them and bought the whole series. So since then I have been shooting them for La Jolla Patch. I try and make them a little different from year to year.
Going to Comic Con is always fun and also a little insane. Shooting the portraits is always a challenge, there are so many people and so many costumes, half the time I am not sure what people are dressed up as. Finding a good background and clear spot with both enough foot traffic but not too much foot traffic can be hard. I also have people try to get behind me to take photos(extremely annoying). Keeping the subjects attention is key. I use a light stand with a 580EX II and a little diffusion box. I try to keep it simple so no one gets hurt and nothing gets broken. I look forward for next years portraits, and who knows, maybe a book one day.
San Diego Comic Con Photos – by Daniel Dreifuss
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