This is by far the easiest catergory to set up a reference picture for. Most of the judges will be familiar with the character and will know of the cosplay. Therefore you only need to set up a basic photo of the character. Ideally full length. If there are any props with the character make sure to include them. Full colour is better.
For this catergory its worth including a face shot as well as a full length as quite a few characters from this catergory will have interesting make-up/different coloured eyes and unusal hair. Most judges will not be familar with the characters so worth including a clear full length as well as any props. Don't have the manga if doing a manga costume. The judges won't have time to look for your costume.
This is the hardest one to set up a reference picture but it dose need to be set up. Ideally a full length drawing of the costume. You don't have to have brilliant artistic skills (its the costume itself that will be judged, not the photo). Just as long as the costume you want to show is clear and any props is clear.
In all cases a full length shot is needed
If there are any props included make sure they are in the photo. If there isn't a prop and the character normally carries one then make sure the prop is NOT included in the photo. Entries have been marked down in past events if the prop wasn't there and it was in the picture.
Colour is prefered as it gives the judges the best idea of what the costume should look like. The picture should come to about A4.
Back shots are not nessercary unless the costume has very particular back detail that you want to include in the judging.
The judges will only have a few moments to check the reference photos. Follow any of the tips above and you'll have a good chance of being judged well.
Heres a sample of one of my cosplays and how I would set up the reference photo for it.
My cosplay. Abel Nightroad from 'Trinity Blood' anime. Photo by Bloo. (some of you many have seen this cosplay already)
The reference (I'm going list the good points and bad points)
Good points - Full length shot
Being an anime character I've included close up to show unusal hair
Full colour and good quality photo
Bad points - The sholder armour props are missing from the cosplay. Its a very high chance that I would loose points for that
The gun prop I'm carring with the costume is missing from the pic.
Ideally I would of needed the full length shot to be bigger as the judging would be on the whole cosplay.
Have fun setting up your refence photos. Any questions feel free to ask.
Edited by Legolassie Malfoy, 08 May 2008 - 12:01 PM.