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Submitting Photos for Judging - A guide from a Costume Judge

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Miana (Rachel Williams)
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:21 pm    Post subject: Submitting Photos for Judging - A guide from a Costume Judge Reply with quote

Hello and Welcome!

So you're about to submit your first costume! Here's some very helpful tips on how to make the process go much smoother, how to ensure that the process goes swifter, and some tips from the Photoshopers on how to ensure that you get an awesome looking costume profile picture.

1. Taking the Photos

When you're taking photos of your costume to send in, here's a few things to remember:

    •Take photos of ALL sides: Front, back, sides.

    •If you have a helmet, mask, or outer robe, take photos with and without said extra piece, especially the outer robe as it may hide many costume details.

    •Some costumes have lots of little detail pieces that the standards require, like a broach, special seams, hair pieces, extra pockets, food capsules, etc. Take photos of them. As judges, we go down a checklist to make sure all things are present. Taking an individual photo of them will help us go through it quicker.

    •While action shots/pretty close ups are cool, please ALSO take full body shots for the normal front/back/sides photos so we can see all components of the costume.

Here's a photo guide for "Action shots":

    •Make sure the photos are in focus. If you send in blurry photos, we're probably going to ask for new ones.

    **If shooting with a DSLR or any camera with a manual focus, here's a helpful photography tip: To ensure photos are in focus, zoom in as close as you can to the person's eyes/face. On automatic focus, half-hold down the shutter so that the camera acquires this as it's focal point. On manual focus, simply focus in on their eyes. Then, with your focal point acquired, zoom out and take the full body photo.

    •Make sure your photos are well-lit. Optimal photo conditions are outside on a cloudy day or in a shaded area. Direct sunlight, while the costume may be lit, makes most faces two-toned and doesn't look good when photoshopping. If you have to use flash on your photos, please make sure they're not washed out. Especially if the costume is white/light colored; we won't be able to see anything!

    •Take photos against mostly plain backgrounds. Bushes and trees can be photoshopped out, but plain walls/backdrops are preferred.

    **Please do NOT stand against a wall that is the same shade/color of your costume. That makes it incredibly hard to photoshop.

Here is a fantastic Lighting Guide to show you what kind of lighting we're looking for:

2. Uploading Your Photos

So now your photos are all taken! It's time to get them to us.

The first thing you need to do is to upload them to an image hosting website.

The MOST IMPORTANT THING about uploading photos is that we want the LARGEST possible photos. 800x600 shows your costume, sure, but we would totally love the 3000x2000 sized photos to be able to see all aspects of the costume.

My personal favorite is Flickr is free for small amounts of photos. What I love most about flickr is that you can upload the full size photo.

Other services include,, and

• If at all helped, PLEASE do not upload to Facebook and link us to that. Facebook resizes images and makes them smaller.

3. Submitting Your Costume

You're almost done!

Now you just need to put your photo links into your application.

The first photo you will need to upload directly from your costume. Use this space for your "Action Shot", as that will give us the direct photo at the highest resolution.

For the Additional Photos, you now need to give us the links to each individual photo that you wish to send, so your front/back/sides/detail photos.

You will need to send us the actual URL of the PHOTO. Not the page it's on, the photo itself.

If your URL does NOT end in .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png, you are not sending us a photo.

With all photo websites, you need to make sure you're sending us the image location.

If you are unsure of how to find that, it's quite simple!

I'm going to use Flickr as an example, since that's one we get a lot.

Step 1.

Go to the page of the first picture. Right click on the picture. This will bring up a size option box. Click "Original" or "Large" if original isn't an option.

Step 2.

Holy full-size image, Batman! Right-Click (or Mac equivalent) and click Copy Image Location. Then you just need to paste the URL in the application page. Go to the next photo and do it again.

That's it for now. I hope this was informative and helpful!

*All photos used are my own, so all negative comments I made are toward myself the photographer. Thank you to the members of Sunrider Base for being great models.*
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to add when submitting your photos for approval please make sure your costume is ironed, and that everything is tucked in and pulled down and straightened, so you look your best in all photos.

Your costume when approved may become a reference for others doing that same costume in the future as all the pictures you submit are viewable by all members once that costume is in your profile.

It also really helps to do a WIP (work in process) thread in the forum for that costume - found in the costumes section of the forums. And start with the fabrics you are thinking of purchasing and get every step of the process documented. This allows the judges to give you input along the way and can save you from costly mistakes and redos.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was very helpful. I had no idea where to put my photos in the first place. Rolling Eyes
So this is what I needed.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great guide thanks for sharing this information
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