I’m always looking for new and unusual subjects to photograph, so when I saw billboards advertising the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016 I knew I found what I was seeking. I had read of other comic cons (comic book conventions) and knew that this place would be a goldmine for a photographer. Imagine a place loaded with people dressed up to look like The Joker, Harley Quinn (Joker’s girlfriend in the new movie Suicide Squad), Batman, The Incredible Hulk, Ghostbusters, Superman, Goths and every comic comic book and movie fantasy character you’ve ever heard of and THEY ALL WANT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED!
Inside the convention center, there were booths where individual comic fanatics sold their own artwork or classic comic books and costumes, gear, jewelry, memorabilia, bumper stickers, etc. There were also booths for DC Comics and others. And all around the convention hall was packed with people and many were there in costume. Suicide Squad started that day and there were many fans buzzing about it.
You would think this environment would attract many avid photographers. Instead, there was only a few, but as far as I could tell I was the only one using flash. I’m glad I took it as the available lighting made for dark eye sockets. Furthermore, due to the nature of the makeup and colors on the characters, flash really exaggerated the character’s appearances. I had my iPhone 6, which is a terrific camera in its own right, but my big camera is best to get really usual photos because I can use my ultra-wide angle zoom lens, flash and other creative features the iPhone doesn’t have.
The Comic Con 2016 is now over, but don’t despair, there will be another one next year!