I’ve been going to Memorabilia for many years since I was in high school back in the early 1990s properly my first big si fi event. . . showing my age a bit but I digress. I would like to tell you how many years is been going for but even google doesn’t seem to know but in any case a long time. I’ve watched the show grow to a huge size then fall into obscurity as other shows came along and the internet kicked it. I was worried for a wile the show would die out but MCM Expo picked it up and turned it around. I’ll be honest I had mixed feelings a few years ago when they took it under there wing. I had even more mixed feeling when this time round the added Birmingham Comic Con MCM Expo to run as part of the show now there a mouth full of a title. I have to say I was surprised how well it ran I’ve not had this much fun at a memorabilia since the old glory days so there is life left in the event. Seems MCM know how to run a event in today’s climate and the changes do work.
So as ever I was there helping out a few different people. I was there with DDR:UK I was helping the Expo Cosplay crew with my coverage and I was also lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to help out a friend of mine Nert from Many Lemons who is one of the best cosplay photographers in the UK. we was doing some press work for a new magazine. We shot several cosplayers and was also asked to shoot two of the guests at the show. I found there was a big difference when I shot the guests they immediately shock our hands and then when they got in front of the camera owned that space with out any need for direction there is a huge difference between people used to media and cameras and the rest of us and it really shows in the photos The guests where both Voice Actors from the American Dub of Full Metal Alchemist VIC MIGNOGNA voice of Edward Elric and AARON DISMUKE voice of Alphonse Elric.
Walking around looking for photos to cover the event I realised something mind numbingly obvious but we often forget so I’m brining it up now. I took a couple shots of crowds to try and show how busy the event was nut I looked down at the photos to see they were so bad you won’t ever see them, but why was they bad they had no subject! We often get so court up in trying to capture everything we forget a photo needs a subject a story to tell or its just going to be awful after I remembered that my photos got a lot better over the weekend.
Lastly I’d like to mention the masquerade that ran on Sunday. The quality of the entries was fantastic as always and hear is a shocker for you we had good light for indoors was shooting at a reasonable iso for a change to the photos came out much cleaner in terms of noise and sharpness then normal LIGHT makes all the difference only problem I ran into was angle of the stage they put the judges table right in the centre of a small sage this proved difficult think I got good results.
Enjoy. . .