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Taking Epic Self-Portraits: Smartphone Photography Edition

So you’re a Percy Jackson cosplayer. You have the orange shirt, a homemade weapon, a hand-painted necklace, and you’re scrolling through instagram when you see a cosplayer who hired a photographer and drove three hours to meet them in an epic location. And all of a sudden your cosplay posts seem pathetic. They have clear, crisp portraits with a professionally blurred background (called shallow depth of field), effortlessly stunning poses, high quality props, and you’re sitting in your messy bedroom working with an iPhone or android that’s not even the latest model—or if you’re where I was when I first started, you’re using your mom’s old iPad, propped up on a tree stump.

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